The Centre has a strong focus on research, believing that providing high quality and reliable insights into different aspects of water law, policy and science is one of our foremost tasks. We lead and participate in projects covering a wide variety of topics, including transboundary water governance, integrated water and coastal zone management, ecosystems services, biodiversity and shared groundwater. We work in a range of geographical locations, ranging from South-East Asia, Africa, and India to the borders between England and Scotland.
Our expertise in water law, policy and science provides complementary knowledge in more science-based projects, and is an area of competence in its own right.
The Centre also fulfills an important role in disseminating research results; we produce policy briefs, reports and papers which present results in a form suitable for policy makers and managers, as well as in high quality academic publications.
Our research is funded by national research councils, as well as by the European Union. If you would like to discuss research cooperation, please contact Professor Geoffrey D. Gooch, Centre Director.
The Centre also offers supervision for research students – principally, PhD students. PhD students may study full-time on campus (three years), or part-time which may be off-campus (five years).
We are always keen to attract the best PhD students. Our PhD programme is competitive, and we have constraints around supervision capacity, so in the first place, before making a formal application, we ask students to submit an initial informal proposal to Sarah Hendry. This lets us assess the feasibility of supervising your proposed area of study.