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Centre for Water


Centre for Water

A Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence

Transdisciplinary centre of excellence

We are a transdisciplinary centre of excellence in water research. 

Our mission is to deliver the solutions needed to improve water security, now and in the future.

We work from the local to the global scale.

We draw upon and embed interdisciplinary expertise and methodologies.

Newcastle University has a 70-year history of water-related research, teaching and innovation.

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Our research aims and ethos

We reach across all our disciplines and campuses in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore.

We take our mission-oriented research to a higher level:

  • bringing new powers and dimensions in the fight for water in the 21st century
  • embracing the health, artistic, social, and cultural value of water, as well as engineering
Fishing community in the Johor River Basin, Malaysia

Our community

We're a community that values art, knowledge and scholarship in their own right. But we address the very real challenges of which we are all profoundly aware. We will be a community that excels in its mission to research, to teach and to engage.

Our holistic and multidisciplinary culture allow us to draw on all social and physical dimensions of water. We create solutions to the challenges in the sector that are:

  • socially just
  • politically acceptable
  • technically sustainable
Baoli, a water conservation structure in Delhi, India.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our work will support progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially:

  • SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Recognising the strong interlinkages between the goals, we also support and contribute towards:

  • SDG3: Good Health and Well Being
  • SDG5: Gender Equality
  • SDG10: Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG13: Climate Action
  • SDG14: Life Below Water
  • SDG15: Life on Land


United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals wheel, highlighting SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.