Astrid Hasund Thorseth
WASH AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE
My research focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene. In particular, I specialize in the design and evaluation of WASH behaviour change programs and interventions at household and community level, with a particular focus on applying cutting-edge findings from the broad range of the behavioural sciences and applying rigorous qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodologies. I am a member of the Environmental Health Group in the Department of Disease Control and an advisor at the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub.
Prior to working for LSHTM on WASH, I worked in the Manson Unit at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders on innovative approaches to data collection in emergency settings and GIS. I hold an MSc in Medical Entomology for Disease Control from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and for my MSc Thesis I evaluated infestation and insecticide resistance levels in tropical bed bugs in North-West Tanzania. I was based in Tanzania and managed an indoor residual spraying CRT testing novel insecticides for malaria control for LSHTM in collaboration with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, National Institute of Medical Research and the Integrated Vector Control Consortium.
I teach on Applied Public Health in Developing Countries, WASH & Health module and Tropical Diseases & Hygiene Diploma.
I also supervise summer projects for MSc students each year.
At LSHTM my focus has been on designing and evaluating water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition behaviour change programs in Africa and Asia. My current work includes:
- Tool development, user testing, operational research and M&E for the Wash'Em project, a handwashing behaviour change program for humanitarian crises.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the national sanitation campaign in Tanzania (CLEAR)
- Targeted Preventative Behaviours for Cholera Control in Zambia (TAP-C)