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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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The Sanitation Learning Hub

Together with partners around the world, our focus is to support and strengthen the sector to tackle the complex challenges it faces in delivering the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2.



Time to talk about love, trust and respect in development

New words keep on being invented and becoming current in development discourse. Some, like heteronormativity and intersectionality, are long combinations of Greek or Latin and their meanings have to be learnt the first time you hear them. Interrogating their roots can lead to misunderstanding.

12 December 2016



Can We Know Better?: Reflections for Development

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...

4 September 2017


Norms, Knowledge and Usage

Frontiers of CLTS 7

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...

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Jamie Myers & 2 others

1 January 2016

Robert Chambers’s recent work