The Water Institute (WI) is a cross-faculty initiative of research and education on water. It aims to work with all stakeholders – a quadruple helix of academia, industry, agency and society in its research and development work. Through research and capacity building, the WI develops solutions to national and global problems in water. We specialize in technology developments across science, engineering and computer science domains with strong communications focus and policy and business drivers. These areas are reflected in our academic members in DCU – across all faculties of the University.
DCU Water Institute aims to address national, international and global water resource problems through excellence in research, education and innovation in water science, technology, management and governance. Our vision is to provide informed leadership decisions and sustainable action, using advanced technology and data anayltics in a multidisciplinary dynamic research environment. We will achieve this vision through collaboration between WI members, government, industry, partner academics and agencies. identify opportunities for knowledge transfer.
The drive for the DCU WI reflects population increase and economic growth the globe has seen over the past number of years, and our changing water needs.
The Water Institute has three main goals:
- Safe, secure drinking water;
- Healthy aquatic ecosystems; and
- Reliable, energy efficient, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy.
We aim to improve and advance basic knowledge of physical, chemical, biological and engineering processes in aquatic systems; to enhance the understanding of human interactions and attitudes with water; to develop and promote improved methodologies for water management and; to inform policy based on a foundation of science, engineering and computing technologies. These goals will be met through knowledge and research partnerships, and will be underpinned by technology advances and policy.
The Water Institute is found on the Glasnevin Campus of DCU, beside the Stokes building.