Harri Mattila holds the doctoral degree (Doctor of Science in Technology, Civil Engineering, Water and environment protection technology and Environmental legislation) from Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Tampere, Finland. Dr. Mattila studied on-site sanitation in his doctoral thesis research with a comprehensive scope – covering political, environmental, socio-cultural, technical, economical, financial and legal aspects. The title of his dissertation is Appropriate Management of On-Site Sanitation. Since the 1st May, 2017 Dr. Mattila has had Adjunct Professorship (decentralized water services) at Tampere University.
He works as Principal Lecturer (Research) at Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in Forssa, Finland. Dr. Mattila is involved in various research and development project activities – mainly related to cleantech solutions, blue bioeconomy, circle economy and industrial symbiosis – in HAMK Bio Research Unit. In addition to research work he is teaching water and sanitation related subjects like the special courses in decentralised water supply and sanitation and ecological sanitation.
Dr. Mattila has more than 30 years of work experience, out of which about 7 years in East-Africa. All of that concerns not purely water supply and sanitation but related matters, like two short periods at Gaborone University in Botswana as a visiting lecturer (the topics were waste management and climate change adaption).