Water and Wastewater

Work Group Leader:

Dr Kory Russel, University of Oregon | krussel@uoregon.edu


Water and sanitation are becoming ever more essential to stopping the spread of disease and improving sustainability as urban populations rapidly increase around the global. Traditional grid-based water and sanitation systems are failing to meet the challenge in many locations. Worse, traditional systems are significant contributors to climate change. Over consumption of water, lost nutrients, and the failure to expand services to underrepresented and vulnerable populations all indicate the need for a water and sanitation revolution. This working group aims to address how wastewater and sanitation services can evolve to meet the Sustainable Development Goal in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
Previously, this working group examined how urban areas could take tangible first steps towards reducing the demand for water resources in urban water and sanitation systems. In 2020, the working group will examine how off-grid wastewater and sanitation solutions can be integrated into a city-wide inclusive water and sanitation framework. We will be specifically focusing on rapidly growing informal settlements and resource constrained settings.

Relevant SDGs:

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 10. Reduce Inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

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We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.