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Jennifer McConville

Jennifer Mcconville
My research interests are related to processes of planning and decision-making with regards to sanitation and wastewater management. The goal is to improve resource recovery from these systems through adaptation of technical infrastructure and institutional arrangements.


I have a background in environmental engineering with a focus on sanitation and wastewater management. My PhD studied planning and decision-making processes for sanitation systems, primarily in West Africa. Since then, I have continued research related to sanitation and planning, with an increasing focus on resource recovery. I work with concepts of sustainability, life-cycle thinking, participation, serious gaming and decision-support frameworks to better understand and shape planning processes.


I am responsible for the course "Selection of water and sanitation systems" (in Swedish).


Co-supervisor for PhD students

- Chea Eliyan: Resources Recycling and Recovery for Sustainable Faecal Sludge Management Alternatives in Peri-Urban of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (on-going)

- Claudia Cossio Grageda: A Journey towards Sustainable Small Wastewater Treatment Systems in Low and Lower–Middle Income Countries, Chalmers University of Technology (2020)

- Ida Helgegren: Understanding the Roles of Stakeholders in the Water and Sanitation Sector- Implementation and Operation of Water Supply and Sanitation Systems in the Kanata metropolitan region, Bolivia, Chalmers University of Technology (2020)

Supervision of MSc students

- Johanna Burström (2020): Sustainability assessment of potential wastewater
treatment techniques in Tupiza, Bolivia

- Ottilia Werkmäster (2020): Avvattning av slam med geotub vid Lövsta avloppsreningsverk - en fallstudie

- Ylva Geber (2020): The potential of innovative dry source-separating urban sanitation technologies in Bolivia – a sustainability assessment

- Malin Smith (2020): Multi-criteria analysis of sanitation services in El Alto, Bolivia

- Moustafa Bayoumi (2019): Making the case for leveraging sanitation and wastewater in climate action.

- Elina Persson & Therese Hågerup (2018): Shit Matters! Assessing sociocultural barriers and opportunities for upscaling adoption of human faeces derived fertilizers in central Uganda. Lund University

- Emma Lindberg & Anna Rost (2018): Treatment of faecal sludge from pit latrines and septic tanks using lime and urea Pathogen die-off with respect to time of storage. Luleå University of Technology

- Katja Norlin & Isabelle Wahlund (2017): Communication for acceptance of nutrient recycling from wastewater systems – a case study of the transition area Munga. KTH

- Maria Nilsson (2014): Socio-technical evaluation of urine diversion in Linköping and Norrköping, Chalmers University of Technology

- Saga Perron (2012): Microbial regrowth in Drinking Water Treated with Gravity-Driven Ultrafiltration - A Field Study in Kenya, Uppsala University

- Melissa Nangle (2007): Sustainable low cost wastewater technology for poor coastal communities: a case study of White Horses, Pamphret & Botany Bay, Jamaica, KTH

Selected publications

Total 56 publication, h-index 13

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles               

Helgegren I, McConville J, Landaeta G, and Rauch S. (2021). A multiple regime analysis of the water and sanitation sectors in the Kanata metropolitan region, Bolivia. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 166, 120638. DOI:10.1016/j.techfore.2021.120638.

Fischer, K, Kokko, S, & McConville, J. (2021) No legitimacy: A study of private sector sanitation development in the Global South. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 38(3), 68-78.

Billger, M, Kain, J-H, Niwagaba, C.B, & McConville, J.R. (2020). Lessons from co-designing a resource-recovery game for collaborative urban sanitation planning. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 588 (2020) 042041, DOI:10.1088/1755-1315/588/4/042041.

Johannesdottir, S. L., Macura, B., McConville, J., Lorick, D., Haddaway, N. R., Karczmarczyk, A., Ek, F., Piniewski, M., Księżniak and Osuch, P. (2020). What evidence exists on ecotechnologies for recycling carbon and nutrients from domestic wastewater? A systematic map. Environmental Evidence, 9(1). 24. DOI: 10.1186/s13750-020-00207-7

Cossio C, McConville JR, Mattsson A, Mercado A, & Norrman J. (2020). EVAS - a practical tool to assess the sustainability of small wastewater treatment systems in low and lower-middle-income countries. Science of the Total Environment, 746, DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140938.

Cossio C, Norrman J, McConville J, Mercado A, & Rauch S. (2020). Indicators for sustainability assessment of small-scale wastewater treatment plants in low and lower-middle income countries. Environmental and Sustainablity Indicators, 6, DOI:10.1016/j.indic.2020.100028.

McConville JR, Kvarnström E, Nordin AC, Jönsson H and Niwagaba CB. (2020). Structured Approach for Comparison of Treatment Options for Nutrient-recovery from Fecal Sludge. Frontiers in Environmental Science, DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.00036.

McConville JR, Kvarnström E, Maiteki JM, and Niwagaba CB. (2019). Infrastructure investments and operating costs for fecal sludge and sewage treatment systems in Kampala, Uganda. Urban Water Journal, 16(8), 584-593. DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2019.1700290

Cossio C, Perez-Mercado LF, Norrman J, Dalahmeh S, Vinnerås B, Mercado A, & McConville J. (2019) Impact of treatment plant management on human health and ecological risks from wastewater irrigation in developing countries – case studies from Cochabamba, Bolivia, International Journal of Environmental Health Research, DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2019.1657075

Helgegren I, McConville J, Landaeta G, and Rauch S. (2019). Importance of Internal Factors for Community-Managed Water and Wastewater Systems in Cochabamba, Bolivia. International Journal of Water Resources Development: DOI:10.1080/07900627.2019.1616536.

