This masterclass will explore the role of circular sanitation economy as a way of shifting the paradigm of waste management to resource production and provide an insight into the benefits and challenges to running an efficient sanitation enterprise. 

Providing safe sanitation in the developing world is still a major hurdle to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number six, with 61% of the global population lacking safely managed sanitation services. People’s sanitation needs are often served by onsite technologies in low income countries, with 5 billion people expected to be served by onsite sanitation by 2030. 
Circular economy business models use the nutrient or energy value of waste and are being implemented as a way of shifting the paradigm of waste management to resource production. This can help address other SDGs including two (Zero Hunger) and seven (Affordable and Clean Energy).  Various models of circular economy sanitation have been introduced by businesses across the world, and in this course we will explore what makes them work as well as how they have overcome barriers to their efficient operation.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationHalf day (09:00 am - 12:30 pm) Registration at 9am
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost


Course structure

This unique masterclass will be delivered live online over 3 hours by Dr Alison Parker who is a Senior Lecturer in International Water and Sanitation. She is a water and sanitation expert with more than 10 years’ experience in research on technologies for urban sanitation and the provision of safe water supplies. Over the years, Alison has also developed an extensive expertise in circular sanitation business models. The masterclass will be a mixture of lecture-like sessions and photo tours combined with engaging discussions.

What you will learn

This masterclass is perfect for anyone who is curious about the opportunities of the circular economy (CE) for sanitation and wants to know more.  Whilst the circular economy for sanitation has clear benefits for human health and the environment, there are a number of challenges to overcome to realise an efficient business and this course will not shy away from discussing these.

After attending this masterclass, you should be able to:

  • Describe the types of circular economy products that can be generated from human waste,
  • Appraise how to combine with other waste streams,
  • Analyse potential markets for these CE products,
  • Explain how circular economy sanitation can fit within a city’s existing sanitation services (or lack thereof),
  • Assess the impacts of the regulatory environment on circular economy businesses.

Core content

  • Circular sanitation economy principles and business models,
  • Resources recovery options and potential markets,
  • Technologies supporting circular sanitation economy,
  • Circular Sanitation economy businesses from a policy/regulatory perspective,
  • Circular sanitation economy in action: case studies.

Who should attend

Anyone who is looking to develop or support enterprises who are realising this circular economy for sanitation. This could include entrepreneurs, investors, NGO staff or donors.


Dr Alison Parker

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