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Dr Tracy Morse

Research Fellow

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Dr Tracy Morse is an environmental heath practitioner and research associate 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 (Millennium Project). 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 three Scottish Government International Development Grants (2006 - 2013: £570, 886), which have addressed preventive health with specific focus on 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 has been invited and completed work with the Malawian Ministry of Health 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.

Dr Morse also represents the University of Malawi on the Africa Academy for Environmental Health ( a network of 23 universities in 14 African countries. She holds the Portfolio for Gender Parity and has been responsible for a grant from the Association of African Universities (£93, 760) to build capacity in female environmental health academics in African higher education institutes. This led to the formation of the African Women Environmental Health Network. She continues to undertake collaborative environmental health research with partner universities in the areas of waste management, geophagia and malaria control.


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)
Interactional co-design and co-production through shared dialogue workshops
Buck Lyndon, Morse Tracy, Lungu Kingsley, Petney Matthew
International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, (2017)
Assessment of implementation of the health management information system at the district level in southern Malawi
Kasambara Ansley, Kumwenda Save, Kalulu Khumbo, Lungu Kingsley, Beattie Tara, Masangwi Salule Joseph, Ferguson Neil, Morse Tracy
Malawi Medical Journal : the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi Vol 29, pp. 240-246, (2017)
Using participatory methods to design an mHealth intervention for a low income country, a case study in Chikwawa, Malawi
Laidlaw Rebecca, Dixon Diane, Morse Tracy, Beattie Tara K., Kumwenda Save, Mpemberera Grant
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making Vol 17, (2017)
Is there a difference in prevalence of helminths between households using ecological sanitation and those using traditional pit latrines? A latrine based cross sectional comparative study in Malawi
Kumwenda Save, Msefula Chisomo, Kadewa Wilfred, Diness Yohane, Kato Charles, Morse Tracy, Ngwira Bagrey
BMC Research Notes Vol 10, (2017)
Care-seeking for diarrhoea in Southern Malawi : attitudes, practices and implications for diarrhoea control
Masangwi Salule, Ferguson Neil, Grimason Anthony, Morse Tracy, Kazembe Lawrence
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 13, (2016)

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Professional activities

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
IFEH World Environmental Health Congress

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SHARE project
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2016 - 19-Jan-2018
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-May-2020
My Life, My Choice
Rippon, Sarah Frances (Principal Investigator) Morse, Tracy (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.
Period 01-Jul-2014 - 31-Aug-2015
Building Capacity in Female Academics in Environmental Health in Africa
Morse, Tracy (Academic)
Funded by the Association of African Universities the project was managed by Dr Morse for the Africa Academy for Environmental Health. Reaching
Period 01-May-2010 - 31-Oct-2011
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
Period 26-Jun-2013 - 31-Mar-2014
Gap Analysis for Environmental Health Research in Malawi
Morse, Tracy (Academic)
Analysis of research gaps for environmental health within Malawi which contributed to the National Health Research Agenda 2011 - 2016
Period 01-Jul-2010 - 30-Apr-2011

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