Our strategic plan

VisionUNSW Global Water Institute Beach

To be a world leading centre for research, capacity building and sharing of water knowledge, technologies and expertise, informing and connecting research to smart water policy and management, and facilitating sustainable outcomes from water use.


To achieve positive global impacts for all water users and communities dependent on water services.


  1.  To help solve global water problems and shape future innovation for the water sector through world-class, multi-disciplinary research and its application
  2. To provide excellence in water education, capacity building and sharing of water knowledge, technologies and expertise
  3. To be seen as a collaborator of choice with government, industry, NGOs, communities and other research organisations in achieving an enduring global impact
  4. To improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised communities, including Indigenous peoples, through exchanging water knowledge and promoting equality, diversity, open debate and economic progress
  5. To connect research to water policy development and on-ground management
  6. To respond to major public issues, industry requirements and community needs
  7. To educate, mentor and give voice to young and early career water professionals
  8. To be a constant source of new ideas, innovations and technologies and to stimulate positive change through thought leadership
  9. To marshal all the water-related research and education capabilities across UNSW into a coherent offering to the local, national and global water market



  1. Develop integrative, multi-disciplinary research: Brokering and facilitating new research grants, especially large multi-disciplinary ‘Flagship Projects’ that integrate new knowledge, methods and technologies, and which generate high-impact publications for researchers, and high-quality policy, management and technology outcomes for research partners and funders.
  2. Apply new technologies:
 Partnering with government and private sector organisations to trial and apply innovative water technologies, wherever possible working in developing and emerging countries in the Asia-Pacific region to deliver significant public good and local commercial outcomes.
  3. Encourage professional education and developmentSupporting the development of new water industry leaders and of water management and technical capabilities in individuals, organisations and institutions: through, for example, professional award and non-award courses; workshops; fellowships; study visits; staff and student exchanges; and mentoring.
  4. Expand industry and public outreach: Facilitating discussions and knowledge exchange cross-campus and with the national and international water industry; understanding and being responsive to market needs; promoting the outcomes and benefits of UNSW research and solutions; and offering considered ‘thought leadership’ on water-related issues of significant public interest and in support of a water ‘science - policy’ learning agenda.