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About the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste

The Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) is an exciting new venture at the University of Exeter. CREWW has been established to undertake 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 and resilient in the face of climate change and population growth.

CREWW research focuses on pressing issues facing the water and waste sectors, including:

  • How to protect drinking water supplies from pollution
  • The safe treatment and disposal of waste water (including issues such as micro-plastics and anti-microbial resistance)
  • Ensuring we have enough water to cope with a growing population and climate change
  • Protecting the water supply network
  • Predicting and preventing pollution from the waste water network
  • Understanding how catchments respond to flooding and drought, to improve future resilience.

CREWW research is undertaken by academics from disciplines including Geography, Biosciences, Engineering, Economics and Psychology, who work with partners in industry, government and NGOs, to develop a shared understanding of the issue.

Professor Richard Brazier, the University of Exeter CREWW Co-Director explains here why the centre is unique, its aims and aspirations. 

CREWW was established thanks to a grant from Research England and investment by South West Water.