Professor Val Curtis
BSc MSc PhD
Director of the Environmental Health Group, a multidisciplinary group researching hygiene, sanitation and water (WASH). Trained in engineering, epidemiology and anthropology, I study human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective.
I organise the Design of Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries MSc Module, teach on the Tropical Environmental Health Study Module and give an annual public health lecture at LSHTM.
I research hygiene, disgust and behaviour. I co-developed Behaviour Centred Design. which combines the latest in behavioural science with a process for designing and testing novel interventions. BCD has been used to promote handwashing, food hygiene, infant nutrition sanitation and exercise in Africa, Asia and in Europe. SuperAmma is a handwashing promotion programme in India.
You can visit my TED talk on how behaviour settings control what we do.
I am author of "Don't Look, Don't Touch, the Science behind Revulsion" (OUP, 2014), which is about the evolution and function of disgust and its relationship to morality. I discuss why this matters in this Huffington post interview.
I am co-author of "Gaining Control: How Human Behaviour Evolved" also with OUP (2015)
I cofounded the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, and I am partnership committee member of the Toilet Board Coalition. I advise the Indian and the Tanzanian Governments on their national sanitation campaigns and Unilever on sustainability.