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Investigating the Nexus between Water, Health and Urban Resilience

Project Overview

We investigate the connection between water, health and resilience. Our focus is on changing urban environments in Brazil and the UK. We want to improve urban resilience in flood-prone areas. To do so, we need to develop adaptive capacities and socio-hydrological approaches that can investigate the interplay between hydrological and human related dynamics, as well as implications to health and wellbeing.

Goals and Objectives

The project aims to investigate the links between water, health and resilience in Brazil and the UK.

Our main goal is to investigate interdisciplinary methods and innovative approaches for collecting, curating and presenting distinct types of data to improve health, sanitation and resilience of disaster affected communities. We have a particular focus on flooding.

The project explores three themes:

  1. New methods for collection, curation and visualisation of water and health related data to promote urban resilience in British and Brazilian cities
  2. Content and applicability of socio-hydrological methods to enhance urban health in British and Brazilian cities
  3. Citizen engagement and participatory governance to promote water and health security in British and Brazilian metropolitan areas

The project goals will be accomplished by a series of exchange visits, research stays from early-career researchers, joint events and supporting scoping research, with the ultimate goal of establishing a long-term collaboration.

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

The expected long-term impact of this project is a contribution towards the SDG 11 targets of:

  • reducing the number of deaths and people affected by water-related disasters and reducing direct economic losses caused (SDG 11.5)
  • increasing the number of cities and human settlements adopting integrated policies and plans towards resilience to disasters and holistic disaster risk management (SDG 11.B).

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