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Mr Luca Di Mario

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Luca Di Mario

Research Student

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Sustainable Development

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32695

Email: ld358@eng.cam.ac.uk


Research interests

My research focuses on resource (i.e. nutrients, water and energy) recovery and reuse in agriculture for low-income countries. I am testing the feasibility of reuse Business Models at scale in Lima, Bangalore, Hanoi and Kampala.

Material Flow Analysis, with a focus on Water, Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorous, is at the core of my methodology.

The PhD research is part of a broader research programme lead by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Water and Sanitation Department of the Swiss Institute for Aquatic Research (SANDEC).

Biography

I graduated in Environmental Engineering from ‘Sapienza- Università di Roma’ in 2007. Right after my graduation, I worked as water engineer in the Sahrawi refugee camps (South Algeria), where I designed a water distribution system for a hospital and conducted a pilot project for micro-irrigation systems powered by photovoltaic energy.

After the experience in the camps, I continued my studies with a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. My dissertation focused on rural and peri-urban sanitation for low-income countries, and for this I spent one month in rural Nepal interacting with rural/peri-urban communities. This fieldwork was funded by EWB-UK and the outcomes were presented at the Royal Academy of Engineering during the EWB-UK research conference in 2009.

In 2009, I joined the University of Cambridge as MPhil student in Engineering for Sustainable Development, after I was awarded a ‘Bill and Melinda Gates’ scholarship. During the year I mainly focused on sustainable applications for the developing world.

After the MPhil, I worked as consultant for the UN – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Water Management specialist. I worked on small-scale irrigation and water development projects in India, Bangladesh and Ethiopia and I coordinated two research grants on the effectiveness of Water Users’ Associations in Asia and Near East and North Africa.

I re-joined the Centre for Sustainable Development in 2012 as a PhD student. My research focuses on resource (i.e. nutrients, water and energy) reuse and recovery in agriculture for low-income countries and from the perspective of business models. The main aim of my research is to understand the environmental/health risks of RR&R and necessary mitigation strategies. The research is part of a joint IWMI/WHO research project.

My medium term career goal is to continue working as technical advisor on water & environment for the developing world.