Water innovation and sustainability
As we navigate an era of increasing water scarcity, pollution, and unsustainable consumption, the imperative for transformative solutions and scientific breakthroughs to water management has reached unprecedent heights. Recognising this urgency, this cross-disciplinary research theme combines innovation, cutting-edge technology, and behavioural change strategies to drive water resilience and sustainability.
This theme focuses on three pivotal areas:
Biotechnology for resource recovery
Embracing the potential of biotechnology, we aim to harness the untapped value of wastewater for reducing greenhouse gases, producing bioenergy and extracting valuable products, fostering a circular approach to water treatment.
This area is led by Dr Bing Guo.
Several ways that the Institute has been supportive and inspiring to me. One, the Institute sustainability seedcorn fund has supported a student research project on waste manure to biogas and reducing antimicrobial resistance, which has led to industrial collaboration with SME on Surrey research park, and the student has won competitive travel grant from EBNet to present at international conferences.Dr Bing Guo, Co-Lead
Two, the Institute has provided opportunities to broaden my network internally and externally, I have increased amount of interactions with academics in FHMS and FASS which inspired cross disciplinary project ideas and expanded the breadth of my research.
Water literacy and sustainable water behaviour
Through education, awareness campaigns, smart technology, artificial intelligence, and behavioural interventions, we empower individuals and communities to make informed choices to use water effectively.
This area is led by Dr Pablo Pereira-Doel.
The Institute for Sustainability nurtures a dynamic ecosystem of cross-disciplinary expertise, fostering the unlocking of innovative solutions to address the urgent global challenge of water sustainability.Dr Pablo Pereira-Doel, Co-Lead
Drinking water quality
Small and large infrastructure development to ensure the sustainable provision of safe drinking water. This includes advancement in monitoring and management, materials, supply chain optimisation, artificial intelligence integration, and innovative methodologies to enhance the accessibility of clean water systems.
This area is led by Dr Katherine Pond.
Connections with others in the University working on related areas has been interesting.Dr Katherine Pond, Co-Lead
Dr Bing Guo
Dr Bing Guo is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Sustainablity, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Institute for Sustainability fellow and Programme Lead on Water Innovation and Sustainability.
She joined the University of Surrey as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2020. She received her PhD and MEng in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Canada, and BEng in Environmental Engineering from Beijing Normal University, China.
Prior to joining Surrey, she was awarded the Quebec Postdoctoral Research B3X scholarship in 2019 as a joint postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada and Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
Her research interests include microbial ecology modelling (immigration theory, microbial interactions and networks), environmental biotechnology for waste to energy and wastewater treatment (anaerobic digestion, anammox, symbiotic biofilms), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in environment, using omics and bioinformatics tools.
Dr Pablo Pereira Doel
Lecturer in Hospitality Information Technology; Digital Lab Commercialisation Officer; ESRC-SeNSS Research Fellow; Sustainability Fellow at Institute for Sustainability
Dr Pablo Pereira-Doel is a lecturer in Hospitality Information Technology, an ESRC-SeNSS Research Fellow, and an ESRC-IAA Commercialisation Fellow at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. After several years in the hospitality/tourism industry in Spain, France, The Gambia, and the UK, he is now an applied social scientist who uses sustainability-oriented innovations, consumer nudging, persuasive communication, design thinking, and experimental research methods to create positive pro-environmental behaviour change. His consumer and industry testing research contributed to developing a smart water-saving technology to nudge users to take shorter showers.
Pablo's problem-solving transdisciplinary research has involved partnerships with several companies in the hospitality industry (e.g. Scandic, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, TUI, Hostelling International, and others) and beyond (e.g. Aguardio ApS, Anglian Water, Northumbrian Water, L'Oréal, and the UN Environment Program). He is currently consulting for L'Oréal on experimental research.
His research has been funded through internal scholarships, an ESRC SeNSS Industry Engagement Fund, two ESRC Impact Acceleration Funds, a UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund, and an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Pablo is the first researcher in the UK to be awarded an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship in the hospitality/tourism field.
Dr Katherine Pond
Kathy has over 20 years experience in cross-disciplinary national and international research and consultancy focusing on improving water quality and public health in low and high income countries. She has close collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) since joining Surrey in 2000 and is the lead contact for the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Protection of Water Quality and Human Health held by the University of Surrey.
Prior to joining the Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health, University of Surrey in 1996 Dr Katherine Pond worked for four years as co-ordinator of a national coastal pollution project.
She spent a 2-year secondment at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Rome where she worked in the Water and Sanitation Unit.
Since returning to the University as a Researcher she has continued to work as a WHO Temporary Advisory on a number of contracts providing technical and administrative support and training in the field of drinking water quality and human health. Kathy leads the work of the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Protection of Water Quality and Human Health, held by the University of Surrey.
Kathy is now a Senior Lecturer (working part time since 2009) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the programme lead for the MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering.