Global Challenges Academy

Sustainable Water

Sustainable Water

Researchers are developing solutions for water challenges globally. This network brings together cross-cutting experts in water engineering, energy, health and sanitation to ensure that water is managed and used in a sustainable way. We inform policy at an international scale for water governance and sanitation, catchment management and resilience to climate change.


Find out more about our projects.


Our partners

  • Northumbrian Water  
  • ARUP 
  • Future Earth 
  • Tyndall Centre  
  • National Engineering Research Centre for Information Technology in Agriculture (NERCITA)
  • National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC)
  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies, UK
  • Ardhi University, Tanzania
  • National Engineering Research Centre for Information Technology in Agriculture (NERCITA), China
  • National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC), China
  • Institute of Water Modelling
  • An Giang Province People's Committee
  • Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh
  • Australian National University
  • University of Nottingham, UK
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • CRES
  • Jadavpur University
  • University of California
  • An Giang University
  • York University, Canada
  • AIT Bangkok
  • BUET
  • United Nations University
  • An Giang University
  • University of Technology Malaysia
  • Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, IIT Delhi
  • Universidad del Valle
  • School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
  • International Water Management Institute 
  • University of Göttingen
  • Addis Ababa University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Oxford
  • UNHabitat
  • UES Calle
  • Abay River Basin Authority
  • Awash River Basin Authority
  • Commission for Recovery of the River Cauca
  • Ministry of Agriculture and NR Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia
  • Rift Valley Lakes Basin Authority
  • The World Bank
  • CURE (Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence)
  • Delhi Development Authority
  • The Flow Partnership
  • Delhi Jal Board
  • Ministry of Earth Sciences, India
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, India
  • Green Shakti Foundation
  • Indian Council Research on International Economic Relations
  • Central Water Commission, India
  • EcoKnights
  • Green Earth Society
  • Indah Water Konsortium
  • Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Malaysia
  • Ministry of Health, Malaysia
  • SAJ Ranhill
  • National Water Services Commission
  • Johor Water Regulatory Body
  • Binary Asylum
  • Envirowatch Ltd
  • Global Flood Partnership
  • International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture
  • International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
  • International Society for Photo and Remote Sensing
  • Matrix Development Consultants
  • Oxfam GB
  • TickTock Games Ltd
  • Waterlat
  • Wolf and Wood
  • WWF South Africa
  • WHO
  • Regulatory Council on Environmental Policy and Water Research
  • National Capital Region Planning Board, India
  • Empresas Munipales de Cali


Newcastle University Staff

Professor Jaime Amezaga
Prof of Environmental Sustainability

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4876

Dr Stephen Blenkinsop
Principal Research Associate in Climate and Climate Change

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7933

Dr Cat Button
Director of Planning and Urban Design


Professor Thomas Curtis
Professor of Environmental Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6690

Professor Russell Davenport
Engineering for the Environment and Human Health

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5544

Professor Richard Dawson
Professor of Earth Systems Engineering, Director of Research & Innovation

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6618

Professor Jeff Errington FMedSci FRS
Director of the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3235

Dr Alistair Ford
Lecturer in Geospatial Data Analytics and Policy Academy Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7121

Dr Nathan Forsythe
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Telephone: 0191 208 6875

Professor Hayley Fowler
Professor of Climate Change Impacts

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7113

Professor Lynn Frewer
Professor of Food & Society

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8272

Dr Rachel Gaulton
Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5582

Vassilis Glenis
Lecturer in Hydroinformatics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6413

Professor David Graham
Professor of Ecosystems Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7930

Dr Selma Guerreiro
Research Fellow


Dr Oliver Heidrich
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6563

Professor Philip James
Professor of Urban Data

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6388

Professor Adam Jarvis
Professor of Hydrogeochemical Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4871

Professor Chris Kilsby
Professor of Hydrology and Climate Change

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5614

Professor Andy Large
Professor in River Science

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6342

Dr Elizabeth Lewis
Lecturer in Computational Hydrology, Deputy Director of Research & Innovation

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7544

Professor Philip Moore
Professor of Space Geodesy

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5040

Dr Greg O'Donnell
Senior Researcher in Land Use Management Effects in Extreme Floods

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5221

Dr Maria Pregnolato
EPSRC Research Fellow


Professor Mark Reed
Prof of Socio-Technical Innovation

Telephone: 07538082343

Professor Selina Stead
Professor of Marine Governance and Environmental Science

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6832

Dr Claire Walsh
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6447

Professor David Werner
Environmental Systems Modelling

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5099

Professor Mark Whittingham
Professor of Applied Ecology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6599


Global Challenge

Water research at Newcastle University is developing solutions to the world’s water problems through interdisciplinary expertise, innovation and collaboration. We're working with academics, government, industry and communities around the world to develop sustainable and resilient water systems in cities and catchments worldwide.

Our research projects are making sustainable management of water possible, and enhancing water infrastructure. We have expertise in a variety of relevant areas. These range from climate modelling to adaptation, from catchment management to wastewater treatment and sanitation. Together we are addressing the most pressing water challenges the world faces today and in the future.

How we are making a difference 

Examples of how Newcastle University researchers in water are making a difference globally:

  • making communities more resilient to flooding
  • reducing the spread of multi-antibiotic resistance
  • investigating changes in rainfall extremes
  • improving management of the water-energy-food nexus
  • developing practical applications to improve adaptation to climate change

Where we are having an impact



Read and download our publications:

  • Is the intensification of precipitation extremes with global warming better detected at hourly than daily resolutions? (2017). Geophysical Letters

    Date Published: 21 January 2017 Read more
  • Climate change impacts on Yangtze River discharge at the Three Gorges Dam (2017). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

    Date Published: 5 April 2017 Read more
  • Spatial Optimization of Future Urban Development with Regards to Climate Risk and Sustainability Objectives (2017). Risk Analysis.

    Date Published: 23 February 2017 Read more
  • Integrated Approach to Assess the Resilience of Future Electricity Infrastructure Networks to Climate Hazards (2017). IEEE Systems Journal

    Date Published: 19 May 2017 Read more
  • Metal removal mechanisms in a short hydraulic residence time subsurface flow compost wetland for mine drainage treatment (2016). Ecological Engineering

    Date Published: 05 October 2016 Read more
  • Do convection-permitting regional climate models improve projections of future precipitation change? (2017). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

    Date Published: 23 January 2017 Read more
  • A new precipitation and drought climatology based on weather patterns (2017). International Journal of Climatology

    Date Published: 13 July 2017 Read more
  • A blueprint for full collective flood risk estimation: demonstration for European river flooding (2016). Risk Analysis

    Date Published: 29 December 2016 Read more
  • Adaptation of water resource systems to an uncertain future (2016). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

    Date Published: 12 May 2016 Read more
  • Alternative business models for flood risk management infrastructure (2016). 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016)

    Date Published: 29 March 2017 Read more
  • Future heat-waves, droughts and floods in 571 European cities

    Date Published: 21 February 2018 Read more