Research themes in the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience (CWCR)

Our research themes

We focus on a range of themes reflecting the diversity and inter-disciplinary nature of issues concerning different aspects of water risk, security and development of resilient communities. Particular attention is given to research explorations at the intersections of the four themes below:

Security, policy and governance

  • Insurance
  • Flood and drought risk management strategies
  • Institutional structures
  • Funding mechanisms
  • Localism
  • Regulatory frameworks
  • Community lead adaptation planning
  • Issues of compensation
  • Property rights aspects of flooding and flood management
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Flooding, droughts and environmental regulation
  • Heritage conservation policy

Water/earth science and engineering

  • Flood-drought continuum
  • Flooding, drought and integrated water management
  • Catchment processes
  • Changing risk
  • Human intervention and climate change
  • Complexity and uncertainty
  • Prediction
  • Assets and defences
  • Management of property
  • Non-structural approaches
  • Nature Based Solutions and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDs)
  • Resilience engineering
  • Grey-green-blue infrastructure
  • Renewable Energies in Water and Wastewater Process Engineering
  • Water, Energy and Food (WEF) Nexus
  • Wastewater Technologies and Wastewater Reuse as a resource
  • Heritage conservation science

Community/stakeholder development and resilience

  • Preparedness to water-related hazards and climate change
  • Flood and drought recovery and resilient communities
  • Property and community level flood and drought adaptation
  • Monitoring water scarcity and excess
  • Community water education
  • Planning water resilient neighbourhoods
  • Interaction of flood-drought policy and governance with communities
  • Capacity building for stakeholders in community flood-drought risk management

Representation, perception and behaviour

  • Psychology of water and environmental risk
  • Risk perception
  • Memory and place
  • Underserved groups
  • Water and risk behaviours and resilience

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Our specialisms within the wider Water Security

The USP of CWCR is a ‘community resilience’ lens on water security, with specific specialisms in water-related hazards and climate change; drinking water and human wellbeing, as defined in the United Nations' Water Security infographic image.

The UWE Bristol Global Water Security Programme provides opportunities for our students and staff to work with host communities at home and overseas on water security issues including water supply, water safety, hazards and water-energy-food nexus issues.

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