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Majo Carrasco Tenezaca

Majo Carrasco Tenezaca


Majo is an Ecuadorian architect that has worked with biologists for most of her professional career. She completed her architecture studies in Quito, Ecuador. During the last years of her bachelors, she started working in a project in Loja province, southern Ecuador. The project works with three communities and aims to control, prevent and eliminate Chagas disease. Right after she graduated as an architect, she moved close to the communities to build houses along with partner families. She continued working on the same project while she lived in Ohio (USA) and pursued a master’s degree in International Development Studies and a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Along her work with rural communities, Majo has realized the importance of engaging multiple stakeholders in design, implementation and evaluation of processes regardless their nature. She has worked in projects at the intersection of architecture, education, social sciences and health. Majo believes that researchers and academics have the responsibility to serve as a platform for the voices of people they work with.


Department of Biosciences

PhD Project

Towards the end game: operational research on improving rural housing in sub-Saharan Africa as a strategy to support malaria elimination.

Currently, Majo pursues a PhD in Biology and Anthropology with a specific focus on Malaria Vector Ecology and Housing in Sub-Saharan Africa at Durham University. Her PhD research aligns with her interest understanding how space can shape relations, activities and practices that can be translated into healthier places and improvement of living standards.



Supervisory Team

Prof Steve Lindsay (Department of Biosciences)

Dr Hannah Brown (Department of Anthropology)

Prof Umberto D’Alessandro (Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia Unit)

Musa Jawara (Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia Unit)

Prof. Jakob Brandtberg Knudsen (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Copenhagen)

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The Durham Global Challenges CDT Trip 2019

On 1st July 2019 the Durham Global Challenges-CDT organised a trip to the Angel of the North, Bamburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. The trip offered a unique cultural learning experience of English heritage in North East England and provided an opportunity to network and socialise with the cohort.

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