Professor Tracy Morse

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Personal statement

Tracy Morse is Professor of Environmental Health and Head of Strathclyde Centre for Sustainable Development, supporting the University to embed sustainable development at the heart of its activities. Having previously been based in Malawi for 20 years, she leads an interdisciplinary research team with a focus on addressing environmental health challenges 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 research 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 - 2022: Drivers of Antimicrobial Resistance in Uganda and Malawi (DRUM) 2021 - 2024: Sustainable Plastic Attitudes to benefit Communities and their Environments (SPACES) 2021 - 2023: Improving Hygiene in Guardian Waiting Shelters and Communities in Malawi: an intervention development and feasibility study 2022-2023: British Colonialism, Marine Sciences, and Fisheries Governance: Lessons from Lake Malawi in the Mid-Twentieth Century 2022 - 2026: NIHR Global Health Research Group on Adolescent Health and Well-Being (Malawi)

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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 Vol 33, pp. 751-767 (2023)
Risk factors, temporal dependence, and seasonality of human ESBL-producing E. coli and K. pneumoniae colonisation in Malawi : a longitudinal model-based approach
Sammarro Melodie, Rowlingson Barry, Cocker Derek, Chidziwisano Kondwani Regson, Jacob Shevin T, Kajumbula Henry, Mugisha Lawrence, Musoke David, Lester Rebecca, Morse Tracy, Feasey Nicholas, Jewell Christopher P
Clinical Infectious Diseases Vol 77, pp. 1-8 (2023)
Investigating One Health risks for human colonisation with extended spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in Malawian households : a longitudinal cohort study
Cocker Derek, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Mphasa Madalitso, Mwapasa Taonga, Lewis Joseph M, Rowlingson Barry, Sammarro Melodie, Bakali Winnie, Salifu Chifundo, Zuza Allan, Charles Mary, Mandula Tamandani, Maiden Victor, Amos Stevie, Jacob Shevin T, Kajumbula Henry, Mugisha Lawrence, Musoke David, Byrne Rachel, Edwards Thomas, Lester Rebecca, Elviss Nicola, Roberts Adam P, Singer Andrew C, Jewell Christopher, Morse Tracy, Feasey Nicholas A
The Lancet Microbe Vol 4, pp. e534-e543 (2023)
Open defaecation by proxy : tackling the increase of disposable diapers in waste piles in informal settlements
White Hannah L, Mwapasa Taonga, Mphasa Madalitso, Kalonde Patrick Ken, Feasey Nicholas, Oliver David M, Ormsby Michael J, Morse Tracy, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Quilliam Richard S
International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health Vol 250 (2023)
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 (2023)
A qualitative study exploring health workers and patient caregivers' hand hygiene practices in a neonatal unit in Blantyre, Malawi : implications for controlling healthcare-associated infections
Mangochi Helen, Tolhurst Rachel, Simpson Victoria, Kawaza Kondwani, Chidziwisano Kondwani, Feasey Nicholas A, Morse Tracy, MacPherson Eleanor
Wellcome Open Research Vol 7 (2023)

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Professional Activities

Tackling complex global challenges in the African Continent: A whole system approach
Peking University Globex Summer School 2023 - Sustainability Theory and Practice
Joint UK-China Expert Symposium on Sustainable Development and Decarbonisation
Our long-term vision for international development in the post-COVID era
University Of Strathclyde (Organisational unit)
StrathCEKO - Strathclyde Climate Education Kick-Off: A systems thinking approach to scalable, peer-to-peer climate education

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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
Improving Hygiene in Guardian Waiting Shelters and Communities in Malawi: an intervention development and feasibility study
Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-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
Impact of COVID-19 on health centre service delivery in urban and rural Malawi
Beattie, Tara (Co-investigator) Morse, Tracy (Principal Investigator)
14-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020

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Professor Tracy Morse
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tel: 548 3133