Politics and Governance of Water and Sanitation

Engaged action research

We are a thriving research group working on the politics and governance of water and sanitation through interdisciplinary and international partnerships.

Our work

Water flows through every global development challenge.  We focus on the power, resources and politics that shapes how water is distributed and governed through human societies.  Our work is necessarily interdisciplinary  and we work closely with the School of Civil Engineering and School of Earth and Environment

We have an active water politics, policy and governance research group including academic staff, PhD researchers and affiliated researchers and practitioners.

Our core team

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In partnership with the Global Water Partnership Tanzania, Ministry of Water – Tanzania and UNESCO East Africa, we held a...


We were in Addis Ababa in February 2020 for the GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub Assembly. https://www.watersecurityhub.org/about  


PhD student, Shivani Singhal, has published a blog at The Climate Press entitled ‘Delhi and the River of Love’ exploring...


CGD is part of the new GCRF ‘Water Hub’ project. Eighty per cent of the world’s population live in areas...