Advisor: Professor Jamie Bartram
Vidya Venkataramanan joined the Water Institute in 2012 as a PhD student. Her research is focused on understanding the nature and effectiveness of sanitation behavior change interventions, specifically Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS). She is also interested in assessing the impact of rural-urban migration on sanitation behavior. While at UNC, Vidya has conducted a systematic literature review on the effectiveness of CLTS, and is currently gathering field data on rural sanitation interventions through qualitative case studies in eight countries. She has field research experience in India, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Uganda, Niger, Haiti, and the United States. She received a BA in International Relations and an MPH in International Health from Boston University, and has worked as a program evaluation consultant in infectious diseases at the CDC and Public Health Foundation of India. Vidya hopes to use the knowledge she gains from her PhD research at UNC to improve the effectiveness of sanitation behavior change interventions, whether it is through applied research or program management.