Atinuke Chineme is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Canada. She holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) and an M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Development (University of Calgary). Her interdisciplinary research interest focuses on the promotion of self-agency for women in low-income communities through closed-loop waste management. Her research interest lies in promoting self-agency among women in low-income communities through closed-loop waste management. She considers socio-economic factors, including traditional African female-led institutions, in designing culturally appropriate waste management strategies that are environmentally sustainable and economically empower communities.
I want to include gender and cultural considerations in mitigating open dumping and landfilling of organic waste in low-income regions. I want this because over a quarter of the world’s population does not have access to waste collection. I can do this because I have co-produced a gender-based biowaste treatment system in a low-income peri-urban community.