Research into practice
The majority of our research is commissioned by clients who need to find solutions to specific water-related issues. This can cover providing innovative engineering solutions to developing models, guidance and manuals for public policy makers.
This commissioned research is carried out alongside specialist consultancy projects. We also lead and coordinate national and international consortia, and carry out interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects on nationally and internationally funded programmes. The continuous exchange between practitioners and researchers helps us to focus our self-funded research agenda where there is a real need.
A core business objective is to help the wider industry take-up and exploit new knowledge. We do this by taking knowledge developed in the academic sector and helping transfer it in to tools and technology that can be used in practice.
Research outcomes are published through peer-reviewed scientific journals, conferences, training courses, academic theses and books. We make papers and reports available via our ePrints repository. Summaries of our internal research projects are also published on our website.
We are an Open University Affiliated Research Centre (ARC) and we have strong links with universities and research centres in the UK and beyond. We facilitate closer collaboration between academic research groups through our openly available software platform, FluidEarth.
We are also committed to working in partnership with others on the implementation of new methods and techniques. As a non-profit-distributing organisation, our profits are used to fund our own research programme and a range of activities that help make outputs from this programme available to the broader industry.
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Research strategy 2015-2020 (pdf.)