Kory C. Russel, PhD



I teach courses in sustainable design, environmental science as well as water and sanitation. My primary research focuses are on planning, designing, and implementing sustainable water and sanitation (WASH) services in low- and middle-income countries. I helped to co-found and currently lead the “re.source" sanitation research initiative, originally funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Re.source is focused on exploring extremely low-cost, resource recovery and sanitation solutions. (Integrated Mobile Sanitation Solutions in Peri-urban Settings: Haitire.source).


I have conducted extensive research on the topics of non-networked water supply and sanitation in Mozambique and Haiti. Where I worked on a large rural water improvement impact evaluation in Nampula, Mozambique. I specifically studies the caloric energy women expend when fetching water. My primary 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 and 4) informal urbanization.


I am the current 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 the CBS approach, help sanitation services to reach scale, and achieve sustainable impact in urban areas around the world. Container-Based Sanitation was officially added to the list of improved sanitation options by Joint Monitoring Programme in 2019. Find out more at cbsa.global.

I am also a co-founder of the Landscape for Humanity initiative at the University of Oregon. L4H works with landscape as the fundamental framework for creating spatial change that supports social and environmental justice. L4H does this through design, research and real-world projects. 



Department of Landscape Architecture

University of Oregon

Environmental Studies Program

University of Oregon

African Studies Program

University of Oregon

Oregon State University Courtesy Faculty

in Environmental Science Graduate Program


I was born and grew up in Oregon till around the age of 10 before attending High School in Papua New Guinea. After graduating from Ukarumpa International Secondary School, I went on to receive a BS in Environmental Biology and MS in Environmental Science from Taylor University. I also spent time studying at Keble College, Oxford University. My early research focused on dialectic variations in the Florida Scrub Jay female hiccup call and was conducted in Florida, primarily at Canaveral National Seashore. After completing my studies at Taylor, I joined the Peace Corps and served as a Biology teacher in Mozambique for two years. I then extended my service for a third year as the Peace Corps Volunteer Leader for Project Development, where I 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. Following my time in the Peace Corps, I returned to study civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University where I helped to develop some of the earliest design iterations and research on container-based sanitation. In 2016, I joined the University of Oregon.



Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2019)



Civil and Environmental Engineering   

Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2012)



Environmental Science

Taylor University, Upland, IN (2005)



Environmental Biology

Taylor University, Upland, IN (2003)