Vanessa Cruvinel

Dr. Vanessa Cruvinel focuses on aspects of environmental and occupational health.

Dr. Cruvinel earned a Ph.D and M.S in Health Sciences from University of Brasilia with emphasis in Epidemiology. She post-graduated in Public Health with an emphasis in Family Health Strategy for the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also earned a B.S. degree in Dentistry Sciences from the Faculty of Dentistry of Central Plateou. Dr. Cruvinel’s research primarily focuses on waste workers` health issues in Brazil and the environmental impact related to waste management. She is primarily a quantitative researcher and concentrates on providing vulnerable and informal workers perspectives to understand the risks they are exposed to and give them visibility across the world. She is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Brasilia, Brazil since 2012, in the Public Health Graduation. Additionally, Dr. Cruvinel has experience in areas including Health Sciences, with emphasis on Public Health, Epidemiology, and Environmental and Occupational Health. She has been the coordinator of the Extension and Research Project entitled “Stop, think, disposal: Health conditions and occupational risks of garbage collectors,” since 2013. Dr. Cruvinel is currently a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health of Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is also member of the Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) and Co-chair of the International Waste-Workers-Occupational-Safety-Health (WWOSH) Committee.

Link: http://lattes.cnpq.br/335587144915435

Dr. Vanessa Cruvinel

Sonia Maria Dias

Sonia is a sociologist by training and a “garbologist” with specialization in Solid Waste Management by the University of Kitakyushu, Japan (JICA grant). She also had a two-year visiting professorship at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (she was housed at the Centre for Women´s Studies- NEPEM – from 2012-2014). She has a Master’s degree in Human Geography (UFMG) on the role of the local governments in strengthening waste pickers’ organizations in Belo Horizonte City, and a PhD in Political Science (UFMG) on the role of participation in solid waste management in Brazil. She has been active in the waste management field in Brazil since 1985 with a focus on promoting the integration of social inclusion aspects into the technical planning of waste collection and recycling. Her on-the-ground experience encompasses: work as a public officer at the Municipal Cleansing Agency in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and voluntary work for the NGO INSEA supporting the organization of waste pickers and social activism for the Waste and Citizenship Fora. She is an Eisenhower Fellow for the Common Interest Program on Challenges of Urbanization – year 2007. Sonia was named best speaker at the International Solid Waste Association ’97 ISWA´s World Conference, held in Wellington, New Zealand. She collaborated in Habitat III as Policy Unit Expert (#2). She is based in Belo Horizonte, South-east Brazil.

Link to Specialist Bio on WIEGO site: http://www.wiego.org/specialists/sonia-dias

Dr. Sonia Maria Dias


Dayani Galato


Dayani Galato is a pharmacist and professor at Brasilia University, acting in the Pharmacy Course and Postgraduate Program in Health Sciences and Technologies of the Faculty of Ceilândia. She coordinates the Research Group on Access to Medicines and Responsible Use (AMUR). Dayani works mainly on the following topics: rational use of medicines, pharmaceutical care, and pharmacoepidemiology. Recently, she has developed studies about medical waste and its relation to the health of recycling collectors.

Link: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4991370267086347


Dayani Galato

Ana Carolina Ogando

Ana Carolina is a Research Associate for WIEGO’s Urban Policies Programme. She currently provides research support to programs on qualitative and participatory methodologies, gender and waste, participatory governance and urban related issues. Based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, she works closely with WIEGO’s waste specialist. She has collaborated on several WIEGO projects including the Gender and Waste project, the Child Care Initiative, and health risk mappings with waste pickers. She was also the senior qualitative researcher for the Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) team in Brazil. Prior to joining WIEGO she taught at the Federal University of Minas Gerais as part of her post-doctoral fellowship and was an affiliated researcher at the Women’s Studies Research Center (NEPEM-UFMG). She holds Ph.D in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2012), specializing in gender, feminist theory, and social movements.

Dr. Ana Carolina Ogando

Tara Rava Zolnikov

Dr. Zolnikov focuses on aspects of culture in global health. She earned a Ph.D in Developmental Science from North Dakota State University, an M.S. in Environmental Health from Harvard School of Public Health and a second M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech, University of Montana. She also earned a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Dr. Zolnikov’s research primarily focuses on global health issues in low and middle-income countries, including Kenya, Ghana, India, Colombia, and Brazil. She has worked with the Kenya Red Cross on a variety of public health projects, ranging from infectious diseases (Ebola and HIV/AIDS) to access to water projects. She is primarily a qualitative researcher and concentrates on providing vulnerable populations with a voice; she uses autoethnographic, ethnographic, and phenomenological perspectives to understand or live through these experiences in order to recreate them for a widespread audience. Additionally, Dr. Zolnikov is vice president of a nonprofit organization, The Shepherd’s Village, which focuses on providing access to water to Maasai communities around Narok, Kenya. Dr. Zolnikov has published extensively in public health and global health journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, AIDS and Behavior, Science of the Total Environment, and among others. She has also published two books, focusing on qualitative research and environmental health, and is currently writing her third book.

Dr. Tara Rava Zolnikov

Gary W. Bangs

Gary Bangs is the Clinical Industrial Hygienist for the Occupational Medicine Division of University of Washington. Captain Bangs was a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service for 25 years. He worked in Indian Health Service clinics, provided occupational health services and consultation in the Pacific Northwest, and was a chemical risk assessor at the US EPA, leading the development of several exposure assessment and risk assessment guidance documents for the EPA.

After his US PHS career, he worked as a consultant hygienist for Bureau Veritas in Seattle, and later managed a worker safety unit at the University of Washington. When Doctors Without Borders (Medicins sans Frontiers/MSF) sent out a proposal in 2016 for industrial hygiene consultation in Bangladesh, Gary responded. December 2016-January 2017 he spent six weeks in Dhaka BD performing occupational hazard assessments and helping the MSF team to build safety awareness in the slum factories of Dhaka. Gary recently worked with the nonprofit Neighborcare Health in Seattle, WA.

Gary W. Bangs

Beth Hurley

Beth has a Master of Science in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry / Biology from the University of Dayton.

She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

She works as Safety and Health Global Enterprise Professional with Covanta, Morristown, NJ,a global leader in the Waste-to-Energy industry with over 50 facilities and 3,500 employees worldwide.

Beth Hurley

Dr. Jutta Gutberlet

Jutta is a professor in Geography and the director of the Community-Based Research Laboratory at the University of Victoria (UVic). She has a PhD from the University of Tübingen in Germany and has previously worked at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research is focused on transversal socioeconomic, cultural, political and environmental challenges related to waste. Specifically, governance and sustainability questions in the context of everyday developments and livelihoods in global South cities. She takes a participatory research approach, involving research methods such as photovoice and participatory video. She has developed research and community outreach, published books, chapters and articles and taught in related fields, in collaboration with waste picker communities and other scholars. A recent study helps understand social grassroots innovations and inclusive waste governance. Her research involves extensive research collaborations across Latin America, Africa and Europe. She was a research fellow at the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS), at UVIC (2019/2020) and a fellow at the Institut des Hautes Études de l’Amérique Latine (IHEAL), at the Sorbonne University, in Paris. She involves communities and local stakeholders in her research allowing disenfranchised communities to empower themselves to achieve greater social and environmental justice.

Jutta Gutberlet