Water research at the University of Glasgow

Water Governance and Economics

Water governance and economics research in the College of Social Science covers:

  • water management in rural and urban development
  • risk and resilience
  • science and technology studies
  • political studies of regulated utilities
  • financial modelling of natural resources
  • community governance and development studies
  • the law of the sea and water resources
  • corporate security
  • marketing in the water industry

While having established expertise in water research in Scottish and UK settings, we are developing an international profile, especially in the areas of law, financial modelling and development studies. Responding to the United Nations General Assembly’s recognition of water and sanitation as a human right(resolution 64/292), we assess water across multiple dimensions as a commodity, as the subject of technical, economic and social innovation and as a human right.

Our mission is to undertake work within Governance and Economics and to contribute to the other water research themes where appropriate, to concentrate on the related areas of:

  • The forming and stabilizing of water as a resource, and of resources associated with water, through various means including regulation, economic and financial modelling, international law, and community governance.
  • The valuing of water, of the services and benefits it provides, and of the investments required in establishing such benefits, including where these involve established markets, the development of new markets (for instance in financial derivatives, supply networks, or internationalizing services and expertise), and social means of valuation (for instance, in public-to-public partnerships, non-for-profit enterprises and communitarian forms of organization).
  • The estimation, modelling and contending with water futures over longer periods of 20 to 30 years, in considering the demand and supply of water in different locations, the introduction of technologies in water and sewerage management, and in the design and application of different governance models, considered as combinations of economic, social, communitarian and regulatory approaches.
  • The opportunities that the public service model adopted in Scotland creates for integrated and co-ordinated planning of water and sewerage services with other economic, environmental and public policy measures, for instance in the development of Scotland’s Hydro National strategy within Scotland and its projection internationally.

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