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Manchester Environmental Research Institute

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Water security and sustainable development

Our research is helping to inform how limited freshwater resources can be managed sustainably and efficiently to meet the competing needs of human uses and the environment.

Activities in in this area are supporting sectoral and inter-sectoral water policy both in the UK and internationally, including support for more equitable and sustainable water management in ODA countries to enable economic growth and improved resilience to climate change.

Our current key areas of research include:

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  • 3 arrows, yellow, blue and red, curve to make a complete circle. Within the arrows is imagery of water, wheat and pylons.
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  • Aerial shot of town

Our researchers

Roshan Adhikari
Research Associate

Research specialisms: Agriculture, climate, natural resources, development, policy.

Jafar Al-Jawad
Research Associate

Research specialisms: Surface and groundwater numerical modelling, optimization algorithm and technique, multi-scenario and decision making, water infrastructure design, sustainable management, water-energy nexus.

Cecilia Alda Vidal
Post Graduate Researcher

Research specialisms: Political-ecology, social power and water, hydro-social configurations, water conflict.

Godfred Amankwaa
Teaching Assistant

Research specialisms: Digital water futures, water policy, urban water security, everyday practices, ICT4WaSH.

Mohammed Basheer

Research specialisms: Dam operation, river system modelling, multi-objective optimization, hydro-economics, Nile Basin.

Giovanni Basolu
Full Stack Web Developer

Research specialisms: Software developing for water resource modelling.

Alison Browne
Senior Lecturer in Geography

Research specialisms: Water, climate change adaptation, everyday practice and sustainable consumption.

Andrea Bottacin-Busolin
Senior Lecturer

Research specialisms: Water quality modelling and management, urban drainage, flood risk assessment, sediment processes, catchment management.

Bethany Coleman
Teaching Assistant

Research specialisms: Dams, hydropower, hydroelectricity, water science, water governance.

Ralitza Dimova
Associate Professor (Reader) in Development Economics

Research specialisms: Development economics.

Tim Foster
Senior Lecturer in Water-Food Security

Research specialisms: Water-food-energy systems, water resources management, hydro-economic modelling, remote sensing.

Alejandro Gallego Schmid

Research specialisms: Circular economy, water and wastewater resource recovery, life cycle assessment (LCA), developing countries, water-energy nexus.

Jose M. Gonzalez
Post Graduate Researcher

Research specialisms: Integrated water resources management, multi-objective robust optimisation under uncertainty, renewable energies.

Julien Harou
Chair in Water Engineering

Research specialisms: Water management, infrastructure investment assessment, optimisation, simulation, integrated water resource management, multi-criteria assessment.

Claire Hoolohan
Presidential Fellow

Research specialisms: Social dimensions of water use, reducing demand and water security, sustainable consumption.

David Hulme
Professor of Development Studies

Jaise Kuriakose
Teaching Associate, Research Associate

Research specialisms: Climate change, hydro reservoirs, GHG emissions, energy generation, energy demand.

Cecipa Medupin

Research specialisms: River ecology, biodiversity, macroinvertebrates, water quality, rivers, public engagement and knowledge transfer.

Nate Millington
Presidential Fellow

Research specialisms: Politics of the urban environment and the governance of water and waste.

Eva Navarro Lopez
Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Research specialisms: Complex networks, cyber-physical systems, control engineering, mathematical modelling, safety/security-critical infrastructures, water distribution networks.

Mathaios Panteli

Research specialisms: Co-simulation, co-optimization, water-energy, resilience, planning, integrated.

Aditya Ramesh
Presidential Fellow (Academic)

Research specialisms: Dams, irrigation, deltas, water-supply, drainage, water bureaucracies, water history.

Sarah Redicker
Post Graduate Researcher

Research specialisms: Irrigation, rainfall variability, smallholder farmer livelihoods, agricultural productivity, adaptation.

Kate Scott
Presidential Fellow (Academic)

Research specialisms: Embodied water, virtual water, water supply chain, water modelling, water consumption.

Stephen Scott-Bottoms
Professor of Contemporary Theatre

Research specialisms: Community and stakeholder engagement (arts based), flood resilience, river stewardship, community engagement, storytelling, sited performance.

Susanne Shultz
Professor of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation

Research specialisms: Physiology, pollution, abstraction, wildlife, population biology.

Samuel Stratford
Post Graduate Researcher

Research specialisms: Dams, politics, finance, state, power.

Erik Swyngedouw
Professor of Human Geography

Research specialisms: Political-ecology, social power and water, hydro-social configurations, water conflict.

Duncan Thomas
Honorary Research Fellow

Research specialisms: Climate change resilience and sustainability in regulated water utility sectors and global water and sanitation planning and policies.

Mark Usher
Simon Research Fellow

Research specialisms: Governance, infrastructure, policy, politics, daylighting.

Dale Whittington
Professor of International Development

Research specialisms: Water research, technology and innovation policies; water privatisation impacts on R&D; innovation strategies and sustainable development.