Diogo Gomes Da Silva
20172020

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Research interests

My areas of interest include environmental pollution, especially water pollution. My research focus mainly on Water, Sanitation and Hygene (WASH) issues including, health-related water microbiology, microbial source tracking (MST), faecal sludge management,  waterborne disease control, water and sanitation safety plans, bathing water quality, water eutrophication and shellfish safety.

Approach to teaching

I am the module leader of GY531 Environmental Pollution, also lecturing on GY634 Water Sanitation and Health, GY431 Global Environmental Issues and GY591 Geography Fieldwork at undergraduate level. I also supervise local and overseas fieldwork along with undergraduate, master’s and PhD's  level dissertations.

In my lectures I like to include  practical approaches such as sessions in the laboratory and fieldwork. I think 'hands on' experience is one of the best ways to learn and fix the knowledge acquired. I like to engage with my students by delivering informative lectures supported by a variety of visual aids. I also like to guide my students towards the most relevant books and peer-reviewed journals. In my lectures I use a wide variety of case studies, including those  from my research group’s (EPHREG) work in water and sanitation in the UK, South America, Africa and Asia.

I expect my students to participate actively in my lectures, taking notes, asking questions and helping each other. I also expect them to read widely and to keep themselves updated with the most recent research advances in their field of study.

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