Florence A. Dery

PhD Candidate Health Promotion, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

I hold a BA in Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana and an MSc. in Health Promotion from Queens University. I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student in health promotion under the supervision of Dr. Elijah Bisung. During the past two years, my Master’s research focused on understanding the links between access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and empowerment in low and middle income countries. During this period I had the opportunity to work with a team of global water experts to develop a survey-based tool called the empowerment in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) index. This tool was the first of its kind in the WASH sector. The tool was developed to help WASH practitioner to measure and monitor gender empowerment, evaluate effectiveness of existing WASH approaches, and identify areas in which men and women in particular communities are less empowered. This research experience ignited my interest to be centered broadly on the sustainable development of water services, empowerment, and human health. I am looking forward to exploring this interest more throughout my Ph.D. studies.

When I am not studying, I enjoy volunteering, cooking, dancing, and spending time with family.

Contact: 17fad@queensu.ca