Water is a core component of sustainable development that inherently links livelihoods, ecosystems, populations, and infrastructure. UNU water-related research addresses the needs of low- and middle-income countries, with a particular focus on policy guidance, natural resources planning, and new technology.

For example, our research on water, sanitation, and hygiene, and on wastewater management and reuse, bridges science, policy, and practice to pair innovative technologies with communities in need.

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Value of Water in the Era of the SDGs

Analysing different roles and values of water, and how these values can be synthesized to achieve SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).


Conversation Series

"My Water, Our Water”, a Conversation with Mr Robin Lewis and Prof. Taikan Oki

An online event discussing trends in global water issues and initiatives to help overcome water-related challenges.



Wetlands and Water

UNU-IAS will co-organise a webinar to observe World Wetlands Day 2021.


Press Release

Ageing Dams Pose Growing Threat

By 2050, most people on Earth will live downstream of tens of thousands of large dams already operating at or beyond their design life.

22 Jan 2021


Integrated Assessment of Water Resources and Aquatic Ecosystem

The next joint Nexus Seminar Series will feature Prof. Daniel Karthe, Head of UNU-FLORES Nexus Research Programme.


Press Release

Canada Renews Support for UN University Institute in Hamilton Addressing World Water Issues

Canada today announced a CDN$10 million extension of core funding through 2025 for UNU-INWEH.

28 Aug 2020


Addressing Wicked Resource Management Problems

This project aims at identifying ways to better handle wicked resource management problems, both from a management and from a governance perspective.

01 Jan 2018


Water for Sustainable Development

The project will investigate the role of water in Asia and demonstrate how the achievement of SDG6 will contribute to the region's development.

22 May 2018


Digitally-enabled Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Water Resources Management (DIGIRES)

This project aims to mobilise ICT to promote managed aquifer recharge as a greener, nature-based alternative to traditional water infrastructure.

25 Aug 2020


Organisational Decision-Making in Water Reuse for Smart Cities (SMART-WaterDomain)

This project aims to provide a systematic framework to facilitate the uptake of wastewater reuse in the industrial/ agricultural sector.

12 May 2022


Emergency preparedness planning for water supply and sanitation in health care facilities - organisational and technical solution strategies to increase resilience (NOWATER)

This project aims to deepen understanding of the factors that promote or hinder the continued operation of health and care facilities during crises.

18 May 2020