Dr Tracy Morse

Senior Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Dr Tracy Morse is Senior Lecturer and Head of Strathclyde Centre for Sustainable Development. Having previously been based in Malawi for 20 years, she leads an interdisciplinary research team with a focus on addressing the determinants of health in low and middle income countries. Working with a number of partners globally, she is focussed on promoting the importance of transdisciplinary research in addressing sustainable development for all, and supporting the transformational change needed to support attainment of UN SDGs. 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)


Assessment of the 20L SODIS bucket household water treatment technology under field conditions in rural Malawi
Brockliss Steven, Luwe Kondwani, Fererro Giuliana, Morse Tracy
International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health Vol 240 (2022)
Hygiene in early childhood development centres in low-income areas of Blantyre, Malawi
Mwapasa Taonga, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Lally David, Morse Tracy
International Journal of Environmental Health Research (2022)
Drivers of resistance in Uganda and Malawi (DRUM) : a protocol for the evaluation of one-health drivers of extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL) resistance in low-middle income countries (LMICs)
Cocker Derek, Sammarro Melodie, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Elviss Nicola, Jacob Shevin T, Kajumbula Henry, Mugisha Lawrence, Musoke David, Musicha Patrick, Roberts Adam P, Rowlingson Barry, Singer Andrew C, Byrne Rachel L, Edwards Thomas, Lester Rebecca, Wilson Catherine, Hollihead Beth, Thomson Nicholas, Jewell Christopher P, Morse Tracy, Feasey Nicholas
Wellcome Open Research (2022)
A qualitative study exploring health workers and patient caregivers' hand hygiene practices in a neonatal unit in Blantyre, Malawi, implications for controlling outbreaks of drug resistant infections
Mangochi Helen, Tolhurst Rachel, Simpson Victoria, Kawaza Kondwani, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Feasey Nicholas A, Morse Tracy, MacPherson Eleanor
Wellcome Open Research (2021)
A novel ESBL colilert system for environmental surveillance of AMR bacteria at markets in LMICs
Masoamphambe Effita, Cocker Derek, Feasey Nicholas, Berendes David, Kirby Amy, Chidziwisano Kondwani Regson, Panulo Mindy, Morse Tracy
UNC Water and Health (2021)
The role of environmental health in preventing antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries
Musoke David, Namata Carol, Lubega Grace Biyinzika, Niyongabo Filimin, Gonza Joviah, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Nalinya Sarah, Nuwematsiko Rebecca, Morse Tracy
Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine Vol 26 (2021)

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Professional activities

Royal Academy of Engineering - Africa Showcase
COP26 Reflections
UNC Water and Health
UNC Water and Health
Climate Connect - Future Climate Leaders
Peking University Globex Summerschool: Sustainability Theory and Practices

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British Colonialism, Marine Sciences, and Fisheries Governance: Lessons from Lake Malawi in the Mid- Twentieth Century
Wilson, David (Principal Investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator) Morse, Tracy (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2022 - 03-Jan-2023
VIP4SD: Building Pandemic Resilience (£10K)
Perry, Marcus (Principal Investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator) Morse, Tracy (Co-investigator) Vlachakis, Christos (Research Co-investigator)
This VIP4SD project will develop methods of using Indoor Environmental Quality metrics to rapidly inform best practice for managing and designing buildings to enhance the health and wellbeing of occupants, initially by informing short- and long- term COVID-19 disaster responses.
Improving Hygiene in Guardian Waiting Shelters and Communities in Malawi: an intervention development and feasibility study
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 20-Jan-2023
Sustainable Plastic Attitudes to benefit Communities and their Environments (SPACES)
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
04-Jan-2021 - 03-Jan-2025
A roadmap for implementing the SDGs using space data
White, Chris (Principal Investigator) Morse, Tracy (Co-investigator) Sindico, Francesco (Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator) McKee, David (Co-investigator)
Space data offers high-resolution, real-time, global scale earth observation and monitoring of our planet. Over half of the Essential Climate Variables (ECV) can only be measured from space, spanning the oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial elements of the earth climate system. As well as supporting long term climate monitoring and modelling of impacts and change, space data offers a unique opportunity to support global efforts in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These include observing global changes over different time scales such as rising sea levels, the quantification of our global carbon footprint, and the accounting of natural capital. Climate change is also increasing the frequency and severity of natural disasters which impact our most vulnerable populations, economies and environments. Space-based assets can support impact-based early-warning forecasts and real-time monitoring solutions to prepare for and respond to natural disasters such as floods, wildfires, and cyclones, as well as contributing to event attribution analyses that can enable relating causes to impacts.
Achieving the SDGs, and harnessing the potential of space data in a changing climate is beyond the reach of any single individual or institution. At Strathclyde, while we are well placed to service the Scottish government's needs on sustainable development, we do not fully understand where our cross-disciplinary expertise lies with regards to both sustainable development and the use of space data. The ambitions of the SDGs call for coordination and collective efforts from across disciplines and institutions. It is therefore critical that Strathclyde’s researchers and thinkers are able to come together in a common SDG vision through a detailed ‘roadmap’ to guide (and collaborate with) the Space Cluster and other external partners in how space data can be used to support sustainable development and the implementation of the SDGs.
The objectives of this project are to:
1.Review the SDGs and global space ECV data, including availability, accessibility, uncertainties and usability, based on existing publications and resources
2.Explore Strathclyde’s cross-disciplinary sustainability and space expertise, supported by the Space Cluster, the CfSD and SCELG, and map Strathclyde’s sustainability and space expertise to the SDGs
3.Review earth observation and space-related sustainable development expertise across the UK
4. Create a ‘roadmap’ for Strathclyde’s Space Cluster, identifying challenges, knowledge gaps and opportunities for external partnerships towards the implementation of the SDGs using space data

TIC Zone Ideas Fund (Strathclyde) (£11,653)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Sanitation for Urban Inclusion, Transformation and Equity (SUITE) (GCRF)
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
Sanitation for Urban Inclusion, Transformation and Equity (SUITE)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2021

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