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)


Design and evaluation of large volume transparent plastic containers for water remediation by solar disinfection
Polo-López M Inmaculada, Martínez-García Azahara, Abeledo-Lameiro MJ, Buck Lyndon, Marasini R, Marugan Javier, Garcia-Gil A, Morse Tracy, Brockliss Steven, Fererro Giuliana, Lungu Kingsley, Teferi M, Asmelash T, Gómez-Couso Hipolito H, Fernandez-Ibañez Pilar, McGuigan Kevin
Photo- and Electrochemical Water Treatment: For the Removal of Contaminants of Emerging Concern For the Removal of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (2022) (2022)
Guardian Waiting Shelters in Malawi : An Essential but Neglected Part of The Health System
Panulo Mindy, Lamb Jennifer, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Morse Tracy
Perceptions of inclusivity and sustainability in urban sanitation in Global South cities
Luwe Kondwani, Sindall Rebecca C, Garcia-Becerra Flor Y, Chinyama Annatoria, Lohiya Huda, Hope Caitlin, Paczkowski Fryderyk, Komakech Hans C, Morse Tracy
Environmental Health Insights Vol 16, pp. 1-13 (2022)
Good health and well-being
Morse Tracy
Measuring Up 2.0 How the UK is Performing on the Sustainable Development Goals [UN Global Compact Network UK, Measuring Up 2.0, 2022] (2022) (2022)
Adherence to hand hygiene among nurses and clinicians at Chiradzulu District Hospital, Southern Malawi
Nzanga Monica, Panulo Mindy, Morse Tracy, Chidziwisano Kondwani
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 19 (2022)
Does poor mental health impair the effectiveness of complementary food hygiene behavior change intervention in rural Malawi? Inclusion of child caregivers with poor mental health in humanitarian action
Slekiene Jurgita, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Morse Tracy
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 19 (2022)

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Professional activities

StrathCEKO - Strathclyde Climate Education Kick-Off: A systems thinking approach to scalable, peer-to-peer climate education
SDSN UK THE Impact Rankings online seminar
Peking University Globex Summer School - Sustainability Theory and Practice
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Challenge
How can Scottish global development programming evolve?
Keeping 1.5 Alive. Mobilising student action through placements in city and region for climate emergency and climate justice

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NIHR Global Health Research Group on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator) Beattie, Tara (Co-investigator) Davidson, Jennifer (Co-investigator) Henderson, Marion (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
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) (GCRF)
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

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
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