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Cecilia’s research interests include three main themes: urban infrastructures, everyday life, and urban-socio ecological inequalities. Her work explores urban water and sanitation infrastructures in global South contexts through a focus on the lived experiences of those who deal with them on day to day basis (from users, to infrastructure workers, to service providers). Her research reveals how social relations, infrastructural imaginaries, cultural meanings, and embodied experiences shape (differentiated) everyday infrastructural practices and the micropolitics of service provision. More recently she has engaged in interdisciplinary projects examining everyday domestic practices in the UK in relation to different service provision and environmental challenges. In these projects she brings relevant insights from researching urban infrastructures in the global South to understand everyday infrastructure interactions in other contexts. In her work she engages with a range of theories including everyday urbanisms, feminist and situated urban political ecologies, social practices and science and technology studies.

Cecilia holds a MSc in Water Management (UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education), an MA in International Development and Cooperation (University of Granada), and a BSc in Environmental Sciences (URJC). Prior to commencing her PhD she has worked and conducted research in different water and sanitation projects in development contexts. 

Supervisors: Dr. Alison Browne and Dr. Deljana Iossifova


Guest Lectures

  • Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Global South. BA Geography. The University of Manchester. 2017 and 2018 
  • Research Methods Workshop. Master of Architecture. Manchester School of Architecture. The University of Manchester. 2018 
  • Sanitation Governance Module. MSc Programme in Sanitation. IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education. 2018. 
  • Summer course: Diverting the flow, feminist questions of water. IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education. 2018, 2017 and 2016.
  • Urban Water Governance Module. MSc in Water Management. UNESCO-IHE. 2015
  • Water governance Module. MSc in Water Management. UNESCO-IHE. 2014

Teaching Assistant Work

Co-Supervision of MSc Thesis

Co-supervised 5 MSc Thesis. Program in International Development Studies (MSc). The University of Amsterdam.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


  • everyday practices
  • urban infrastructures
  • urban water and sanitation
  • global South and everyday urbanism
  • feminisms
  • urban political ecology


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