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Water innovation and sustainability

As we navigate an era of increasing water scarcity, pollution and unsustainable consumption, transformative solutions and scientific breakthroughs to water management is essential.

Recognising this urgency, this transdisciplinary research programme combines innovation, cutting-edge technology, and behavioural change strategies to drive water resilience and sustainability.

Research areas

​This programme aligns to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) SDG3, SDG6, SDG7, SDG9, SDG11, SDG13, SDG14, SDG15 and SDG17.

This programme focuses on three pivotal areas:

Wastewater flowing

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.

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.
Dr Bing Guo, Co-Lead
Hands in water

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
Boy drinking water from a pump

Drinking water quality

Small and large infrastructure development is essential to ensure 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

Water innovation and sustainability