An internationally recognised centre of excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching. It brings together researchers from across the disciplines to carry out research to address global challenges in water and health.
The Water and Health Research Centre (WHRC) is a cross-disciplinary, collaborative research centre and a partnership between all 6 University faculties - Arts, Engineering, Science, Social Sciences & Law, Medicine and Dentistry and Medical & Veterinary Science. It captures academics with research interests in water and health from across the University. It provides a research focus for over 30 academic staff in 13 different Departments.
The WHRC is organisationally based within the University’s Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), reflecting the importance placed on the topic and recognising the interdisciplinary and cross-faculty nature of the activity.
The WHRC is currently undertaking or is planning to contribute to the following cross-disciplinary research and teaching activities:
This is an international, multi-disciplinary consortium led by the University of Bristol. The aim is to deliver a water test that can be used widely in developing countries, with a sustainable basis for manufacturing, distributing and marketing the Aquatest device. The first phase of the project was funded by the European Union’s FP6-GLOBAL programme as a preparatory study. The second phase runs for 4 years from October 2007 and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The objective of the project was to establish a) whether rural water policy takes adequate account of the deterioration in quality between source and point-of-use; and b) to evaluate policy alternatives by assessing the relative cost effectiveness of different types of water-related interventions. It was targeted at the rural poor, the primary beneficiaries of improvements in water policy. It ran for 5 years from October 2001.
The University of Bristol has for many years had distinctive strengths in water research with over 30 academic staff in 13 Departments working on water-related topics. Notable clusters of water expertise include groups which concentrate on:
Bristol academics edit key international water journals, provide advice on water issues to many governmental and international bodies and lead major international water research projects. Two particular existing strengths are the use of novel technologies to solve water-related problems in the developing world and the study of systems of water governance that provide the context in which such solutions are deployed.
This dispersed strength was recognised in November 2006 at a capacity building Water Workshop held at the University’s Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS). A direct outcome of this meeting was the establishment of the Water and Health Research Centre (WHRC).
Dr Stephen Gundry (Engineering Management Group, Dept Civil Engineering) is Director of WHRC and chair of the WHRC Management Board.
Membership of the WHRC Steering Group is currently being finalised.
Dr Stephen Gundry
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Water and Health Research Centre
Institute for Advanced Studies
University of Bristol
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