Dr. Sheri Lee Bastien, PhD

Sheri Bastien is an Associate Professor in Public Health at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Norway and also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada. She has been engaged in transdisciplinary research for over a decade in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia on a range of issues related to determinants of adolescent health and global health promotion, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene. In 2014, through grants from Grand Challenges Canada and the University of Calgary and with support from faculty and students from Calgary and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, she developed an innovative participatory action research project that was implemented and evaluated in rural Tanzania which involves using curiosity-driven science education (including a sanitation science fair) and a social entrepreneurship approach to foster livelihood opportunities, and with the overall aim being to develop locally relevant water, sanitation and hygiene strategies to improve health and education outcomes. Project SHINE (Sanitation and Hygiene Innovation in Education) is now being adapted and piloted in rural India.