Dr Tracy Morse

Research Fellow

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Dr Tracy Morse is an environmental heath practitioner and research fellow who as been based in Malawi since 2000 at the University of Malawi (Polytechnic). She is currently project manager of the Scotland Chikhwawa Health Initiative (YouTube Video) and coordinates University of Strathclyde activities in Malawi. Dr Morse has extensive experience of both field research and project management in Malawi.

Dr Morse has been project manager for the Scotland Chikhwawa Health Initiative since 2006. During this time she has overseen the implementation, development, monitoring and evaluation of four Scottish Government International Development Grants (2006 - 2016: £995, 886), which have addressed preventive health with specific focus on healthy settings approach, child and maternal health. These programmes are based at community level and address the social, behavioural, economic and environmental determinants of health (Basic Project Details).

She is currently the National Coordiantor for Malawi of the Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity Consortium (SHARE) led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she leads research on integration of WASH and hygiene of weaning foods, menstrual hygiene management, sanitation technology. She also coordinates the research uptake programme. 

She has been invited and completed work with the Malawian Ministry of Health (WHO and UNICEF) and National Commission for Science and Technology. These include the development of policy frameworks for the control of diarrhoeal disease in Malawi (Charting the course for integrated diarrhea control in Malawi) and a National Gap Analysis for Environmental Health which has been adopted in the National Health Research Agenda, a situation analysis for food safety in Malawi and review of the Sanitation and Hygiene based strategies. 

Dr Morse also represents the University of Malawi on the Africa Academy for Environmental Health (www.ifeh.org/afa) a network of 23 universities in 14 African countries. She holds the Portfolio for Gender Parity.  



A transdisciplinary co-design and behaviour change approach to introducing sodis to rural communities in Malawi
Morse Tracy, Lungu Kingsley, Luwe Kondwani, Chiwalua Levison, Mulwafu Wapulumuka, Buck Lyndon, Harlow Richard, Fagan Honor, McGuigan Kevin
University of North Carolina Water and Health Conference 2018 (2018)
Social capital insights from healthy settings needs assessment in Malawi
Rippon Sarah, Beattie Tara K, Lungu Kingsley, Kumwenda Save, Morse Tracy
PLOS One Vol 13 (2018)
Achieving an integrated approach to food safety and hygiene—meeting the sustainable development goals in Sub-Saharan Africa
Morse Tracy D, Masuku Humphreys, Rippon Sarah, Kubwalo Hudson
Sustainability Vol 10 (2018)
Review Report of the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) and Hand Washing with Soap (HWWS) Strategies
Taulo Steven , Kambala Christabel, Kumwenda Save, Morse Tracy
Estimating the health risk associated with the use of ecological sanitation toilets in Malawi
Kumwenda Save, Msefula Chisomo, Kadewa Wilfred, Ngwira Bagrey, Morse Tracy
Journal of Environmental and Public Health Vol 2017 (2017)
Transforming cities introduction securing food and clean waterways through a transdisciplinary phosphorus approach
Cordell Dana, Metson Geneviève S, Iwaniec David M, Bui Thuy T, Childers Daniel L, Dao Nguyet, Dang Huyen TT, Kumwenda Save, Morse Tracy, Thole Bernard, Tilley Elizabeth A
Transdisciplinary Research and Practice for Sustainable Outcomes (2017) (2017)

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Professional activities

University of Malawi (External organisation)
IFEH World Environmental Health Congress
Keynote/plenary speaker
University of Strathclyde - Chikwawa Dissemination Workshop
Presentation: Reactive: My Life, My Choice - empowering youth in Malawi
Invited speaker
Thought Leadership Dialogue
Invited speaker
IFEH World Environmental Health Congress

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Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2020
SHARE project
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2018
My Life, My Choice
Rippon, Sarah Frances (Principal Investigator) Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator) Kumwenda, Save (Principal Investigator)
A programme funded through the Universities RE:Active 2014 programme as a legacy to the commonwealth games. The My Life, My Choice project in Chikwawa (Malawi) aimed to use sport and youth activities to promote youth empowerment and healthy life choices. The project received an initial funding of £1000 which was then supported with £2000 extension funding to meet the needs of community based as well as school based youth. The project also provided support for students from the University of Malawi (Polytechnic) to provide continuing mentoring to secondary school students on career and life choices.
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2015
Situation Analysis for Food Safety and Quality in Malawi - WHO
Morse, Tracy (Academic)
World Health Organisation funded situation analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current food safety systems in Malawi and map recommendations
26-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2014
Scotland Chikhwawa Health Initiative (SCHI) - Healthy Settings
Beattie, Tara (Principal Investigator) Morse, Tracy (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 30-Jan-2016
Gap Analysis for Environmental Health Research in Malawi
Morse, Tracy (Academic) Lungu, Kingsley (Academic) Taulo, Steven (Academic)
Analysis of research gaps for environmental health within Malawi which contributed to the National Health Research Agenda 2011 - 2016
01-Jan-2010 - 30-Jan-2011

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