Research in the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

Our research reaches across an enormous range of disciplines, geographical contexts and areas of focus

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Our projects are directly relevant to many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and particularly to Goal 6, to 'ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all'. Much of our work is supported by external funding from a variety of sources, from multi-partner, international and interdisciplinary research to discrete, highly targeted policy-driven projects.

Our central aim is to make sure that decision-making is linked to scientific evidence and considers the opinions of those affected by it.


Grass surrounding river
View Natural flood management to reduce flood risk and restore Eddleston Water for community and wildlife

Research project

Natural flood management (NFM) can help us adapt to climate change, reducing flood risk and conserving habitats, while sustaining farming livelihoods. We are testing this at Eddleston Water, within the Scottish Government’s research programme on the effectiveness of catchment-scale NFM measures.

Man looking out over the Ganges river
View River health in the Ganges

Research project

The river system of the Ganges holds great physical, social and cultural importance in India, but suffers from poorly regulated pollution and water demand. This project looked at how water pollution affects communities on the Ramganga tributary of the Ganges.