Dr Tracy Morse

Senior Lecturer

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 leads an interdisciplinary research team on a number of projects centred around the determinants of health, with a particular focus on water, sanitation and hygiene, food hygiene and behaviour change. Working with a number of partners across Malawi and other African countries, she is focussed on promoting the value of the environmental health profession and interdisciplinary research to address health challenges in low income countries. This includes undertaking policy reviews, situation analysis and developing national strategies to support evidence into practice. 

Examples of previous and current projects:

2006 - 2016: Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative

2015 - 2020: Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity Consortium (SHARE)

2015 - 2020: WATERSPOUTT (EH Horizon 2020) 

2018 - 2021: Drivers of Antimicrobial Resistance in Uganda and Malawi (DRUM)

2019 - 2024: Tsogolo Langa (sexual and reproductive health rights for adolescents)




Environmental health practitioners : a key cadre in the control of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa
Morse Tracy, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Musoke David, Beattie Tara K, Mudaly Selva
BMJ Global Health Vol 5 (2020)
Self–reported versus observed measures : validation of child caregiver food hygiene practices in rural Malawi
Chidziwisano Kondwani, Tilley Elizabeth, Morse Tracy
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 17 (2020)
Improving complementary food hygiene behaviors using the Risk, Attitude, Norms, Ability, and Self-Regulation approach in rural Malawi
Chidziwisano Kondwani, Slekiene Jurgita, Mosler Hans-Joachim, Morse Tracy
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Vol 102, pp. 1104-1115 (2020)
Health outcomes of an integrated behaviour centred water, sanitation, hygiene and food safety intervention - a randomised before and after trial
Morse Tracy, Tilley Elizabeth, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Malolo Rossanie, Musaya Janelisa
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 17 (2020)
A transdisciplinary methodology for introducing solar water disinfection to rural communities in Malawi - formative research findings
Morse Tracy, Luwe Kondwani, Lungu Kingsley, Chiwaula Levison, Mulwafu Wapulumuka, Buck Lyndon, Harlow Richard, Fagan G Honor, McGuigan Kevin
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (2020)
Evidence on Populations and Programs to Support Contraceptive Service Design, with special reference to Adolescents in Sub Saharan Africa : Tsogolo Langa Desk review
Malata Monica, Stones William, Morse Tracy

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Professional activities

IFEH Academic Conference
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

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Sanitation for Urban Inclusion, Transformation and Equity (SUITE)
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2021
Drivers of Resistance in Uganda and Malawi: The DRUM Consortium
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2021
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2020
SHARE project
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2020
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

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
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