Priority global water-research questions for the looming climate crisis

water@leeds recently published an article in the One Earth Journal showcasing a list of six priority global water research themes for the coming decade, outputs from a global scoping exercise.

These six thematic domains include water and sanitation for human settlements; water and sanitation safety risk management; water security and scarcity; hydroclimate-ecosystem-Anthropocene dynamics; multi-level governance; and knowledge production.

The thematic areas spanning across scales and levels of water governance offer a multi-scalar framework for guiding the nature of water research in the coming decades. Most importantly, they indicate across all levels how global water security presents a complex problem for human societies and will become more acute as the impacts of climate change escalate.

This Water Day COP27 webinar organised in collaboration with the Water Security Hub and the Priestley International Centre for Climate will bring together experts from multiple disciplines and geographical locations working on various scales to identify how water security at these different scales is impacted by climate change and how the six priority water research themes are at the core of adaptation to climate change. Speakers include:

Name Position and Institution Focus Area (s) Some additional notes
  1. Mubiana Muyangwa
Head of Programmes- WaterAid Zambia Environmental Engineering
  1. Isabel Medem
CEO/Co-Founder SANIMA Sanitation & Gender “Forbes 30 Under 30” Social Innovator
  1. Prof. Joyeeta Gupta
Professor of Environment and Development in Global South-University of Amsterdam and IHE Delft Institute of Water Education Water, Energy and Development including changing governance patterns and multi-level governance “co-chair of the Earth Commission (2019-2021), set up by Future Earth and supported by the Global Challenges Foundation, together with Johan Rockström and Dahe Qin.”
  1. Dr Mark Trigg
Associate Professor of Water Risk – University of Leeds Water-related risk, floodplains, global floods, modelling and remote sensing “professional scientist and chartered engineer with experience in hydrology, hydrogeology and hydraulics, with particular interests in integrated catchment management, flood risk and water resource issues and have experience working in many climates and countries”
  1. Dr Radhika Borde
Lecturer in Sustainability Transitions and Social Justice – University of Leeds WASH development, gender and social movements “My research in sanitation explores issues of gender, inequality and distributive justice, biopolitics and circular economies of sanitation.”
  1. Dr Yolanda Lopez Maldonado
Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Affairs Officer – Commission for Environmental Cooperation Environmental and social justice for indigenous peoples “Indigenous thinker committed to support Indigenous Peoples in their struggles for rights, environmental and social justices”

Please register here.