Thelma Zulfawu Abu

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, Sustainability, Community, and Urban Studies


Ph.D., University of Waterloo (2021)

Areas of Specialty

  • Global Environmental Change
  • Environmental health inequalities
  • Global health equity
  • Gender

Current Research Interests

Spatial Analysis of Social Issues

Human-Environment Dynamic

Selected Publications

2022. Abu, T. Z., & Elliott, S. J.  The critical need for WASH in emergency preparedness in health settings, the case of COVID-19 pandemic in Kisumu Kenya. Health and Place, 76 (102841) 

2021.  Araos, M., Jagannathan, A., Shukla, R., Ajibade, I., Coughlan de Perez, E., Davis, K., Ford, J. D., Galappaththi, E. K., Grady, C., Hudson, A.J., Joe, E. T., Kirchhoff, C. J., Lesnikowski, A., Alverio, N. G., Nielsen, M., Orlove, B., Pentz, B., Reckien, D., Siders, A.R., Ulibarri, N., van Aalst, M., Abu, Z., Agrawal, T., Berrang-Ford, L., Kerr, R.B., Coggins, S., Garschagen, M., Harden, A., Mach, K.J., Nunbogu, A. M., Spandan, P., Templeman, S., Turek-Hankins, L.L.  Equity in adaptation: A systematic global review: One Earth.

2021.  Berrang-Ford, L., Siders, A. R., Lesnikowski, A., Fischer, A. P., Callaghan, M. W., Haddaway, N. R., … & Abu, T. Z.  A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change. Nature Climate Change, 1-12.

2021.  Abu, T. Z., Karanja, D. & Elliott, J.S.  When you preach water and you drink wine”: WASH in healthcare facilities in Kenya.  Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development11(4): 558–569.

2020.  Abu, T. Z. & Elliott, S.J. (2020). When it is not measured, how then will it be planned for? WASH a critical indicator for universal health coverage in Kenya.  International Journal for Environmental Research and Public Health.  17(16),5746.

2019.  Abu, T. Z., Bisung, E., & Elliott, S. J.  What If Your Husband Doesn’t Feel the Pressure? An Exploration of Women’s Involvement in WASH Decision Making in Nyanchwa, Kenya.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,16(10), 1763.

Thelma Zulfawu Abu
Contact Information
Office LocationPhilip E. Austin Building, Room 436
CoursesGEOG 2200: Introduction to Human Geography