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Cranfield Water Science Institute (CWSI)
Cranfield Water Science Institute (CWSI) has an international reputation for its transformational research and teaching in the science, engineering and management of water in the municipal, industrial and natural environments. We have been working in water for over 40 years. Our academic and research staff, including scientists, engineers, technologists, policy specialists and social scientists are engaged in delivering postgraduate teaching, research, consultancy and training in an international arena.
We run MSc programmes, supporting a large cohort of PhD research students, and we work closely with a range of clients across industry and government helping them to address their water challenges and move their businesses towards a more sustainable green economy.
Water for people, food, environment and industry
Without appropriate management, whether for municipal supply, agriculture, industry, community development or maintenance of a sustainable environment, we risk over-exploitation and contamination of our planet’s most precious resource. Our core research activities are therefore focussed around seven main areas:
- Sewage works of the future
- Maintaining the flow
- Water and sanitation in low-income countries
- Water for food in a changing world
- Membrane processes
- Catchment management
- Governance and asset management.
Our ethos is to provide an environment which is intellectually challenging, where research excellence is encouraged and where students, staff and ideas flourish.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about the courses we offer, the opportunities for collaborative research or the technical services we can provide to help develop and support your business.
We look forward to welcoming you into our water science community.
Working with us involves developing partnerships and international networks. We pride ourselves in offering technically robust, innovative solutions and fostering long-term collaboration. So whether you work in government, industry or the non-governmental sector, in the UK or internationally, we can provide a range of water services to support your business.
Our research is applied and industry focused, solving real problems for a diverse range of organisations. Our funding comes from the Research Councils, government, charities, the European Commission, and industry - notably the water utilities.
Our consultancy activities are centred on problem solving – linking business needs to our expertise. We undertake short-term feasibility studies and develop strategic partnerships with clients so that they can access our expert knowledge and specialist advice. We also help companies to add value to their businesses, by leveraging funding from government departments and regional development agencies to develop or test new products and gain competitive advantage.
We also offer both tailor-made training for clients and short courses shaped around our postgraduate modules about the latest technical developments and management strategies. Our emphasis is on practical learning - delegates participate in group exercises, demonstrations, and practical sessions using our facilities and equipment. Many of our courses also have CPD accreditation with professional bodies.
Long-term research framework agreements with Yorkshire Water, Severn Trent Water and Anglian Water evidence the breadth and depth of our research expertise. These partnerships also allow us to collaborate with other utility partners (e.g. engineering consultancies) to deliver knowledge application and solution implementation.
- Mr Eric Audsley - Casual Worker (Impressions, Macsur & Catmilk)
- Mr Olivier Autin - Research Fellow in Membrane Science
- Professor Elise Cartmell - Director of Environmental Technology
- Dr Frederic Coulon - Senior Lecturer in Environmental Technology
- Dr Peter Cruddas - Research Fellow, Energy Processes
- Dr Alireza Daneshkhah - Research Fellow in Applied Statistics
- Dr Gabriela Dotro - Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Engineering
- Dr Richard Franceys - Senior Lecturer
- Dr Aine Gormley - Research Fellow in Water Management
- Dr Emma Goslan - Lecturer in Water Chemistry
- Dr Robert Grabowski - Lecturer in Catchment Science
- Dr Tim Hess - Reader
- Professor Ian Holman - Professor of Integrated Land and Water Management
- Dr Victoria Janes - Research Fellow
- Dr Peter Jarvis - Senior Lecturer
- Professor Bruce Jefferson - Professor of Water Engineering
- Professor Paul Jeffrey - Professor of Water Management
- Professor Simon Judd - Professor of Membrane Technology
- Dr Jerry Knox - Reader Agricultural Water Management
- Dr Kristell Le Corre - Research Fellow in Water Reuse
- Dr Jitka MacAdam Sproat - Research Fellow in Chemical Processes
- Dr Ben Martin - Research Fellow
- Dr Ewan McAdam - Lecturer in Process Engineering
- Dr Andreas Nocker - Einsiedler - Lecturer in Drinking Water Microbiology
- Dr Alison Parker - Lecturer
- Dr Marc Pidou - Academic Fellow in Resource Recovery
- Dr Renji Remesan - Research Fellow
- Miss Dolores Rey Vicario - Research Fellow in Agricultural and Environmental Drought Impacts
- Dr Heather Smith - Academic Fellow
- Dr Ana Soares - Lecturer in Biological Processes
- Dr Sean Tyrrel - Director of Education for SEEA
- Professor Keith Weatherhead - Professor of Water Resources & Climate Adaptation
Our research, consultancy and training activities are underpinned by world class facilities including:
- On-site sewage treatment works, with its own dedicated pilot-plant hall
- State-of-the-art clean water, fermentation, microbiology, wastewater and water chemistry laboratories that have extensive analytical services
- Greywater treatment facility, where treatment technologies can be installed and tested
- A managed borehole drilling site
- Soil and irrigation testing facilities.
