We work to increase awareness of water security issues and to foster positive change

Our approach.

The UEA Water Security Research Centre’s approach to water security centres on the need to understand the physical and social drivers and dynamics of contemporary global water challenges, and to recognise the multiple uses and benefits of water that need to be managed in any context.

Water security is therefore seen as intricately connected to critical global policy concerns, including safe drinking water provision, climate change, food security, energy generation and environmental protection. Centre members conduct research and consultancy, teaching and training, and outreach and policy engagement to increase awareness of water security issues and to foster positive change.

As well as researchers from the School of International DevelopmentSchool of Environmental Sciences and School of Health Sciences, the Centre draws upon expertise from across the University of East Anglia including the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and Norwich Medical School.

We are committed to research that makes a genuine contribution to resolving major global challenges.

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We offer a range of consultancy services.

We go beyond studying phenomena to bring about positive change by means of engagement through extensive outreach, commissioned training, action research and policy formation or guidance. For consultancy enquiries, please contact the Centre Director, Jo Geere using jo.geere@uea.ac.uk or watersecurity@uea.ac.uk in the first instance. Jo will help you identify members with the relevant expertise to support your project or requirements.  

Previous clients have included: 

The African Development Bank (ADB) | Anglian Water | Environment Agency for England and Wales | UK Department for International Development | UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) | Economic and Social Research Council | European Union (EU) | International Committee of the Red Cross | International Rivers | Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) | International Union for Conservation of Nature | International Water Management Institute | Medical Research Council (MRC) | Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) | Oxfam | UK Water Industry Research Ltd (UKWIR) | United Nations Development Programme | The World Bank | WaterAid U.K. | Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) | The International Labour Organisation (ILO) 

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Post Graduate Research:

We welcome enquiries and research proposals from strong potential PhD candidates in the field of water security. Centre staff have supervised PhD students working on a wide range of water-related research projects. Example topics include WASH access in the Global South; transboundary water politics and conflict; ecosystems and integrated water resources management; climate change and water related risks and hazards.

Interdisciplinary and cross-School supervision is possible. Please consult our people pages for details of staff interests, and the website of the School you are interested in applying to for details of the application process.  

UEA is part of two UKRI doctoral training centres that could support your post graduate research:  

UEA faculties connected with the centre provide studentships that may support post graduate water research projects. For further information on PhD opportunities see the UEA website.

Our people are experts in their field.

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Short Courses.

Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners short course: 

“We need to shift our focus from the availability of water to the ways in which it is managed and distributed, in our analysis of water security.” Dr Jessica Buds, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Development.

Securing water for all is a global challenge for all countries. On this annual short course, you’ll develop a broad and cross-disciplinary understanding of water security and its related dimensions. You’ll focus on how water security for human populations is socially and politically determined, and the consequences of water insecurity on a range of stakeholders and environments. You will benefit from our in-depth understanding of interrelated issues to think about how to co-create water secure futures.

Course Requirements:

No prior knowledge or special skills are required; however, you’ll have a genuine interest in learning about water security and development. The course is conducted in English. It is essential that you have full competence in English, both written and spoken.

Contact WSRC Director: Jo Geere using jo.geere@uea.ac.uk or watersecurity@uea.ac.uk

Further course information is available in the UEA course catalogue here.


Members of the Water Security Research Centre collaborate with an established global network of researchers and build new research partnerships to conduct world class research, consultancy, and education. We work with researchers from across UEA and from other U.K. and international universities, from stakeholder groups, government departments, industry, and international and non-government organisations working in sectors affected by water issues. A sample of our recent research project partnerships and are listed below.

  • Professor Roger Few and Dr Mark Tebboth are playing lead roles in the €6.7M project ‘DOWN2EARTH’ an EU project addressing water and food security challenges in the drylands of the horn of Africa. Their key role in the programme will be to gain a holistic understanding of people’s information needs; what would be useful to them, and how it can best be delivered, to make sure that technologies and tools developed by others in the consortium are appropriate, useful and grounded in the everyday realities of people who live and work in these dryland environments.
  • Professor Mark Zeitoun is running the third 3rd phase of the Yarmouk Futures Programme. This is establishing the Water Diplomacy Centre at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (Jordan’s top university), with a focus on training and research throughout the region.
  • Professor Timothy Osborne is PI for ‘INTEGRATE’; An integrated data-model study of interactions between tropical monsoons and extra-tropical climate variability.
  • Dr Helen He is PI for the SWARM project; Impacts Assessments to Support WAter Resources Management and Climate Change Adaption for China (SWARM)
  • Professor Paul Hunter, Iain Lake and Roger Few are collaborating with the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response at King’s College London.

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