Our Vision‌

Protecting and improving surface and ground water resources. Improving our understanding of human interaction with the water environment to underpin decision making in the area of water governance. To become the preeminent knowledge hub in Scotland on the interface between people and water, in terms of both contributing to science and informing policy.

Our Aim  

To develop the evidence base to support healthy water resources, water resource protection and efficient water treatment.
Water resources play an essential part in human and environmental health, whilst being subjected to increasing anthropogenic demand, contamination and effects of climate change.

We focus on the protection and improvement of water resources and answer research questions of importance in supporting communities, policy and businesses to protect ecosystems and to increase circularity in our water economy.

Our strength lies in adopting multi- and trans disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches, drawing on technology, social science, chemistry and biology.

Our workstreams focus on:
1. Behavioural and lifestyle interventions to develop awareness and protect watercourses.
2. Understanding community and stakeholder perspectives on water management issues.
3. Methods to improve water quality monitoring and analysis with chemical and biological techniques.
4. Advanced techniques for fresh and waste water treatment, using physical, chemical and micro-biological approaches.
5. Application of the above to emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceutical residues.

We aim to develop research capacity externally through national and international collaboration, and internally through close integration of research students and peer support in all Water Research Group activities.

The Water Research Group is co-ordinated by Dr Ania Escudero.

Key Projects

Engaging communities around Private Water Supplies [CREW] 
noPILLS, Pharmaceutical residues in the aquatic system, Interreg NWE, 2012-2015
PHARMAD, Removal of pharmaceutical micropollutants from waste water by anaerobic digestion and its effect on nitrogen recovery from digestate by microalgae, H2020-MSCA-IF-2014, 2015 – 2017.
Phos4You, PHOSphorus Recovery from waste water FOR YOUr Life, Interreg NWE, 2016-2020 
Private water supplies: Are they inhibiting growth and flexibility of the rural economy, or impacting population distribution? [CREW] 
WEMSI, Water Environment Micropollutant Science Initiative, British Council Newton Fund, 2015-2017. A GCU UFABC Collaborative to Explore

Group Members & Research Students

Rahma Alharbi
Julius Cesar Alejandre
Sarita Barthwal
Julia Cannon
Dr Ania Escudero 
Anuradha Goswami

Jamie Douglas Rupert Harrower
Dr Karin Helwig
Dr Colin Hunter
Professor JiaQian Jiang
Williams Joshua
Dr Anita Meldrum
Dr Moyra McNaughton
Onyinyechi Ohamobi
Prof Ole Pahl 
Kaitlin Ramsay
Lena-Dorothea Reichelt
Dr Joanne Roberts
Dr Xinhua Shu
Dr Janice Spencer
Dr Paul Teedon
Shaoquing Zhang


Sustainable Development Goals