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Making catchments, cities, and infrastructure more productive, safer, and sustainable.

We develop innovative ways to manage water systems and mitigate the effects of climate change across the world.

Grounded in both science and engineering, the Water Group was established in 1984.

Our research is cutting edge and diverse. It informs our teaching, for both undergraduates and postgraduates. Organisations, institutions and communities worldwide use our research to inform their decision making.

Watch: Celebrating 70 Years of Water Research At Newcastle University

Watch: How Newcastle University Are Tackling Water Security and Sustainable Development

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Our research areas

Our research themes integrate advanced computer simulation capabilities, statistical methods, and systems modelling.

Our work often cuts across themes and research disciplines. We lead the GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub. The project brings together leading researchers from around the world. The work is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

We have a long-term commitment to field experimentation and engineering interventions at a range of scales.

We have organised our research around five inter-related themes:


Taught Programmes

From day one, our Civil Engineering Undergraduate Programmes give students a path to become a professional engineer, addressing major global challenges.

Our Civil Engineering Postgraduate Taught (MSc) Programmes equip students with the advanced skills and expertise to help shape the world. 

Find out more about our Water Resources MSc courses at Newcastle University

Watch the video Postgraduate Water Resources Engineering - Dr Paul Quinn

Our Reach

We teach talented students to the highest standards through our MScMEngPhD and EngD programmes. We educate the next generation of water researchers, policy-makers and professionals.

We are founding members of UKCRIC. In the North-East, we host:

We work in partnership with the Environmental Engineering Group. In collaboration with academics, government, industry and communities throughout the world, we are:

  • transforming practice
  • improving quality of life
  • helping to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Learn about the academic, societal, industrial and political impact our research is having on the wider world.

Our high quality academic work is responsive to large-scale societal needs and demands. Here are a few examples of how we’re helping to make the world a better place.


Engagement is integral to our ethos. Our work provides mutual benefit for both the University and our external partners. Read about some of our case studies having an impact at local, national and international levels:

We welcome collaborative opportunities from a wide range of partners.

Collaboration and partnership

We work collaboratively with many partners in our education and research programmes. This ensures our students are ready to work in the water sector, and to maximise the impact of our research.

We work with a range of partners in Newcastle, the UK, and internationally, including:

  • multi-national corporations and SMEs
  • the public sector
  • civil society
  • professional institutions
  • voluntary organisations
  • schools and colleges
  • policymakers

Our collaborations

Join Us

An internationally-leading group in research, teaching, and engagement with industry and society. We offer excellent opportunities across all these areas. Join us in a range of exciting activities. The Water Group includes a wide-ranging team of academic and research staff, PhD and MSc students.

Job vacancies

We often have exciting opportunities available to join our team. Check Newcastle University job vacancies for current opportunities.

If you are a full professor interested in moving to Newcastle University, contact Head of Group Professor Hayley Fowler in the first instance.

PhD opportunities

Various funded PhD studentships related to our research are available. Funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) allows us to offer a variety of opportunities.

Take a look at our current PhD candidates and our staff research interests to get an idea of the opportunities available.

You can also study with us via a UKRI-funded CDT or DTP:


Contact us

Group head - Haley Fowler
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