Water Security Alliance


Project period: July – November 2016

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

Project overview

Water security has been identified by the World Economic Forum as the biggest long-term danger facing the world over the next decade. 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’.

There a few cases where the complexity of the challenge requires more clearly an interdisciplinary approach and close partnerships with stakeholders. The GW4 partners have a long-standing expertise in water research. Each partner has core complementary areas of internationally recognised excellence: Bath is renowned worldwide for water technology, water analytics and water cycle analysis, Bristol for modelling the water environment and uncertainty quantification, Cardiff for interdisciplinary catchment science, and Exeter for urban water and hydroinformatics.

Taken together, nearly 180 staff are involved, and with complementary state-of the art infrastructure in water science, as well as our combined stakeholder partnership portfolio, the Water Security Alliance now ranks as the largest UK water research group, and one of the largest worldwide.

Our aim is to use the initiator fund to create the ‘Water Security Alliance’, a long-term alliance bringing together research excellence, infrastructure and partnerships from four institutions, with the aim to foster new collaborations, and significantly enhance both the funding leverage and the national and international reputation of the four institutions.