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Tariro Gwandu

Tariro Gwandu


Tariro Gwandu is a Zimbabwean PhD candidate in the Department of Engineering at Durham University. Her study focuses on the role of using soil improvement technologies (SITs) to enhance drought and nutrient resilience in Zimbabwean soils. In future, Ms. Gwandu intends to become an expert in soil fertility and water management.


Departmenty of Engineering

PhD Project

Using Soil Improvement Technologies (SITs) to Enhance Drought and Nutrient Resilience in Zimbabwean Soils

The study seeks to contribute to achieving SDG 1(no poverty), SDG 2(zero hunger) & SDG 11 (enabling resilient communities). The study impact lies in utilising local specific ‘wastes’ as SITs to enhance soil functions such as water & nutrient holding capacities, thereby building degraded soils.



Supervisory Team

Prof Karen Johnson (Department of Engineering)

Dr Kate Dobson (Department of Earth Sciences)

Dr Steve Chivasa (Department of Biosciences)

Prof Mapfumo (University of Zimbabwe)

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The Durham GCRF-CDT students focused on productive writing at Dove Marine (Newcastle University) on the coast of Cullercoats. They used their time to prepare for their Formal Progression Review. This requires the students to submit for assessment a substantive piece of work as defined by their departments. The structured programme included a break with an outdoor activity.

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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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