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King’s Water Centre works to incubate, elevate, and empower the best science and innovation to tackle the world’s water problems. We are curiosity-driven, interdisciplinary, and solutions-focused. Based in the heart of London, King’s Water Centre brings together scholars and practitioners for a just and sustainable water future.

We're home to research expertise on water, environment and development. Our centre spans social and physical sciences to explore the challenges of water governance from global to local scales.

Publications

Policy briefs

Homelessness, Water Insecurity, and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Katie Meehan, Marianne Odetola, Alison Griswold. London: King's College London. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.18742/pub01-085

Interlinking the human rights to water and sanitation with struggles for food and better livelihoods

Naho Mirumachi, Alison Griswold, Lyla Mehta, Shiney Varghese, Claudia Ringler. London: King's College London. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.18742/pub01-086

Valuing water: a difficult but crucial step towards greater water justice

Ana Manero, Naho Mirumachi, Lucy Everitt, Andrea Mueller. London: King's College London. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.18742/pub01-087

Environmental intelligence for managing dams and their catchments

Mark Mulligan, Arnout Van Soesbergen, Lucy Everitt. London: King's College London. DOIs:  https://doi.org/10.18742/pub01-088

Papers

Investigating the quasi-liquid layer on ice surfaces: a comparison of order parameters, Carla Molteni, Jihong Shi, Maxwell Fulford, Hui Li, Mariam Marzook, Maryam Reisjalali and Matteo Salvalaglio 

Ice surfaces are characterized by pre-melted quasi-liquid layers (QLLs), which mediate both crystal growth processes and interactions with external agents. Understanding QLLs at the molecular level is necessary to unravel the mechanisms of ice crystal formation. Computational studies of the QLLs heavily rely on the accuracy of the methods employed for identifying the local molecular environment and arrangements, discriminating between solid-like and liquid-like water molecules.

This work by TYC and MMM Hub researchers and their colleagues, provides an assessment of the selected identification methods for multi-phase systems and highlights intriguing differences in the behaviour of the investigated ice surfaces.

Influences of Elevated Nutrients and Water Temperature from Wastewater Effluent on River Ecosystem Metabolism, Zhang, M. & Chadwick, M. A., In: Environmental Processes. 9, 3, 43, September 2022

Activities

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King’s Water Centre seminar series

The King’s Water Centre regularly hosts seminars and events to foster interdisciplinary dialogue on a range of topics, from new insights from primary research and debates on health, ecosystems, food, energy, climate aspects of water sustainability.

Tony Allan. Credit: OSCE/Micky Kroell
Tony Allan Memorial Lecture Series

This lecture series celebrates the intellectual legacy of our late emeritus colleague, Prof Tony Allan, and advances debates on topics of water, agriculture and political economy. Tony was devoted to understanding and communicating the challenges of water-food issues and passionately argued to step up action towards better water stewardship. Through annual lectures, we ask bold questions and provide thought-provoking, critical debate, just as he would have done.

Aerial River Meander
Changing political economies in large river basins

This webinar series examines the wider theme of valuing water from a political economy perspective and with respect to a selection of the world’s key river basins and regions.

Okavango river basin
Annual hydro-hegemony conference

Dr Naho Mirumachi co-organises the annual hydro-hegemony conference, which brings together water scholars from around the globe. In 2019, the conference was hosted in the Hague, in partnership with IHE-Delft.

Students on the Okavango field trip
Okavango field trip

We co-organise an annual field trip to the Okavango Delta, Botswana with the PLuS Alliance Global River Basins Connections research group, Arizona State University and UNSW. Students participate from each of these three universities, as well as the University of Botswana. They work with researchers from each of the PLuS universities, as well as with Elephants Without Borders. Students engage with field researchers and conduct multiple studies for biodiversity counts (terrestrial and aquatic). The course is interdisciplinary, with an additional focus on water governance, sustainable tourism and human-wildlife interactions. The course received Arizona State University’s Innovative Experience Award in 2019 and a student from King’s Geography, Heather Needham, was awarded King’s Experience Award in 2020 for her participation in the course.

