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Research direction and strategy

Broadly speaking, the Institute is concerned about research on water sensitivity in the planning, design, management, environment, health and socio-technological contributions of settlements, with added emphasis on equity, improved governance and socio-cultural diversity.

This is specifically addressed in four research directions:

  • Environmental (protection of natural water resources)
  • Industrial (technical options and uses of water, water as part of the process, water as a waste resource)
  • Economic (cost benefit and viability i.e. do the associated benefits come at additional cost)
  • People (addressing socio-cultural and institutional challenges and resistance)

and, importantly, the interaction between these.