Lina Taing PhD, MSc

Postdoc Researcher


Lina joined IHE’s non-sewered sanitation team in June 2017 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She previously worked for various health NGOs in the UK, US, Liberia and South Africa. She also conducted five years in-depth research about sanitation implementation and governance in South African informal settlements. Funding from the European Commission's Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND will allow Lina to continue conducting sanitation implementation research in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to her postdoc activities, Lina will develop materials and coordinate the Behaviour Change and Advocacy module for IHE’s new 12-month MSc in Sanitation.


Urban sanitation for informal settlements

L. Taing (Submitted), Free basic sanitation in informal settlements: Policy, practice and progress from Cape Town, South Africa, 1-23. This paper summarises the policy findings outlined in my doctoral thesis.

L. Taing (2017), Informal settlement janitorial services: implementation of a municipal job creation initiative in Cape Town, South Africa. Environment and Urbanization, 6, 1–16, DOI: 10.1177/0956247816684420.

L. Taing (2017), How sociopolitical factors affected the implementation of Cape Town’s vacuum sewer. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 3(3), 513–519, DOI: 10.1039/C6EW00089D.

L. Taing, K. Vice, M. Schroeder & A.D. Spiegel (2014), Free basic sanitation in informal settlements: An ethnography of so-called communal toilet use and maintenance, WRC: Pretoria.

L. Taing, N.P. Armitage, N. Ashipala & A.D. Spiegel (2013), TIPS for sewering informal settlements: Technology, Institutions, People and Services, WRC: Pretoria.

L. Taing, S. Pan, J. Hilligan, A.D. Spiegel & N.P. Armitage (2013), Challenges facing sanitation-provision partnerships for informal settlements: A South African case study, Journal on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Development (WASHDev), 03.2, 230-238, DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2013.044.


HIV/AIDS services in sub-Saharan Africa

D. Mark, A. Armstrong, C. Andrade, M. Penazzato, L. Hatane, L. Taing,  T. Runciman & B.J. Ferguson (2017), HIV treatment and care services for adolescents: a situational analysis of 218 facilities in 23 sub-Saharan African countries, Journal of the International AIDS Society, 20(3), 25–33, DOI: 10.7448/IAS.20.4.21591.

D. Mark, L. Taing, L. Cluver C. Collins, K. Iorpenda, C. Andrade and L. Hatane (2017), What is it going to take to move youth-related HIV programme policies into practice in Africa?, Journal of the International AIDS Society, 20(0), 112–116, DOI: 10.7448/IAS.20.4.21491.


Other information

Lina has a BA in Anthropology from UCLA (2006), a MSc in Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland (2010) and a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Cape Town (2015). 


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