John concentrates on developing Aquaya’s research programs related to sanitation outcomes, economics, and markets in urban and rural areas. Based in Kenya, he currently manages research on rural sanitation conditions among pastoralist communities and urban sanitation economics for container-based sanitation. In Ghana, he leads pro-poor targeting and program implementation. John also provides technical support for research related to safe water management in Ghana and Uganda.
Previously, John was a Postdoctoral Research Associate and doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He studied the global sustainability and suitability of resource recovery from sanitation, working within an interdisciplinary perspective that incorporated engineering, economics, agriculture, and social-ecological systems. In particular, he focused on resource-limited contexts such as informal settlements in Kampala, Uganda. John also worked in Uganda for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, helping develop water, sanitation, and school infrastructure programs with Brick by Brick Uganda.
John has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from UIUC, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida, and a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Bucknell University.