Nelson’s research is on multi-level sanitation governance in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. This research aims to disentangle how sanitation and hygiene policies and strategies articulate at different levels of society (macro, meso and micro), among various development partners, and eventually translate into investments and behavioral changes at the household level.

Nelson also researches on risk perception, risk management and risk communication. He is using psychometric research methods to evaluate perceived risks and benefits of different situations; different courses of action within the sanitation system e.g. use of productive sanitation, chemical fertilizers and animal manure; different groups of people e.g. experts and laypeople; and in particular assess the role of affect or emotions e.g. disgust in judgment processes e.g. using human excreta as fertilizer for food crop production. This work is being done in collaboration with Decision Research (DR) in Oregon, USA.

Nelson Ekane has an academic background in Environmental Science and Botany, University of Buea, Cameroon; Regional planning; and Project management and operational development from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.