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The Smith School Water Programme aims to understand and address water-related risks to economic growth, human development and environmental management. A problem-based and interdisciplinary approach focuses on designing, testing and implementing new tools, technologies and models. Current projects are making science, policy and practice advances in the areas of urban utility finance, rural water institutions, groundwater risk management, smart river management, and mobile-enabled water technologies. Two themes guide the programme: (1) Water Security, Growth and Development and (2) Smart Water Systems.

The Water Programme works in partnership with the School of Geography and the Environment, Department of Engineering Science, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the Oxford Water Network with over 100 faculty and researchers working globally on water science and policy challenges across climate systems, economics, ecosystems, energy, engineering, food systems, hydrology, law, politics, policy and public health.

The programme is currently funded with over £17 million of competitive grants won from UK research councils (ESRC, NERC), DFID, UNICEF, John Fell Fund and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Past donors include OECD, World Bank and the Gates Foundation. Enterprise partners in the programme include global leaders in the extractives industry, beverages/food sector, insurance, mobile network operators, and wireless technology and semi-conductor industries.


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