Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Our water programme addresses the risks of water insecurity at river basin to global scales. We research water scarcity, floods and their impacts on ecosystems, society and the economy. Our work spans analysis of the climatic drivers of water-related risks, impacts and adaptation responses, and the governance of water systems.


Global Water Risks

We are analysing the risks of floods and droughts at a global scale, in the context of a changing climate and growing demand for water.

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Water Resources Systems

We are exploring frameworks for the sustainable management of global water resources

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Flood Risk Management

We are analysing the risks of flooding and analysing options for adapting society to flood risk in the future.

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Water news

10/06/22 10 June 2022 -
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Serious flaws in the estimations of global water needs are putting agriculture and communities around the world at risk Serious flaws in the estimations of global water needs are putting agriculture and communities around the world at risk, according to recent research from an international team of researchers, including some from the University of Oxford.
14/10/20 14 October 2020 -
Men at work on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam - Jacey Fortin, CC BY-SA 4.0
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Filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, currently under construction, has strained relations between Nile countries. New research, published in Nature Communications by a team including ECI's Kevin Wheeler, finds near-term concerns about the impact of dam on water availability for Egypt and Sudan are unlikely to materialise, but drought preparedness is essential and will require careful coordination. [Also covered by the Telegraph and Washington Post]
05/08/20 05 August 2020 -
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New report puts England's Economic Heartland in pole position for transport decarbonisation by 2050 A new study by the University of Oxford and University of Southampton provides an evidence base for the England's Economic Heartland (EEH) Draft Transport Strategy. It maps the EEH road and rail transport network and uses advanced modelling to demonstrate a variety of 'pathways' EEH could take to achieve a net zero carbon transport system by 2050.
30/07/20 30 July 2020 -
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Financial Times: Rise in coastal flooding poses threat to global economy Jim Hall comments on a new study that finds coastal flooding is set to rise by about 50 per cent over the next 80 years and could threaten assets worth 20 per cent of global GDP. He cautions that the thorny questions of what standard coastal communities will need to be protected in future, and whether that is affordable, are not yet addressed.

Report shows water insecurity is a 'drag' on local economy.

- Final report of the GWP/OECD Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth 2015 -

‘Securing Water, Sustaining Growth’

A new report shows floods, droughts and a lack of investment in providing good quality, reliable water supplies is dragging down the global economy.

Steps towards global flood risk modelling

Editorial by Professor Jim Hall on the introduction of flood risk analysis into the global mainstream.

  • August 2014

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Water Programme staff

Professor Jim HallProfessor Jim HallLeader, Water Research Programme
Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks
Dr Anna MurgatroydDr Anna MurgatroydPostdoctoral Research Associate in Water Security
 Frederick Thomas Frederick ThomasSenior Research Software Engineer
Dr Kevin WheelerDr Kevin WheelerSenior Researcher

Doctoral research

Amelia Paszkowski

The Ganges-Brahmaputra river delta: a study into the adaptability of the delta system to flood risk in a changing climate

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Vance Z H Tan

Strategic assessment of long-term plans for adaptation to flood risk at a national scale

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Oxford University Water Network
MARIUS project
Enhance project
iCoast project
CREDIBLE consortium