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Themes 2022-2027

CREW Themes are flexible, responsive and linked to contemporary and emerging issues and the disciplines required to deliver knowledge supporting policy.


Three themes described below are set within an overarching consideration of Water and Society in all our work. Key considerations include sustainable water use, societal perceptions of water issues, water resilient places and technologies.


CREW's thematic areas for 2022-2027 are as follows:

           Policy areas/drivers include: Drinking Water Directive review, Drinking Water Supplies, Public Health.

          Key aspects include consideration of: drinking water, waste water, human & environmental health, epidemiology and contaminants. Research on this thematic area commences with a capacity building project developing risk assessment approaches for parameters in the recast Drinking Water Directive, to be incorporated into legislation in 2023. This project will deliver timely knowledge on monitoring and risk assessment approaches for watchlist contaminants in drinking water supplies in Scotland.


          Policy areas/drivers include: Water and Climate Policy/Regulation, Natural Flood Management, Coastal Erosion Management.

         Key aspects include consideration of: flooding, water scarcity, coastal erosion, risk scenarios and nature-based solutions. This theme will initially be explored in a capacity and knowledge building project to inform natural flood management and mitigation of coastal erosion with the restoration and incorporation of shellfish, kelp and seagrass beds. The research has relevance to multiple policy areas including flooding, biodiversity, climate change marine planning and the blue economy.


          Policy areas/drivers include: River Basin Management Planning (RBMP 3), Nature Capital, Post CAP Rural Support.

        Key aspects include consideration of: detection and mitigation of diffuse pollution, resource recovery and reuse.



Projects - All Projects - 2022-2027

This page lists the research work supported by CREW during the funding period 2022 to 2027. Research work carried out in the funding period 2016 to 2022 can be found on the following page.