Brenda's main research interests are related to sustainable sanitation solutions, with focus on decentralized small scale wastewater facilities.
Her background is in Environmental Sciences in general and Water Resources in particular. During her Master's studies, the focus of her thesis was on sustainable sanitation. She conducted research at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala on blackwater sanitation with urea treatment, in a case study. She carried out the lab work and elaborated a life cycle analysis comparing decentralized blackwater treatment with conventional centralized treatment.
Brenda started her PhD in March 2016 and works with multicriteria analysis by comparing different de-centralized technologies for household´s wastewater according to their sustainability. In her analysis she considers five main criteria with related indicators; environmental, social, economic, health and technological. Moreover, she investigated and sampled already existing small-scale wastewater facilities, where phosphorous filter´s performance and bacteria discharges were analysed. She presented her Licentiate work in December 2018.
By using environmental assessment and decision support tools such as multicriteria analysis and by collecting field data, Brenda would like to contribute to the development of knowledge and better understanding of small-scale wastewater systems, their sustainability and resilience in a context of adaptation in a changing world.