Professor Duncan Mara

Professor Duncan Mara


Water and environmental engineering, especially tropical public health engineering and tropical sanitary microbiology (water, sanitation and health in developing countries; low-cost sewerage; low-cost wastewater treatment and reuse).

Lecturer in Public Health Engineering, University of Nairobi, 1970−1973. Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Public Health Engineering, University of Dundee, 1973−1979. Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, 1979−present. Visiting Professor of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia), 1996−present.

DSc(Eng), University of Leeds, 2001; European Engineer; Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Chartered Engineer; Fellow of the Institute of Biology and Chartered Biologist; Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management; Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Member of the International Water Association; Advisor to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme and the World Health Organization. Awarded the IWA Pergamon Publications Medal in 1990 and 2000, and the CIWEM World of Difference Award 2007.

Research interests

Low-cost wastewater treatment and reuse Research into enhanced performance of waste stabilization ponds to produce microbiologically safe effluents for crop irrigation and fish culture: high-rate anaerobic ponds; rational design of baffles for facultative ponds. Use of quantitative microbial risk analysis to assess safety of wastewater-irrigated foods. Research into the application of waste stabilization ponds and pond effluent polishing technologies for the rural UK and Europe.

Low-cost sewerage Research into simplified/condominial sewerage for use in the periurban tropics.

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