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Harri is a third-year PhD Student in the Department of Geography, focusing his research the environmental change over time of Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh. His research interests are of the ways in which resource flows interact with water, 'Nature' and a rapidly changing urban environment.

Through exploration of historical maps of land-use change, participatory interviews with urban poor communities, and ethnographic exploration of canals and wetlands, his thesis contributes to an exploration of resource flows and human impacts of urbanisation. By tracing flows of floodwater, sewage, and garbage his work explores the interlinkages between urban development trajectories, and the direct impact on urban dwellers' livelihoods, sanitary conditions, and rights to the city.

Harri's research has incorporated ethnographic and participatory interviews to experience how people interact with Phnom Penh's sewage infrastructure, and mapping using GIS software to reflect geodata collected in the field and from crowdsourced datasets, as well as participatory maps created by urban poor communities. 

Harri has presented his work amongst the Disaster Trades panel of the RGS-IGB Annual International conference (2022), has volunteered in collaboration with Cambodian NGO STT, provided editing services and co-authored with Cambodian academics. He has also co-served as a PhD representative for postgraduates during 2021-2023 at departmental and doctoral school meetings.





Harri has given a Lecture on Sanitation as part of GG3083, Cities and Development, and taught seminars in the following undergraduate courses:

GG2001/2 Module B: Human Geography Research Techniques

GG3081: Urbanisation and climate/environmental change

GG3083: Cities and Development


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

MA Development Studies, Distinction, Dissertation Title: Bacteriological Biopolitics: How Bodies are Nudged to Sanitise Mexico City How do sanitary and public health reforms following late-18th century modernisation reflect attempts to control and sanitize citizen behaviour in Mexico City?, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

BA Geography, First Class, Royal Holloway, University of London


  • Urban geography
  • Flooding
  • Environmental Change
  • Experience
  • Mapping