International Water and Sustainability Research Themes

The Center for International Water and Sustainability (CIWAS) is capitalizing on DRI’s expertise in environmental sciences to conduct interdisciplinary research and provide both international and technical capacity to universities, governmental and nongovernmental organizations working to identify and solve problems related to human health and management of environmental resources. Significant gaps in knowledge and research gaps related to global WASH persist and continue to impede developing countries efforts to develop.  Addressing these gaps requires researchers from a variety of disciplines.  CIWAS’s research goes well beyond water and includes:

  • Climate change
  • Desertification (especially in West Africa)
  • WASH programming
  • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
  • Water quality, water quality monitoring and water treatment
  • Environmental health