Kory C. Russel is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. Kory teaches Design for a Sustainable World, Sustainable Design Principles and Practice, and tech workshops in water and urbanization. His primary research focuses are on planning, designing, and implementing sustainable water and sanitation (WASH) services in low- and middle-income countries. Additionally, Kory is the co-founder of the “re.source sanitation” research initiative originally funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focused on extremely low-cost, container-based sanitation services in dense informal settlements. (Integrated Mobile Sanitation Solutions in Peri-urban Settings: Haiti, re.source). He has conducted extensive research on the topic of non-networked water supply and sanitation in Mozambique and Haiti. Where he worked on a large rural water improvement impact evaluation in Nampula, Mozambique. He specifically studies the caloric energy women expend when fetching water. His other research topics include 1) water, energy, and resource recovery from waste streams; 2) sustainable delivery of water services in rural and urban settings; 3) development and analysis of entrepreneurial-based sanitation service delivery models.
Kory is the Chair of the Container-Based Sanitation Alliance. The CBS Alliance was formed in November of 2016. It is a coalition of CBS practitioners around the world with extensive experience in developing and providing CBS services. The goal of the Alliance is to formalize CBS as a widely accepted and endorsed approach among municipalities and regulators, help sanitation services to reach scale, and achieve sustainable impact in urban areas around the world. Find out more at cbsa.global.
Kory was born and grew up in Oregon till the age of 10 and he attended High School in Papua New Guinea. After graduating from Ukarumpa International Secondary School, he went on to receive a BS in Environmental Biology and MS in Environmental Science from Taylor University. His research focused on dialectic variations in the Florida Scrub Jay female hiccup call and was conducted in Florida, primarily at Canaveral National Seashore. After completion of his studies he joined the Peace Corps and served as a Biology teacher in Mozambique for two years. He then extended his service for a third year as the Peace Corps Volunteer Leader for Project Development, where he performed financial oversight, assisted in planning and helped realize several nationwide projects that focused on women’s empowerment, skills training, HIV prevention and science education. He also holds a Master’s and PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Kory was a 2011-2014 EPA Star Fellow. He also received a 2009-2010 James H. Polhemus Fellowship, a 2010-2011 FLAS Fellowship in Portuguese, a Stanford University Center for African Studies 2011 Summer Fellowship, a 2011-2012 Rotary District Fellowship and a 2014-2015 Charles H. Leavell Graduate Student Fellowship.