Water Security Alliance


Project period: January 2017 – February 2018

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Jan Hofman
University of Bristol: Thorsten Wagener
Cardiff University: Isabelle Durance
University of Exeter: Zoran Kapelan

Project overview

We are forging the ‘Water Security Alliance’; a large regional alliance of academics from the four GW4 institutions, together with stakeholders, with a common vision of addressing the impact of global change on water to benefit people and ecosystems.

Water security means ‘making sure that there is enough water of the right quality in the right place at the right time for people, farming, businesses and environment’.

Due to an expanding population – and increasing social, economic and cultural activities that place pressure on our water resources – water security has been identified by the World Economic Forum as the biggest long-term danger facing the world over the next decade.

The ‘Water Security Alliance’ will foster research excellence, share infrastructure and build long-term partnerships to enhance funding leverage and amplify the reputation of all four institutions. Taken together, the multi-disciplinary expertise of our 160 researchers, the complementary state-of the art infrastructure in water science, as well as our combined stakeholder partnership portfolio, put the Water Security Alliance in a quite unique and competitive position.  As an Alliance we are the largest UK water research consortium and one of the largest worldwide.