This short course will focus on the growing recognition that, as a result of rapid urbanisation, many of the key global challenges in water management will be faced by cities. Read more Read less

The UN recently predicted that nearly all of the global population growth from 2016 to 2030 will be absorbed by cities, creating about 1.1 billion new urbanites. This creates significant challenges for urban areas in terms of how to supply a growing population (in planned and/or unplanned settlements), how to manage ageing infrastructure, how to recover resources from wastewater, and how to interact with the natural environment. This short course will examine these challenges and provide students with the skills to identify, contextualise and evaluate different urban water management technologies and approaches.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,400

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you should be able to:

  • Explain key global challenges for urban water management and their implications (including climate change, population growth, and infrastructure provision),
  • Describe the socio-political context for urban water management in cities (UK, EU, global),
  • Identify and evaluate emerging technologies and approaches in urban water management.

Core content

  • Global challenges for urban water management,
  • Legal and policy framework for urban water management,
  • Complex systems,
  • The future of urban water services, including innovative treatment and sanitation technologies and alternative water sources,
  • Managing urban water networks and infrastructure, including integrated urban drainage and SUDS,
  • Introduction to water sensitive urban design,
  • Involving citizens in urban water management


Dr Heather Smith

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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