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Design.Sanitation: What challenges do designers face in providing sanitation that is both sustainable and inclusive?

19 November 2021 | 2pm – 3pm


Part of the Design.Different Season organised by The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.

Join us on World Toilet Day for Design.Sanitation, a session that brings together the dual challenges of sustainability and inclusivity in sanitation and public toilet provision. Speakers include Dr Alison Parker of Cranfield University, who will present her work in low-income economies, developing sustainable sanitation in the circular economy.

The session will also show the award-winning film Bathroom Privileges: 'Three stories of denied access and exclusion, bringing to light societies views on disability, gender and race in the most intimate spaces.'

This 5-minute film will be followed by an open conversation with filmmaker Rupert Williams and animator Ellie Land.


Jo-Anne Bichard – Professor of Accessible Design, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Gail Ramster – Senior Research Associate The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Ellie Land – Director and Animation Director

With a passion for using animation to communicate complex or difficult subjects, Ellie Land designs and directs award winning short films, segments for feature films and commercial projects.

She is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Animation at Northumbria University in Newcastle

Dr Alison Parker – Senior Lecturer in International Water and Sanitation at Cranfield Water Science Institute

Dr Parker completed a four year Masters degree at the University of Oxford in Earth Sciences. This was followed by a PhD at the University of Leeds studying the hydrogeology of the chalk aquifer of East Yorkshire. Dr Parker started as a Research Fellow at Cranfield University in January 2009 and was progressed to Senior Lecturer by October 2019. Dr. Parker’s areas of expertise include Carbon, Climate and Risk,  Environment and Health and Water Science and Engineering.

Twitter: @AlisonP_WASH
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Rupert Williams – Director

Rupert is a Filmmaker and Social Worker. Rupert is interested in telling stories about marginalised communities and how they fit into everyday spaces, prompted by his own experiences as a queer man growing up on a farm in the north of England and not seeing his story told. He had a brief stint writing and performing stand up, but deciding the film world was more for him. A first time director with Bathroom Privileges, having previously worked as a producer on Landline, a Grierson award winning short documentary about a gay farmers helpline that has been screened internationally at film festivals. Rupert has over ten years’ experience in a number of roles in the public and voluntary sector, including working as a Social Worker with young people and families.