Social science

Water cannot be properly understood or managed outside of ‘human’ contexts.

Global Water Institute Research - UK Burton - Nick Schofield

Environmental humanities:

Environmental humanities is an emerging area of interdisciplinary research that reframes contemporary environmental challenges using approaches from philosophy, literature, language, history, anthropology, cultural studies and the arts. Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Social histories of rivers and water
  • Social aspects of urban and rural water use
  • Social aspects of novel water technologies
  • Resource use and conflict
  • Water and international development
  • Social aspects of climate change

The Human Dimensions of Water Research Group (HDWRG)  is an internationally recognised research group in the field of human-environment relations, with particular expertise in research on the relationship between water, resources, infrastructure and social, economic and political practice.