Lennartsson M, Mcconville J, Kvarnström E, Hagman M, and Kjerstadius H. (2019). Investments in Innovative Urban Sanitation – Decision-Making Processes in Sweden. Water Alternatives 12 (2): 588–608.

Simha P, Lalander C, Ramanathan A, Vijayalakshmi C, McConville JR, Vinnerås B & Ganesapillai M. (2018). What do consumers think about recycling human urine as fertiliser? Perceptions and attitudes of a university community in South India. Water Research, 143, 527-538.

Helgegren I, Rauch S, Cossio C, Landaeta G. & McConville J. (2018). Importance of triggers and veto-barriers for the implementation of sanitation in informal peri-urban settlements – the case of Cochabamba, Bolivia. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0193613. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0193613.

Drangert,J-O.,Tonderski, K., McConville, J. (2018) Extending the EU waste hierarchy to guide nutrient-effective urban sanitation towards global food security - opportunities for phosphorus recovery. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, section Waste Management in Agroecosystems, 2 (3).

Ramôa AR, McConville J, Lüthi C, & Matos JS. (2018) Use of process guides for comprehensive urban sanitation technology decision-making: practice versus theory. Water Policy, 20(1), 158-174.

Cossio, C, McConville, J., Rauch, S., Wilén, BM., Dalahmeh, S., Mercado, A., & Romero AM. (2018). Wastewater management in small towns – Understanding the failure of small treatment plants in Bolivia. Environmental Technology, 39(11), 1393-1403.

McConville JR, Kvarnström E, Jönsson H, Kärrman, E. & Johansson, M. (2017) Is the Swedish wastewater sector ready for a transition to source separation? Desalination and Water Treatment, DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2017.20881.

McConville JR, Kvarnström E, Jönsson H, Kärrman, E. & Johansson, M. (2017) Source Separation: Challenges & Opportunities for Transition in the Swedish Wastewater Sector. Resources Conservation and. Recycling, 120:144–156.

McConville, J.R., Rauch, S., Helgegren, I. & Kain, J-H. (2017) Using Role-playing Games to Broaden Engineering Education. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 18(4), pp. 594-607.

Ramôa, A., Lüthi, C., McConville, J. & Matos, J. (2016). Urban sanitation technology decision-making in developing countries: a critical analysis of process guides. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, ISSN: 1946-3138.

McConville, J.R., Tidåker, P., Drangert, J-O., Neset, T.S., Rauch, S., Stride, I., Tonderski, K.S. (2015) Closing the food loop  – guidelines and criteria for improving nutrient management. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, 11(2).

McConville, J., Kunzle, R., Messmer, U., Udert, K. M., & Larsen, T .A. (2014) Decision Support for Redesigning Wastewater Treatment Technologies. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(20), 12238-12246.

McConville, J., Kain, J.H.,  Kvarnström, E. & Ulrich, L. (2014) Participation in Sanitation Planning in Burkina Faso: Theory and Practice. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 4(2), 304-312.

McConville, J., Kain, J., Kvarnström, E. & Renman, G. (2011) Bridging sanitation engineering and planning: theory and practice in Burkina Faso. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 1(3), 205-212.

Kvarnström, E., McConville, J., Bracken, P., Johansson, M. & Fogde, M. (2011) The Sanitation Ladder –  a Need for a Revamp? Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 1(1), 3-12.

Luethi, C., McConville, J., & Kvarnström, E. (2010) Community-based approaches for addressing the urban sanitation challenge. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 1(1-2), 49-63.

McConville, J.R. & Mihelcic, J.R.  (2007). Adapting Life Cycle Thinking Tools to Evaluate Project Sustainability in International Water and Sanitation Development Work.  Environmental Engineering Science, 24 (7), 937-948.


Mcconville, J., Niwagaba, C., Nordin, A., Ahlström, M., Namboozo, V., and Kiffe, M. (2020). Guide to Sanitation Resource-Recovery Products & Technologies : a supplement to the Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies. 1st Edition. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology, Uppsala, Sweden.

Andersson, K., Rosemarin, A., Lamizana, B., Kvarnström, E., McConville, J., Seidu, R., Dickin, S. and Trimmer, C. (2016). Sanitation, Wastewater Management and Sustainability: from Waste Disposal to Resource Recovery. Nairobi and Stockholm: United Nations Environment Programme and Stockholm Environment Institute.

Rosemarin, A., McConville, J., Flores, A., & Qiang, Z. (2012) The Challenges of Urban Ecological Sanitation: Lessons from the Erdos Eco-Town Project. Practical Action Publishing: Warwickshire, UK.

McConville, J. (2010): Unpacking Sanitation Planning – Comparing Theory and Practice. PhD Thesis, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Lüthi, C., Panasar, A., Schütze, T., Norström, A., McConville, J., Parkinson, J., Saywell, D., & Ingle, R. (2010). Sustainable Sanitation in Cities: A Framework for Action. Papiroz Publishing House: Rijswiik, The Netherlands.


Researcher at the Department of Energy and Technology; Environmental Engineering Unit
Telephone: +4618672816, +46767837084
Postal address:
Inst för energi och teknik, Box 7032
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala