Water, climate change and sustainability


We are addressing issues of drought or flooding caused by changing climate and looking into sustainable and practical solutions.

Time-Geographical Approaches to emergence and sustainable societies (TiGrESS) (2003-2005)

The TiGrESS project will evaluate the utility of Time-Geographical methods in increasing our understanding of the relationships between environmental change and social-economic driving factors

CHANSE: Coupled Human And Natural Systems Environment for water management under uncertainty in the Indo-Gangetic Plain

Funded through the Newton-Bhabha Fund, a joint initiative between UK NERC and the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences

Flood impact assessment in mega cities under urban sprawl and climate change (2015-2017)

The project is supported by Global Innovation Initiative award of the Grant by the British Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

EU-CIRCLE (A pan-European framework for strengthening critical infrastructure resilience) (2015-2018)

CWS is participating the EU H2020 EU-CIRCLE project to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure (CI) network(s) to cope with the future changing climate.

RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas (RESCCUE)

This EU funded project aims to deliver a framework enabling city resilience assessment and will use three European case study cities.

Drought thought to be caused by climate change

Safe & SuRe: Towards a New Paradigm for Urban Water Management (2013 – 2018)

The five-year Fellowship, awarded to Professor David Butler, worth around £1.5 million, will fund a project which aims to develop a new approach to water management in UK cities.

The Land of the MUSCos: Multiple-Utility Service Companies (2011 - 2014)

This three year project investigates whether alternatives to the present isolated supply streams of infrastructure service delivery can be identified and implemented and specifically whether Multi-Utility Service Companies, or MUSCos are one of them.

Prepared: Enabling change (2010-2014)

Prepared: Enabling Change is a Large Scale Integrating interdisciplinary project funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Program (EC FP7). IPCC climate change scenarios have a global perspective and need to be scaled down to the local level, where decision makers have to balance risks and investment costs.

WASSERMed (2010 - 2013)

WASSERMed (Water Availability and Security in Southern EuRope and the Mediterranean www.wassermed.eu) is a European Commission Seventh Framework Program (EC FP7) funded interdisciplinary collaborative project that draws together experts from diverse backgrounds including water systems, agriculture, climate change analysis and social studies

ReVISIONs (2010 - 2012)

The aim of the project is to provide the knowledge and evidence base to aid the planning of regional spatial development together with infrastructure for transport, water, waste and energy in a more coordinated and integrated way so as to

Urban futures (2008 - 2012)

The key aim of urban futures project is to envisage the future to enable us to make more sustainable decisions today

AIA (Ashford’s Integrated Alternatives)(2009 - 2011)

The AIA project is led by CWS and aims to explore the feasibility of more integrated urban utility service provision as a potential way to improve the sustainability of urban development.

Water Cycle Management For New Developments: WaND (2003-2007)

The aim of the project is to support the delivery of integrated, sustainable water management for new developments by provision of tools and guidelines for project design, implementation and management.

CoDES (Consortium For Decision Support) Scoping Study (2004-2005)

Decisions about Urban Planning issues are complex problems involving multiple large organisations with differing objectives, large sums of money and conflicting priorities (economic re-generation, environmental protection, management of scarce resources, etc).