Recent investment has added an unparalleled environmental analytical facility for micro-pollutants and emerging contaminants in soil, waste, water and wastewater media.
Commercially relevant, our postgraduate courses are directed through an Industry Advisory Panel that ensures the content is relevant to employer requirements. Our students compete for prestigious globally recognised awards including the British Water Prize, the Lorch Foundation Prize, the Degremont Prize and the Institution of Chemical Engineers' Prize.
Our water science and engineering courses are listed below. You can also view our related courses in Environmental Technology.
CLIMSAVE: Climate Change Integrated Assessment Methodology for Cross-Sectoral Adaptation and Vulnerability in Europe
CLIMSAVE is developing a user-friendly interactive web-based platform which allows users to assess climate change impacts and vulnerabilities for agriculture, forests, biodiversity and water resourcesMore
International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF)
Achieving a step-change improvement in cross-sectoral infrastructure planning and investment, integrating social and engineering sciences informing Government policy and industrial practice.More
Cranfield University is proud to be the coordinating partner of the STREAM Industrial Doctoral Centre (www.stream-idc.net) which provides EngD and PhD opportunities for students wishing to pursue a career in the water sector.
Removal of micropollutants and nutrients from wastewater
Sponsored by Anglian Water this studentship will provide a bursary of £16,000 (tax free) plus fees* for one year.More
Jensen PD, Yap SD, Boyle-Gotla A, Janoschka J, Carney C, Pidou M & Batstone DJ (2015) Anaerobic membrane bioreactors enable high rate treatment of slaughterhouse wastewater, Biochemical Engineering Journal, 97 132-141.
Smith HM, Rutter P & Jeffrey P (2015) Public perceptions of recycled water: a survey of visitors to the London 2012 Olympic Park, Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, 5 (2) 189-195.
Bajón Fernández Y, Cartmell E, Soares A, McAdam E, Vale P, Darche-Dugar C & Jefferson B (2015) Gas to liquid mass transfer in rheologically complex fluids, Chemical Engineering Journal, 273 656-667.
Rose C, Parker A, Jefferson B & Cartmell E (2015) The characterization of feces and urine: a review of the literature to inform advanced treatment technology, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 45 (17) 1827-1879.
Shamim MA, Remesan R, Bray M & Han D (2015) An improved technique for global solar radiation estimation using numerical weather prediction, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 129 13-22.
Whelan MJ, Coulon F, Hince G, Rayner J, McWatters R, Spedding T & Snape I (2015) Fate and transport of petroleum hydrocarbons in engineered biopiles in polar regions, Chemosphere, 131 232-240.
Henriques C, Garnett K, Weatherhead EK, Lickorish FA, Forrow D & Delgado J (2015) The future water environment – Using scenarios to explore the significant water management challenges in England and Wales to 2050., Science of the Total Environment, 512-513 381-396.
Whelan A, Kechavarzi C, Coulon F & Doerr SH (2015) Experimental characterization of the impact of temperature and humidity on the breakdown of soil water repellency in sandy soils and composts, Hydrological Processes, 29 (8) 2065-2073.
Carra I, Sánchez Pérez JA, Malato S, Autin O, Jefferson B & Jarvis P (2015) Application of high intensity UVC-LED for the removal of acetamiprid with the photo-Fenton process, Chemical Engineering Journal, 264 690-696.
Chiverton A, Hannaford J, Holman I, Corstanje R, Prudhomme C, Bloomfield J & Hess TM (2015) Which catchment characteristics control the temporal dependence structure of daily river flows?, Hydrological Processes, 29 (6) 1353-1369.
Developing An Intelligent Overhead Irrigation System For High Quality Horticultural Field Crops
This project aims to reduce water and energy consumption and improve the post harvest quality of high value horticultural crops. Making maximum use of soil moisture and rainfall.More
6th International Symposium on Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control
13 September - 18 September 2015
Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre, North Street, York, YO1 6JF, UK
The WETPOL 2015 conference addresses the latest advances in the field of wetland nutrient and pollution transformations, ecosystem valuation and pollution control in natural and constructed wetlands.More
Annual Lorch Lecture - Birthing the Non-Sewered Sanitation Industry
07 October 2015
Cranfield University invites you to the Annual Lorch Lecture, this years' topic is 'Birthing the Non-Sewered Sanitation Industry' speaker Dr Doulaye Koné.More