Chair Groups

Each academic department is composed of one or more chair groups, each of which is formed around a particular discipline or specialization. 

Water Supply, Sanitation and Environmental Engineering

Water Supply Engineering

Generation and transfer of knowledge related to both appropriate low-cost technologies and advanced drinking water and industrial water treatment and distribution.

Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery

Focuses on the development of rational approaches to sustainable waste management via cleaner production, appropriate waste treatment and resource recovery in both the water supply and sanitation, and the industrial sectors.

Citywide Inclusive Sanitation

Contributes to knowledge development and capacity building in the urban sanitation field; areas of interest include urban drainage, waste water collection, treatment and reclamation/reuse, and residuals management.

Water Governance

Water Governance

Identifies the three interdependent domains: Water Policy, Water Law and Water Politics through which research, education and capacity development activities are organized.

Land & Water Management

Water and Agriculture

Deals with the technology of adapting and managing land and water resources for specific forms of land use in rural, urban and industrial areas. Its activities focus on the development of rural areas and the topics of irrigation, drainage and flood protection.

Water Management

Contributes to developing and managing sustainable water systems through a better scientific understanding of their functioning.

Water Resources and Ecosystems

Aquatic Ecosystems

Creates a better understanding of the relationship between the ecological structure, function and integrity of wetlands in the support of livelihoods.

Hydrology and Water Resources

Contributes to a better understanding of hydrological processes, to improve techniques for data monitoring and handling, to improve modelling of processes within the hydrological cycle, and to interpret and present results for implementation of integrated water resources management.

River Basin Development

Investigates processes in the natural and built environment which are determinant for the design and planning of sustainable water infrastructures prepared for global change.

Coastal and Urban Risk & Resilience

Coastal Systems & Engineering and Port Development

Deals with the analysis, design and management of natural and man-made systems in the coastal environment.

Flood Resilience

Advancing scientific knowledge and practical application into integrated approaches to cultivate resilience in urban communities and built-up areas.

Hydroinformatics and Socio-technical Innovation


Concerns the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and modelling, and their application for resolving water-related problems in civil engineering, and information systems for integrated water management.

Knowledge & Innovation Studies

Analysing the dynamics of the learning, competence building and innovation systems for the water sector.








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