Our Research

Our Research

We are a research-led Centre within the University operating at an International Level to:

  • Develop environmental technologies that will provide innovative technical solutions for the control of existing and emerging  environmental pollutants and for improved bioenergy production; and
  • Develop and apply appropriate tools and techniques within an integrated framework to enable the assessment, visualisation and communication of the sustainability of the technologies to address institutional and societal barriers to their uptake.

We have a unique focus on the interface between scientific and technological research and on addressing the challenges of the development of resilient and sustainable communities. The Centre builds upon existing internationally leading research:

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Wastewater and waste treatment
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS)
  • Biogas science and technology
  • Sustainability assessment, modelling and visualisation

We also foster research/teaching links, particularly through our expanding cross School postgraduate activities.

Research Examples

  • A review of investment decisions at small drinking water supply systems with declining water quality issues. Funded by Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  • Design and build guidance for Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) related Rural Sustainable Drainage systems (RSuDS). Funded by Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  • An independent evaluation of "Integrated Water Resource Management - Southern Malawi“. Funded by Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  • SUDS tree pit - Water Quality, Quantity and Tree Health Monitoring in collaboration with Dundee City Council. Funded by Green Blue URBAN.
  • E2STORMED - Improvement in energy efficiency in the water cycle by the use of innovative storm water management in smart Mediterranean countries. Funded by the EU MED Programme.
  • Scottish Water Sector Overview Map. Funded by Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  • Innovative solutions for sustainable drinking water treatment at small to medium scales. Funded by Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  • Glasgow City Council Surface Water Management Plan in collaboration with MWH Global. Identify opportunities for SUDS to reduce flood risk, increase habitat and water quality improvement. Funded by Glasgow City Council.
  • Practical measures for reducing pollutant load from septic tanks. Funded by Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  • Sustainable Water Improves Cities Health (SWITCH) Programme. Managing Water for the City of the Future. Funded by EU FP6.