Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Olivia Cooke

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Olivia Cooke

Assessment and mitigation of storm runoff loads from an informal settlement (slum)

One of the biggest global health problems today is that posed by urban conditions, most significantly in developing countries, where there is a proliferation of informal settlements due to rapid and continued migration from rural to urban areas. Within informal settlements the lack of infrastructure including sanitation and sewage facilities can generate serious problems for health and the environment. It is necessary to understand the processes and characteristics of runoff to mitigate health risks from storm runoff. The aim of this PhD is to develop a scientific theory which determines how stormwater runoff, quality and quantity, is influenced by human and environmental factors. This project will focus research in Enkanini, one of the primary slums near Cape Town, South Africa. This research will evaluate variations in quantity and quality between catchments and different storm events in a South African slum with the aim of developing successful long-term mitigation strategies. This research will be performed in collaboration between the University of Bath and its international partners Stellenbosch University and Emory University.

Olivia is a PhD Student on the WISE CDT based at the University of Bath in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. She is part of both the Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR) research group and the Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC).


Drs Lee Bryant and Thomas Kjeldsen