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Developing net-positive sustainable and resilient water management solutions

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More than ever before, communities expect water supply systems to perform efficiently and be resilient to drought and disruptions. They also expect to enjoy urban landscapes with green open spaces that help to keep the concrete jungle cool.

For many working in the urban water sector, meeting this challenge has involved finding the right balance between:

  • ensuring water security in times of drought, while ensuring equitable and affordable access
  • supply side and demand side options
  • new sources, water efficiency and water recycling
  • building new capital works and managing existing assets
  • engaging customers and the community in parallel with the technical and economic analysis
  • providing community benefits, while ensuring economically efficient investments for shareholders

ISF provides assistance and guidance in understanding the opportunities, risks and potential business models to successfully meet these challenges. We adopt a systems approach to our work that incorporates considerations of the water-energy-waste nexus.

ISF is recognised for research that supports clever, cost-effective, resource efficient and resilient water and sanitation systems, and we look forward to working with you to achieve it.

Our areas of expertise

We have expertise in the following areas:

International Water 

The adaptability of our water cycle management expertise has seen our models applied successfully in a number of developed and developing countries with vastly different needs and resources. In Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) we provide evidence to support better WASH policy, advocacy and practice in developing countries.

Our team

Pierre Mukheibir

A/Prof. Pierre Mukheibir 
options analysis for water supply and demand planning

Cynthia Mitchell

Prof. Cynthia Mitchell 
future-oriented city and water planning, policy and assessment

Andrea Turner

Andrea Turner 
demand forecasts and efficiency options for cities and regions

Stuart White

Professor Stuart White
urban water policy and integrated resource planning

Damien Giurco

Professor Damien Giurco
strategies for responsible prosperity: minerals, waste and water

Jo Chong

Joanne Chong
applying economic analysis to sustainability and policy issues

John McKibbin

Dr John McKibbin
using analytical modeling to inform urban sustainability decisions

Janina Murta

Janina Murta
integrated water management, governance and sustainability issues

Melita Grant

Melita Grant
conservation behaviours and technologies, governance, policy analysis

Topics for postgraduate students

The Institute offers an award-winning postgraduate program for Masters and Doctoral research students. Our supervisors support students who are exploring the following questions and topics.

Big picture questions

- How will new technologies, behaviours and climate change come together to shape our urban water future? What will drive change - how are we placed to respond?
- What role will decentralised systems plan in our urban water future? Where does recycled and waste water fit?

Possible PhD topics

- Adaptation of integrated resources planning (IRP) approaches in developing countries
- Asset management for distributed water and wastewater systems
- Best practice environmental and ecological economic methods in the assessment of sustainable urban water systems
- Monitoring and evaluation in the water and sanitation sector
- Urban water security for Australia: a new approach using smart technology
- Water and sanitation infrastructure: innovative planning for the Asia Pacific
- Water futures: emerging water-related issues in the Asia-Pacific

Let's collaborate

Whether you have a problem that needs support or an idea for change, our innovative and solutions-focussed approach can help you achieve it.

Contact Pierre.Mukheirbir@uts.edu.au (+ 61 2 9514 4962) for more information.