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About us

The Water Research Institute was launched in 2015 to address the grand challenge of sustainable water management for people and ecosystems in a changing world.

Our mission is to foster world-leading interdisciplinary research that will have strong impact and be used as evidence by decision makers. We do this by providing a creative environment where researchers from different disciplines co-design and co-deliver research with stakeholders and end-users to provide integrated understanding and solutions to tackle global water challenges.



Through interdisciplinary research, we provide innovative solutions to the challenges of water use and management.

People talking


Meet our researchers, drawn from a wide-range of disciplines including biology, chemistry, geography, earth sciences, maths, engineering and psychology.



We have long-standing relationships with partners from industry, academia, government and regulation, and the third sector.



Our study and training opportunities are opened to undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD students and anyone with an interest in water challenges.


Early-career network

We believe that early-career researchers are key to triggering an interdisciplinary community. Our early-career group includes MSc and PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers from different disciplines across Cardiff University.