Water, Health, and Food Security

This cluster represents the intersection of two key research areas focused on health and food security, which are associated with water. An essential aspect of this cluster is to frame questions around sustainability, attuned to the fact that what scholars think the community needs and may be different from what they want, which leads to ultimately unsuccessful interventions. Therefore, there is a clear need to inform the development of technologies and programs taking into consideration social and economic factors. The cluster will rely on lessons learned from an ongoing UConn National Science Foundation-funded PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) project in Ethiopia; researchers from different disciplines have successfully collaborated to build a project that aims to understand how the relationships between scientists, farmers, water managers, and other authorities influence the production, dissemination, and outcome of new scientific knowledge.

Affiliated Faculty

Emmanouil Anagnostou (Environmental Engineering)


Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou (Civil and Environmental Engineering)


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Audrey Chapman (Department of Community Medicine and Health Care)



Amy Gorin (Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy)


Baikun Li (Civil and Environmental Engineering)


Kathryn Libal (S,ocial Work and Human Rights)


Jeffrey McCutcheon (Chemical Engineering)


Tim Vadas (Civil and Environmental Engineering)



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McGinnis, R.L., Reimund, K.K., Ren, J., Xia, L., Chowdhury, M.R., Sun, X, Abril, M., Moon, J.D., Merrick, M.M., Park, J., Stevens, K.A., McCutcheon, J.R., Freeman, B.D. (2018). Large scale polymeric carbon nanotube membranes with sub-1.27 nm pores.” Science Advances 4, e1700938

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Mellor, J., Kumpel, E., Ercumen, A., & Zimmerman, J. (2016). Systems Approach to Climate, Water, and Diarrhea in Hubli-Dharwad, India.Environmental science & technology, 50(23), 13042-13051.

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Azage, M., A. Kumie, A. Worku, and A.C. Bagtzoglou. (2016).Childhood Diarrhea in High and Low Hotspot Districts of Amhara Region, Northwest Ethiopia: A Multilevel Modeling, Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 35(13): DOI 10.1186/s41043-016-0052-2.

Azage, M., A. Kumie, A. Worku, and A.C. Bagtzoglou. (2015). Childhood Diarrhea Exhibits Spatiotemporal Variation in Northwest Ethiopia: A SaTScan Spatial Statistical Analysis, PLOS ONE, 10(12): DOI 10.1371/ journal.pone.0144690.

Mellor, J., Abebe, L., Ehdaie, B., Dillingham, R., & Smith, J. (2014). Modeling the sustainability of a ceramic water filter intervention. Water research, 49, 286-299.
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Mellor, J. E., Smith, J. A., Learmonth, G. P., Netshandama, V. O., & Dillingham, R. A. (2012). “Modeling the complexities of water, hygiene, and health in Limpopo Province, South Africa.” Environmental science & technology, 46(24), 13512-13520.

Mellor, J. E., Smith, J. A., Learmonth, G. P., Netshandama, V. O., & Dillingham, R. A. (2012). Modeling the complexities of water, hygiene, and health in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Environmental science & technology, 46(24), 13512-13520.

Hossain, F., A.C. Bagtzoglou, N. Nahar and M.D. Hossain. (2006). Statistical Characterization of Arsenic Contamination in Shallow Wells of Western Bangladesh. Hydrological Processes, 20(7): 1497-1510.

Hossain, F., J. Hill, and A.C. Bagtzoglou. (2007). Geostatistically Based Zonal Management of Arsenic Contaminated Ground Water in Shallow Wells of Bangladesh.Water Resources Management, 21(7): 1245-1261.