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How we work

Meeting the grand challenge of sustaining water for people and ecosystem requires an integrated, interdisciplinary research response.

This challenge cannot be solved by natural scientists, engineers or social scientists working in isolation. We build on existing research excellence from across the university to address complex water issues in a truly interdisciplinary manner.

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Studies conducted by people within our Research Institute have made and continue to make a real-world impact to people on a global scale.

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Find out more about the work of our affiliated researchers.



Bringing together groups of researchers to explore a range of interdisciplinary water themes.

Key contact

Professor Isabelle Durance

Professor Isabelle Durance

Professor and Director of the Water Research Institute

+44 (0)7800 774491 / +44 (0)29 2087 4484