Leeds is a key partner with UK-based universities Newcastle and Oxford, and four overseas ‘collaboratories’ located in Colombia, Ethiopia, India and Malaysia. Together they join forces on the Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub. A £17.7 million project and one of 12 hubs funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Each collaboratory reflects a unique and complex set of challenges concerning water security. The Leeds team (with members from Civil Engineering and POLIS) offers extensive expertise in resource recovery, WASH, modelling and remote sensing, political ecology and capacity-building. The hub aims to be integral in combating these challenge using a transdisciplinary coproduction approach which upholds the project’s vision of implementing transparency; equity, inclusion and diversity, and sustainability.
Prof Anna Mdee leads the policy and governance workstream across the Hub, with Dr Sarah Cooper, Research Fellow on Water Security, Policy and Governance. Shivani Singhal is undertaking a PhD in conjunction with Prof Ashok Kumar at the School of Planning and Architecture in Dehli.
Dr Lata Narayanswamy work on power, gender and intersectionality in the Hub and is taking in leading role in ethics procedures.