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22 November 2023 - 22 November 2023

12:00PM - 1:00PM

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the relationship between the health of the city and good sanitation has never been more important. Sanitation is one of modern urban life’s most neglected issues.

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This lecture makes the case for sanitation for all, arguing for a renewed, equitable investment in sanitation as a foundation of urban social life. Adopting Henri Lefebvre’s concept of ‘the right to the city’, it uses the notion of ‘citylife’ to reframe the discourse on sanitation from a narrowly defined policy discussion to a question of the democratic right to public life.

This event is part of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Guest Lecture Series 2023/24. An Abstract Booklet featuring all events in this series is available here. 



McFarlane, Colin (2023): Waste and the City. The Crisis of Sanitation and the Right to Citylife, London.

Beard, Victoria A., David Satterthwaite, Diana Mitlin & Jillian Du (2022): Out of sight, out of mind. Under­standing the sanitation crisis in global South cities. In: Journal of Environmental Management 306 (