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Applied research

The IWC 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. Our research is empirical, problem based and generates useful new knowledge.

Our approach

Recognising the interconnectedness of issues affecting water, we adopt a transdisciplinary approach to research.

We support our programs with:

  1. expert services in project management
  2. long-term planning
  3. capacity building
  4. communication of outcomes.

By applying a transdisciplinary approach to investigative activities, we ensure our work generates:

  • publications
  • research grants
  • postgraduate research training

Because our research is context specific, it can directly influence water policy and management.

Capacity development through research

IWC develops the capacity of the water sector and practitioners at all levels - institutional, inter and intra-organisational, community and individual - to enhance understanding of integrated water management across the professional spectrum.

Our strength is in collaboration

We collaborate with our university members and other respected research partners, bringing together the biophysical sciences with various social and economic disciplines for sustainable water management outcomes.

Integrated water management

Our approach:

  • acknowledges the environmental, ecological and human processes that water undergoes from catchment to coast
  • clarifies and manages the multiple values of water
  • considers the impacts of decisions systemically across environment, politics, law, science, culture, engineering, economics, health and society.

What makes us unique

Our integrated approach to water research, education and management makes us unique. The three areas of IWC business - education and training and applied research - are intricately linked and draw from each other to develop and promote best practices in integrated water management.






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