Publications

Policy briefs

Homelessness, Water Insecurity, and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Katie Meehan, Marianne Odetola, Alison Griswold. London: King's College London. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.18742/pub01-085

Interlinking the human rights to water and sanitation with struggles for food and better livelihoods

Naho Mirumachi, Alison Griswold, Lyla Mehta, Shiney Varghese, Claudia Ringler. London: King's College London. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.18742/pub01-086

Valuing water: a difficult but crucial step towards greater water justice

Ana Manero, Naho Mirumachi, Lucy Everitt, Andrea Mueller. London: King's College London. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.18742/pub01-087

Environmental intelligence for managing dams and their catchments

Mark Mulligan, Arnout Van Soesbergen, Lucy Everitt. London: King's College London. DOIs:  https://doi.org/10.18742/pub01-088

Papers

Investigating the quasi-liquid layer on ice surfaces: a comparison of order parameters, Carla Molteni, Jihong Shi, Maxwell Fulford, Hui Li, Mariam Marzook, Maryam Reisjalali and Matteo Salvalaglio 

Ice surfaces are characterized by pre-melted quasi-liquid layers (QLLs), which mediate both crystal growth processes and interactions with external agents. Understanding QLLs at the molecular level is necessary to unravel the mechanisms of ice crystal formation. Computational studies of the QLLs heavily rely on the accuracy of the methods employed for identifying the local molecular environment and arrangements, discriminating between solid-like and liquid-like water molecules.

This work by TYC and MMM Hub researchers and their colleagues, provides an assessment of the selected identification methods for multi-phase systems and highlights intriguing differences in the behaviour of the investigated ice surfaces.

Influences of Elevated Nutrients and Water Temperature from Wastewater Effluent on River Ecosystem Metabolism, Zhang, M. & Chadwick, M. A., In: Environmental Processes. 9, 3, 43, September 2022

Activities

King's Water Centree Web Banner
King’s Water Centre seminar series

The King’s Water Centre regularly hosts seminars and events to foster interdisciplinary dialogue on a range of topics, from new insights from primary research and debates on health, ecosystems, food, energy, climate aspects of water sustainability.

Tony Allan. Credit: OSCE/Micky Kroell
Tony Allan Memorial Lecture Series

This lecture series celebrates the intellectual legacy of our late emeritus colleague, Prof Tony Allan, and advances debates on topics of water, agriculture and political economy. Tony was devoted to understanding and communicating the challenges of water-food issues and passionately argued to step up action towards better water stewardship. Through annual lectures, we ask bold questions and provide thought-provoking, critical debate, just as he would have done.

Aerial River Meander
Changing political economies in large river basins

This webinar series examines the wider theme of valuing water from a political economy perspective and with respect to a selection of the world’s key river basins and regions.

Okavango river basin
Annual hydro-hegemony conference

Dr Naho Mirumachi co-organises the annual hydro-hegemony conference, which brings together water scholars from around the globe. In 2019, the conference was hosted in the Hague, in partnership with IHE-Delft.

Students on the Okavango field trip
Okavango field trip

We co-organise an annual field trip to the Okavango Delta, Botswana with the PLuS Alliance Global River Basins Connections research group, Arizona State University and UNSW. Students participate from each of these three universities, as well as the University of Botswana. They work with researchers from each of the PLuS universities, as well as with Elephants Without Borders. Students engage with field researchers and conduct multiple studies for biodiversity counts (terrestrial and aquatic). The course is interdisciplinary, with an additional focus on water governance, sustainable tourism and human-wildlife interactions. The course received Arizona State University’s Innovative Experience Award in 2019 and a student from King’s Geography, Heather Needham, was awarded King’s Experience Award in 2020 for her participation in the course.

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