Water Security: Researching management, governance and uses of water
Founded in 2011, the Water Security Research Centre (WSRC) brings together researchers from across the University of East Anglia to address the theoretical, practical, and policy challenges of managing and governing water for different human, economic and environmental needs from the local to the global scales.
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Our Research Themes
Water security and WaSH
Researchers engaged with this theme investigate how water security and access to water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities are associated with global and public health, infection prevention and control (IPC), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and behaviour change.
Water politics and governance
This theme focuses on the social and political processes influencing transboundary water diplomacy and management, and includes analysis of cooperation and conflict, power, politics and hydro-hegemony, water markets, privatisation, and regulation.
Hydro-social cycles and ecosystems
Within this theme, researchers investigate challenges and solutions to uses of water for supporting human activities and environmental processes, with a focus on water allocation and efficiency for river basin management, irrigation policy, and performance, managing the challenges of hydroelectric dams, and reducing pollution and threats to biodiversity.
Climate risks, water security and well-being
Water insecurity is a major risk to the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, superimposed on existing poverty and inequality. Researchers addressing this theme investigate how extreme and variable weather exacerbates water insecurity and focus on how vulnerable communities can be supported to adapt to risks and hazards associated with water insecurity because of climate change.
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