Research Themes

The goal of the USPCAS-W Research Program is to stimulate competitive and innovative applied research that is multi-disciplinary in nature and developed within the broader context of the water-development nexus to support the achievement of sustainable development goal on water. To this end, key features of the applied research agenda include:

  1. Overcoming water scarcity
  2. Developing and maintaining water infrastructure
  3. Improving water quality
  4. Improving water use efficiency and agricultural productivity
  5. Enhancing access to drinking water and sanitation
  6. Bridging disparities in access and coverage
  7. Reversing groundwater depletion
  8. Reclaiming degraded lands
  9. Strengthening water governance
  10. Improving performance of water utilities
  11. Protecting water ecosystems