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Robert Chambers

Research Associate

Professor Robert Chambers has a background in biology, history and public administration.

His current concerns and interests include professionalism, power, the personal dimension in development, participatory methodologies, epistemology, poverty, rural sanitation, stunting, teaching and learning with large numbers, and Community-Led Total Sanitation.

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Robert Chambers’s recent work


Can We Know Better?: Reflections for Development

Published by Practical Action Publishing

This book is intended for all who are committed to human wellbeing and who want to make our world fairer, safer and more fulfilling for everyone, especially those who are ‘last’. It argues that to do better we need to know better. It provides evidence that what we believe we know in international development is often distorted or unbalanced by errors, myths, biases and blind spots.

4 September 2017


Norms, Knowledge and Usage

Published by IDS

The partial or total non-use of toilets, with some or all in a household defecating in the open, is a growing concern. Although all households may have a toilet, communities cannot remain open defecation free unless they are always used by everyone. This is not just an issue of maintenance and accessibility but also of social norms, mind-sets, and cultural preferences. The problem is widespread but most evident in India.

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Jamie Myers & 2 others

1 January 2016


Sustainability and CLTS: taking stock

Published by IDS

Sustainability is without doubt one of the most burning subject matters that subsumes many of the issues seen in Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and wider Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practice. This issue of CLTS Frontiers series identifes priority areas for learning

1 February 2015