Peter Mawioo

PhD fellow


Peter Matuku Mawioo is a PhD research fellow in the Sanitary Engineering Chair Group in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. He is a Sanitary Engineer with a MSc. in Municipal Water and Infrastructure; specialization in Sanitary Engineering from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands where he graduated in 2010. In his MSc research entitled Optimization of a Novel Submerged Membrane Bioreactor System, he investigated the application of Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology for the treatment of highly concentrated Industrial Wastewater in a food processing industry located in Wijchen, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Peter graduated with a first class honors BSc degree in  the Department of Civil and Environemntal Engineering; speacialization in Water and Environmental Engineering from Egerton University, Kenya in 2006. He has worked as a Water and Sanitation Engineer in various projects in Kenya and south Sudan. In November 2011, he started his PhD. study in Sanitary Engineering focusing on the development of novel concepts and technologies for excreta and wastewater management in emergency relief.

He is also an astute businessman that has invested in a range of business lines in engineering and environment. Besides, Peter is a co-founder and member of the Mwangaza Development Initiative (MDI), a local organization in Kenya that nurtures talent among the youth and offers financial support to the bright and needy pupils to access high school education.

Mr Peter Mawioo awarded doctoral degree on 16 January 2020. Find the link to his thesis here:




Mawioo, P.M, Garcia, H.A., Hooijmans, C.M., Velkushanova, K., Simonic, M., Mijatovic, I., Brdjanovic, D., (2017).  A pilot-scale microwave technology for sludge sanitization and drying. Science of The Total Environment 601–602: 1437–1448.

Mawioo, P.M., Hooijmans, C.M., Garcia, H.A., Brdjanovic, D. (2016) Microwave treatment of faecal sludge from intensively used toilets in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Journal of Environmental Management 184, Part 3, 575-584.

Mawioo, P.M., Rweyemamu A, Garcia, H.A., Hooijmans, C.M., Brdjanovic, D. (2016) Evaluation of a microwave based reactor for the treatment of blackwater sludge. Science of the Total Environment 548-549: 72-81. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.01.013

Brdjanovic, D., Zakaria F., Mawioo, P.M., Garcia, H.A., Hooijmans, C.M.,  Curko, J., Thye, Y. P., Setiadi, T. (2015) eSOS® – emergency Sanitation Operation System. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 5 (1) 156-164.

Mawioo P.M., Igbinosa E., Garcia H.A, Hooijmans C.M., Brdjanovic D., Emergency sanitation: A review of potential technologies and selection criteria - In Proceedings: 3rd IWA Development Congress and Exhibition, 14-17 October 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

Mawioo P.M., Optimization of a Novel Submerged Membrane Bioreactor System (IHE Delft MSc Thesis (MWI-SE-2010/020), 2010

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Research Summary

Under the theme of emergency sanitation in the BMGF funded project, the PhD research seeks to contribute in providing a lasting solution to the sanitation problems associated with excreta and wastewater in challenging emergency conditions. It is focused on the development and improvement of sanitation technologies to best adapt in the management of excreta and wastewater in emergencies following natural and anthropological disasters.

Research Interests:

  • Biological wastewater treatment
  • Membrane bioreactors
  • Emergency sanitation; Wastewater reuse
  • Sanitation and the MDGs
  • Faecal sludge management
  • Science and Innovation
  • Green energy


Funding Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- BMGF

Name of the Project: Stimulating local innovation on sanitation for the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia



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