Design or optimisation of technologies relating to water resource management, treatment and distribution systems (including waste water and sewerage).
This area encompasses design and optimisation of technologies relating to water resource management, treatment and distribution systems. This research area also encompasses engineering research into the management and treatment of waste water and sewerage, including drainage systems.
Water engineering research in the global and UK context is becoming increasingly important, with future water security a clear priority across government, the water industry and UK Research and Innovation. Specifically, we will work with the community to facilitate multidisciplinary working and to address any research leadership gaps.
This area will be characterised by a portfolio of high quality multidisciplinary work, addressing topics such as:
- resilience of anthropogenic and environmental water systems to shocks under changing environments
- sustainable, long term management of the water system, from catchment to treatment to resource
- achieving water security
- water in the circular economy.
The community should seek to focus on concepts highlighted in the engineering grand challenge addressing sustainable engineering solutions to provide clean water for all. It should also continue to undertake collaborative research, working with EPSRC, other UKRI councils and relevant stakeholders to identify, facilitate and stimulate appropriate research and research funding opportunities, leading to tangible impact.
We will explore options to establish greater academic leadership throughout the community, including by continuing to encourage fellowships in the area from across relevant disciplines, and will take action as necessary.
This research area complements investments related to the cities and infrastructure agenda. In particular, researchers should work to maximise the impact of the investment in the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) to capitalise on the potential for this investment to further strengthen UK leadership.
This area is of relevance to Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding streams and has seen significant recent funding in this area. Given the community interest, we will continue to explore ODA-related opportunities.