Social Cultural Contexts

Task 3: Social and cultural contexts of technology innovation.

For this task four research questions will be addressed

  • The first two questions concern cultural acceptability and perceptions of water and wastewater across distinct populations. Culture heavily influences how people evaluate the benefits and risks of new technologies. The second two questions concern institutional strategies and responses. Many different management strategies exist but they must be locally aligned and culturally appropriate for success.
  • Surveys will be developed to measure perceptions about reusing nutrients from wastewater. In later years these instruments will be applied to additional partner sites. Comparisons between sites will help develop a better understanding of how to appropriately pair wastewater treatment technologies with communities for long term acceptance. ¬†Ultimately the data collected from different field sites will be used to inform on the perceived benefits and risks to using products generated by AD and wastewater lagoons.
Passion of the Christ Procession_Benque_April 2010

Group of people in Belize. Photo from Eric Koenig