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Pete Kolsky, PhD

Professor of the Practice Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Director, MSEE Program Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Associate Director The Water Institute at UNC

T:(919) 537-3406


0030 Michael Hooker Research Center

CB #7431

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Dr. 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.

Honors and Awards

Newton Underwood Award for Excellence in Teaching in Environmental Sciences and Engineering
2014, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Activities

Environment (general and water)
Global health
Infectious diseases

Key Publications

A controlled, before-and-after trial of an urban sanitation intervention to reduce enteric infections in children: research protocol for the Maputo Sanitation (MapSan) study, Mozambique. Brown, J., Cumming, O., Bartram, J., Cairncross, S., Ensink, J., Holcomb, D., Knee, J., Kolsky, P., Liang, K., Liang, S., Nala, R., Norman, G., Rheingans, R., Stewart, J., Zavale, O., Zuin, V. and Schmidt, W. P.  (2015). BMJ open, 5(6), e008215.

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

Performance indicators for urban storm drainage in developing countries. Butler, David and Kolsky, Pete (2002). Urban Water, 4(2), 137-144.

Storm Drainage: An Engineering Guide to the Low-Cost Evaluation of System Performance. Kolsky, Pete  (1998). Intermediate Technology Publications, Ltd; London.

The public and domestic domains in the transmission of disease. Cairncross, S., U.J. Blumenthal, P. Kolsky, L. Moraes, A Tayeh (1996). Tropical Med. and International Health, 1(1), 17-34.


PhD, Tropical Public Health Engineering, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the University of London, 1999

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

BA, Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics, Harvard College, 1975