Mission 2: Maximise the effectiveness of research funding in the water sector by becoming the focus for interdisciplinary water research.

water@leeds projects bring together faculty from across the University including engineers, physical scientists, and social scientists to find solutions to global water issues.

water@leeds interdisciplinary projects also include partnerships with a wide range of people and business that will help both to further research for all parties involved, as well as providing the necessary tools to train the next generation of researchers.

Interdisciplinary Water Research Highlights 2016-2017

  • HyCRISTAL (Integrating Hydro-Climate Science into Policy Decisions for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure and Livelihoods in East Africa) will develop new understanding of climate change and its impacts in East Africa.
  • WASH (Water, sanitation and health) will improve our understanding of how to insert value into sanitation provision so that the benefits of improved public health, improved environmental protection, resource recovery to promote food production and energy recovery can be better harnessed to drive public and private investment in sanitation.
  • Maths Foresees Network forges links between academics and industry to rethink the approach to modelling extreme weather events and promote the mathematical modelling of environmental hazards among the general public

Selected Interdisciplinary Projects 2016-2017

  • CRuHM: Congo River user Hydraulics and Morphology (Mark Trigg (2016-2020). Royal Society – DFID. £1,000,000).
  • Real-time predictions of agro-chemical runoff: multi-scale visualisations of water quality risks and costs (Lex Comber (2016-2018). SARIC, £120,000).
  • Exploring the potential for setting up a Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme in Ethiopia (Julia Martin-Ortega (2016). The Global Green Growth Institute, £80,000.
  • IMPALA: Improving climate models for Africa (Doug Parker, Piers Foster and John Marsham (2015-2019). NERC-DFID, £5,000,000).
  • SiolBioHedge: harnessing hedgerow soil biodiversity for restoration of arable soil quality and resilience to climatic extremes and land use changes (Pippa Chapman, Joseph Holden, Richard and Les Firbank (2015-2018). NERC-BBSRC-ESRC, £1,000,000).