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Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste

Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste

CREWW conducts research into some of the most pressing environmental challenges in our time - namely how we can manage our precious natural resources in ways which are sustainable, innovative and resilient.

The Centre for Resilience Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) was created and funded in partnership between the University of Exeter, South West Water and Research England.

CREWW will lead pivotal interdisciplinary research, bringing together our best minds from across multiple disciplines with industry experts at South West Water, to discover solutions that will make a difference to peoples’ lives and protect the future of water systems in the South West, the UK and on a global scale. in the face of climate change and population growth.


Hear more about CREWW's research strategy from our Co-Director, Professor Richard Brazier.

Our researchers and technical services team work collaboratively with partners in industry, government and NGOs to develop solutions to some of the most pressing challenges faced by the water sector.

CREWW Building

The new building is the first purpose-built, transdisciplinary research centre in the water sector, focussed on the most pressing challenges that impact upon the provision of safe and resilient water and waste services in the UK and overseas.

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Our Research

Underpinning the more applied, sector-focused research is a portfolio of pure research projects which deepen our understanding of the interactions between the hydrological cycle and soils, geomorphology, ecology, climate and land use.

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Our Partners

The Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) was formalised by a Joint Venture Agreement signed between the University of Exeter and South West Water on the 15th November 2021. 

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The transdisciplinary research centre at Exeter provides a great opportunity to help answer some of the big questions facing the water sector. The centre will be a focal point, not only for trialling new solutions but also for bringing together regulators, utilities, the supply chain and academia.

Steve Kaye, Chief Executive of UKWIR