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.

Partnerships Highlights 2018

Guy Ziv, Transitions to resilience and sustainability through UK dairy systems and supply chain innovation (BBSRC) £531,000


  • Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership,
  • N8 AgriFood,
  • Arla,
  • ASDA,
  • Business in the
  • Community (BiTC),
  • Co-op,
  • Dairycrest,
  • Defra,
  • FirstMilk,
  • Game and Conservation Wildlife Trust (GCWT),
  • Innovation for Agriculture,
  • Natural England,
  • Nestle UK & I,
  • Rivers Trust,
  • Scottish Government,
  • Scottish National Heritage,
  • Anglian Water,
  • Crown Estates,
  • Danone,
  • Glanbia,
  • Lactalis McLelland,
  • Marks & Spencers,
  • Meadow Foods,
  • Muller Milk & Ingredients,
  • Sainsbury’s,
  • Scottish Water,
  • Tesco,
  • Unilever,
  • United Utilities,
  • Volac,
  • Waitrose,
  • Yara.

Duncan QuinceyHigh-mountain Asia – Building resilience to water variability using experiments, surveys and accounts of tradition (HARVEST) (NERC, GCRF) £201,000


  • Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC),
  • Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS),
  • Budhanilkantha School,
  • Dalit Alliance for Natural Resources (DANAR),
  • Environmental and Economic Research Institute Myanmar (EERIM),
  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD),
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
  • Kadambari Memorial College,
  • Kathmandu University,
  • Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation,
  • Nepal Academy for Science and Technology (NAST),
  • Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organisation (NNDSWO),
  • Nepalese Youth for Climate Action,
  • Practical Action Nepal,
  • Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN),
  • Tribhuvan University (TU).

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