Limits to the availability of groundwater in Africa

Professor Mike Edmunds – expert in geology and groundwater management at the School of Geography and the Environment – comments on a recent British Geological Survey publication on groundwater in Africa. He questions the assumption that groundwater is an abundant new resource in Africa and higlights several limitations to its availability.

The Macronutrients Cycles Programme is launched with multiple grants approved

The Macronutrient Cycles Programme – a £9.3 million programme of research directed by Professor Paul Whitehead at Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment – has approved a set of grants, marking the start an exciting three years of integrated research of the cycles of nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon and their interactions in the environment.

Oxford University wins grant to explore links between poverty alleviation and ecosystem services in the Bay of Bengal Delta

Professor Paul Whitehead and Dr Fai Fung from Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment have won a project grant for £327K as part of a large Consortium Grant Project “Assessing health, livelihoods, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in populous deltas”, focusing on the Bay of Bengal Delta region of Bangladesh.

The business case for water investments: could multinationals find the cash?

Might multinationals be persuaded to invest in water infrastructure in the growth markets of the future? It might make sense for them as well as for their potential customers, suggests Alex Money.

Thames Water Sponsored DPhil Studentship 2012-2015

A three-year funded DPhil studentship on ‘Reduction of algal loading onto water treatment works’ is available from October 2012, in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, with full sponsorship by Thames Water.

Mobile technology to fix hand pumps in Africa

Thousands of families affected by the ongoing drought in East Africa are set to benefit from improved water supplies thanks to innovative mobile technology designed by Oxford University.

Australian water practitioners visit Oxford to learn from innovations in the UK water industry

On Thursday 10 May, a delegation of 18 Australian water management specialists from industry, local government, and engineering consultancies visited Oxford University as part of a Water Sensitive Studies Tour. Speakers from Oxford University and the UK research and technology sector briefed the delegation on trends in policy, research and technology in the UK water industry.

Highlights from Water Security and Federal Rivers workshop

A global workshop gathered 35 delegates from 12 countries to exchange lessons learned from water reforms to manage water-related risks and conflicts in federal rivers.