Our vision at the Future Water Institute is of sustainable and resilient water futures.
Based at the University of Cape Town, our mission is to conduct engaged research on water sensitive approaches that sustain society’s current and future water needs.
We are driven by the urgent need to enhance capacity for managing water scarcity and building resilience; to innovate so that water supply meets demand; and to ensure technically sound, socially acceptable and sustainable water management policies and practices.
We draw together researchers from diverse fields to engage with water-related issues and conduct cross-cutting research around four intersecting themes. Together, we work to increase knowledge and understanding of water issues, improve water management and water governance, and increase capacity across the water sector. To do this:
Our guiding principles
We embrace collaboration and drive a transdisciplinary approach – held together by a common purpose
Our research has skills development and capacity building as fundamental components
We value and respect the talents and contributions of individuals and different disciplines
We recognise the complexity of the problems we are addressing, and are mindful of their associated social, cultural and historic contexts
As we innovate we seek to use, build on and leverage off existing knowledge
We seek to develop fit-for-purpose social and technical ideas and options which drive multiple streams of value
In understanding and articulating value we consider value protected and value created – in social and economic terms
Our research and practices are underpinned by credibility, evidence, ethics, integrity