Launch of Future Waters Research Excellence Cluster

April 1, 2020

We are pleased to announce the launch of the UBC Future Waters Research Excellence Cluster.

The Future Waters research cluster is a collaborative research effort across five faculties (Applied Science, Science, Forestry, Medicine, and Arts) and nine departments supported by the Grants for Catalyzing Research Excellence program at UBC Vancouver. The Research Excellence program is a joint initiative by the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and the Vice-President, Research and Innovation to support interdisciplinary networks of researchers focused on solving key challenges facing society that transcend the traditional boundaries associated with departments, institutions, and funding agencies.

Ensuring equitable, safe, and resilient water systems for societies and ecosystems is a priority challenge globally—requiring research across disciplines (e.g., engineering, ecology, health, policy, law, art). UBC has some of the world’s leading scholars on water-related research. Water connects all living things, reflects memory and culture, is crucial to community sustainability, and expresses the fundamental need of human and natural systems to thrive under global change.

The Future Waters research cluster aims to examines the future states of water system design, management, policy, and governance. Our interdisciplinary research intersects law, policy and governance, and the applied and biophysical sciences. Initially our cluster will examine transformations in: Resilience, Innovation, Intersectoral Relationships and Engagements, and Inclusivity.

Are you working on water related research activities?

Our current research team is a small subset of the 100+ scholars at UBC working with water as a theme in their research. We aspire to include a broad range of scholars on campus with water-related expertise, perspectives, and interests. We further hope that the cluster will provide opportunities for collaboration and communication on water related research, strengthen UBC’s interdisciplinary research efforts, develop new training opportunities, and consolidate UBC’s international water research profile.

We welcome all researchers at both of UBC’s campuses to the cluster. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are all welcome. Please join us and become active in our planned researcher networking events, attend workshops and seminars on interdisciplinary research topics, and or just create a profile on our website.

Just fill out the form on and we will be in touch.

On behalf of the Future Waters research cluster we look forward to working with you on this exciting step in interdisciplinary water research at UBC.

Steve Conrad

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First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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