Research objectives for the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience (CWCR)

"Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all."

Ban Ki-moon, (Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2007-2016)

Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2007-2016)

Our research objectives

The research objectives for the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience (CWCR) include:

  • Building communities resilient to the flood-drought continuum
    Lead: Professor Lindsey McEwen
    This work, under is focused on a range of specific themes relating to flooding, droughts and extreme weather risk - reflecting the diversity and inter-disciplinary nature of issues within the development of resilient communities. Flood-related work is still carried out under the marquee of UWE Bristol's Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience (CFCR).
  • Addressing water insufficiency and ensuring water supply
    Lead: Professor Chad Staddon
    The International Water Security Network, led by UWE Bristol, but formally involving scientific and knowledge transfer partners from a dozen countries around the world, focuses on water security issues including urban water services, water services in the Global South, the contributions of grey-green infrastructure to societal resilience and water-energy-food nexus interactions.
  • Developing innovative research and knowledge exchange methods
    This includes co-production, participatory engagements and community-based/local interventions to build local capital.
  • Connecting environmental hazards, resilient communities and emerging infrastructures
    Through development of a systematic, multi-dimensional and cross-cultural approach focused on alternative water supply, green infrastructure and sustainable drainage systems, which have a contribution to make to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) and Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM), but require greater emphasis on the social and cultural in the context of complex urban water governance in both developed and developing countries.  

Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience (CWCR)

The Centre brings together established inter-disciplinary teams working on different national and international water security initiatives at UWE Bristol.

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