Who We Are
King's Water is an inter-departmental group of King's staff and PhD students as well as research associates.
Our Members include 2008 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Tony Allan, Remote Sensing Ecohydrologist Emma Tebbs, and Aquatic Ecotoxicologist Nic Bury.
Human geographers conduct innovative research into the key challenges of water governance from global to local scales. Members of the group are developing conceptualisations of the water-food-trade and climate-energy nexus, the role of private sector actors and the accounting for water in food supply chains. A specialisation in transboundary issues concerns relationships of conflict and cooperation over water between nation states. The contested nature of water interactions are further scrutinised through empirically informed theorisation of water allocation and access, with commitment to achieving water justice. Here, the focus is on the everyday politics of water infrastructure and water use, on the dynamics of community based collective action and on understanding the ways in which water interactions are embedded in social relationships and livelihoods. Members of the group are expert in providing decision support to flood risk management.
Physical scientists in the group are world leaders in aquatic science with expertise including fluvial geomorphology, hydrological modelling ecohydrology. The group conduct both basic and applied scientific research with a major emphasis on improving global understanding of river and estuary restoration and management. Another core area of expertise is the development and application of novel methods and tools related to remote sensing, hydrological policy support systems and ecotoxicology. Members of the group also work in a range of ecosystems from the urban River Thames to tropical forest and the research is supported by state-of-art analytical facilities.