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Kory Russel

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Acting Assistant Professor
  • Office: 215 Lawrence Hall
  • City: Eugene
  • Affiliated Departments: African Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Interests: Water, Sanitation, Container-Based Sanitation, Informal Settlements
  • Website: Website
  • Research Website: Research
  • Curriculum Vitae


BS, 2003; MES, 2005, Taylor University; MS, 2013, Ph.D., in Civil and Environmental Engineering, expected 2018, Stanford University

Kory C. Russel is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. Kory teaches courses on sustainable and human-centered design, courses on water, sanitation and public health, as well as course in Environmental Studies. His primary research focuses on planning, designing, and implementing sustainable water and sanitation (WASH) services in low- and middle-income countries. He currently services as the Chair of the Container Based Santiation Alliance (CBSA) and is also the co-founder of there.source sanitation” research initiative originally funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focused on low-cost sanitation services in dense informal settlements.

His other research topics include 1) water, energy, and resource recovery from waste streams; 2) sustainable delivery of water services in rural and urban settings; 3) development and analysis of entrepreneurial-based sanitation service delivery models; and 4) caloric costs of water fetching. He has conducted extensive research internationally including in Haiti and Mozambique. He also spent 3 years in Mozambique serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Additional websites:

Container Based Sanitation Alliance

re.source sanitation