Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Fulford, Charles T.

Committee Member

Brzuszek, Robert F.

Committee Member

Schauwecker, Timothy J.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Landscape Architecture

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Landscape Architecture


Poor sanitation and open defecation is a major concern in many parts of the world. Ecological sanitation is a possible alternative to the global issue by using dry toilet systems that allow for recycling the waste for other uses. The purpose of this thesis is to determine the cultural perception and design implications toward ecological sanitation in developing countries. By surveying the local population in the proposed environments and implementing a corresponding system, the sanitation system has a much higher chance of sustainability and success. In Northern Uganda, the population was surveyed through a questionnaire and a Visual Preference Survey to determine current conditions, immediate needs, cultural preferences, and attitudes toward the design of sanitation types with the main focus on privacy, placement, type and gender-specific facilities. Results demonstrated that the majority of the population was interested in learning more to improve sanitation and reuse waste for agricultural productivity.