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IWC Research Projects

Project ongoing since: 2005 • IWC (International Water Centre)


The International WaterCentre leads whole-of-water cycle, transdisciplinary and collaborative research activities, which address current and emerging water issues to influence water management and policy, education and leadership.


The International WaterCentre leads whole-of-water cycle, transdisciplinary and collaborative research activities, which address current and emerging water issues to influence water management and policy, education and leadership. Their research is designed to be empirical, problem based and to generate useful new knowledge.

Research themes include:
- Water, sanitation and hygiene
- Integrated water management
- Healthy river basins
- Sustainable urban communities


Image: Community Water and Sanitation in the Pacific - IWC project © IWC

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Australian government Capacity development Constructed wetlands Decentralised wastewater treatment (e.g. DEWATS) East Asia & Pacific Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Faecal sludge treatment processes Global Operation, maintenance and sustainable services Other funding source or unspecified Political processes and institutional aspects Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement Technology comparisons Treatment of faecal sludge Treatment of wastewater or greywater University, education or research institution


International WaterCentre

The International WaterCentre (IWC) provides the most advanced education, training, applied research and knowledge services to develop capacity and promote whole-of-water-cycle approaches to integrated water management around the world. IWC's vision 'Water leadership for the future' is built on a strong foundation of world class capability of four leading Australian universities. A joint venture of The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Monash University and The University of Western Australia, IWC is helping change the way people think about, act and solve complex water management challenges. Because of its linkages with national and international networks and partners, IWC provides a breadth of expertise and experience rarely found in a single organisation. Whilst Australian based, IWC is conducting projects worldwide including Australia, Asia-Pacific and Africa.

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