Egide Kalisa

Dr Kalisa is currently a Postdoc at the University of Toronto in Canada. he obtained a PhD in Health and Environmental Science at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and MSc Air Pollution Management and Control obtained from the University of Birmingham in the UK. He studied exposure to air pollution, understanding how much pollution people breathe, and how to reduce those exposures. His specific areas of focus are Air pollution impacts of urban form, Indoor Air pollution, and health impacts, Environmental noise pollution, Bioaerosol, and air quality and heatwaves. His research is connected to his own personal story; the effect of air pollution in his own life has motivated him to improve conditions not only in his home country Rwanda but also in Africa as a whole and worldwide. He has a very strong analytical chemistry background with the ability to quantify difficult non-traditional pollutants, such as PAHs and NPAHs, which are not commonly measured by government monitoring programs because of the specialized techniques that are required. He has considerable experience working with multidisciplinary and international research teams, and his commitment to a scientific career has driven him to lead the nascent field of air quality research in sub-Saharan Africa. His current projects are Children exposure to ambient air pollution at school in Rwanda and in Canada, Interdependence of Indoor and outdoor air pollution in Rwanda households.

Content by Egide Kalisa
  • Blog post

    How COVID-19 lockdowns and car-free days affected air pollution in Rwanda’s capital

    Rising levels of vehicle traffic, industrial activity and urban sprawl are contributing to rising levels of air pollution across the global South. This is particularly the case in cities where urbanisation is progressing fastest. In Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, the population has surged from less than 500,000 in 2000 to more than 1 million today. It is set to increase to...

    18 Aug 2021 | Egide Kalisa, Andrew Sudmant, Jonathan Bower, Remy Ruberambuga

  • Publication - Policy paper

    From car-free days to pollution-free cities: Reflections on clean urban transport in Rwanda

    East Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing cities and levels of traffic congestion, air pollution, and vehicle accidents are rising. Rwanda, with its rapidly growing urbanisation rate, faces a major challenge: to decouple the growth of cities and urban mobility from air pollution. Using high-quality data, this policy paper adds to existing research...

    3 Aug 2021 | Egide Kalisa, Andrew Sudmant, Remy Ruberambuga, Jonathan Bower

  • Project

    The economic case for improving air quality in Kigali, Rwanda

    Poor urban air quality is increasingly recognised as a cause of premature mortality. With transport contributing significantly to poor urban air quality in Kigali, it is therefore critical for research to be developed to better understand the options for policymakers. The Rwandan government has recently announced an ambition to electrify mobility in the country by...

    19 Dec 2020 | Egide Kalisa, Andrew Sudmant

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of scaling up electric motorbikes in Rwanda

    Approximately one in five trips in Kigali are taken by petrol-fuelled motorcycle taxis, contributing to poor air quality, high demand for imported fuel, and rising Green House Gas emissions that contribute to climate change. This brief analyses the potential impact of scaling up the use of electric motorbikes to 100% (as a proportion of all motorbike taxis) in Kigali...

    24 Aug 2020 | Andrew Sudmant, Egide Kalisa, Jonathan Bower