Pete Kolsky, PhD


Professor of the Practice 
Environmental Sciences & Engineering

Associate Director, Water Institute 
Curriculum Vitae 
The Water Institute 
Dept of Environmental Sciences & Engineering


Rosenau 163a , Gillings School of Global Public Health 
135 Dauer Drive 
Campus Box 7431 
Chapel Hill 27599-7431 
T: 919-537-3406


1975  Harvard College  BA, Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics

1977  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  MS, Environmental Engineering

1999  London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Univ. of London)  PhD, Tropical Public Health Engineering

Research Interests

  • Environment (general)
  • Environment (water)
  • Global health
  • Infectious diseases

Research activities

Pete Kolsky’s primary responsibilities are in graduate and professional teaching, but he has some involvement in departmental research. His primary interests are in urban and rural sanitation in the developing world, maximizing public health benefits from water and sanitation projects in the developing world, sanitation marketing, how to improve the quality of water and sanitation services through practical monitoring systems and approaches to evaluation, and how best to support water and sanitation service providers in low-income communities on technical and management issues.

 Key Publications

Kolsky, P.J. and Cotton, A.P. (1995)  Educating Engineers in Water and Sanitation, (chapter 12 in Educating for Real: the Training of Professionals for Development Practice, edited by Nabeel Hamdi). Intermediate Technology Press: London, p.136-148.

Pete Kolsky (1999) Storm Drainage: An Engineering Guide to the Low-Cost Evaluation of System Performance. Intermediate Technology Publications; London, p.159.

Sophie Tremolet, Pete Kolsky, and Eddy Perez (2009) Financing On-Site Sanitation for the Poor: A Six Country Comparative Review and Analysis. Water and Sanitation Program and World Bank: Washington DC, p.172.

Kolsky, P.J., & U.J. Blumenthal (1995) Environmental health indicators and sanitation-related disease in developing countries: limitations to the use of routine data sources. World Health Statistics Quarterly: vol.48:2, p.132-139.

Kolsky, P.J. (1997) Engineers and Urban Malaria: Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem?. Waterlines: vol.16, p.159-163.