As a Wall Scholar, Mohseni plans to work towards developing and implementing a partnership strategy to help engage researchers from across the UBC campus, on issues and challenges of First Nations drinking water. Given that successful and sustainable adoption of any solutions often hinge upon a synergy of socio-technical aspects, effective implementation strategies, and knowledge of the local conditions, the multidisciplinary aspects of the research in this area is very evident.
Madjid Mohseni is an expert in drinking water quality and treatment, and his research focuses on advanced water treatment processes, with particular emphasis on emerging technologies for the degradation of micropollutants and algal toxins in drinking water supplies. He is the (co)author of over 100 refereed publications and a number of industrial reports and book chapters.
Dr. Mohseni is currently the Scientific Director of RES’EAU-WaterNET, a multi-disciplinary strategic network funded by NSERC and partners from industry, communties, government and NGOs, focusing on the development of affordable solutions to drinking water challenges of small and rural communities. Under his leadership, the Network achieved significant milestones and initiated an engagement program with many small communities, while developing strategies for community-based participatory solution-finding.
Primary Recipient Awards
Aboriginal Water Health
Principal Investigator: Madjid Mohseni, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC
Partner Organizations: Boothroyd Nation, Lytton Nation, Tl’azt’en Nation, Institute for Aboriginal Health, BC Centre for Disease Control
Reducing drinking water risk factors is at the heart of preventative measures that are imperative to protect the health and wellbeing of the population, especially young children and the elderly. As of December 31st, 2012, there were 117 First Nations communities across Canada under a Drinking Water Advisory. Systemic issues rooted in the unique social/cultural, economic, and political structure of the First Nations communities impede their ability to fulfill the obligations under health and regulatory standards. The challenge is directly relevant to British Columbia, home to nearly one third of Canada’s First Nations (203 communities). Tackling First Nations drinking water problems through collaboration depends on many factors among them being the water-health nexus. This project brings together community health professionals with water professionals including engineers, science policy experts, industry partners and end-user communities to leverage resources, people and knowledge to provide innovative solutions for the Aboriginal drinking water systems. Research activities include several community engagement workshops and technology demonstrations, conducted over a 30 month period. If successful, the proposed approach can be shared with other communities and replicated at other settings across BC and Canada.