Cross-faculty water researcher appointed
Lancaster University’s Centre for Sustainable Water Management and the Department of Sociology have appointed a cross-faculty research fellow.
Dr Will Medd will develop research that looks at issues such as water shortage, consumption and demand from a social science perspective.
The two-year appointment was funded by the University Research Committee's Enterprise Zone and supported by additional funding from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Lancaster Environment Centre. The Centre for Sustainable Water Management, based in LEC, and the Department of Sociology have been jointly awarded the funding.
Dr Will Medd said: “Climate change, extreme weather events and forecasts of future water consumption are generating demand for interdisciplinary research. It is increasingly apparent that water management is not just a matter of managing physical and biological resources: social, cultural, political and economic considerations also determine possibilities for change and intervention.
“Public and private sector organisations are now positioning themselves to acquire and fund social scientific research on a significant scale. Relatively few universities and research providers are capable of responding, but Lancaster is one.”