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UK Droughts and Water Scarcity research programme

Date: 08/03/2013

A new funding opportunity for environment-related research that could include arts and humanities perspectives has just been announced.

The UK Droughts and Water Scarcity research programme is a five-year interdisciplinary, £12m+ Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) research programme in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and AHRC. The programme's research will be UK-focused with the objective to support improved decision-making in relation to droughts and water scarcity. Proposals involving research and researchers across the whole of AHRC's remit are strongly encouraged to be involved in the consortia for example, by addressing issues and questions that increase our understanding of the cultural and historical experience of droughts and human responses to it.

The goals of the programme are to:

  • Characterise the drivers and nature of droughts and water scarcity, including the environmental, social and cultural factors that influence their occurrence, severity and impact.
  • Examine the multiple and inter-linked impacts of UK droughts and water scarcity on the environment, agriculture, infrastructure, society and culture, and the trade-offs between them.
  • Develop methods to support decision-making for drought and water scarcity planning and management, and to assess opportunities (including community and public responses) to reduce their occurrence and severity.

This is a call for outline proposals from interdisciplinary consortia to respond to one of three work packages. A second phase of funding will follow which will fund programme management, coordination and knowledge synthesis activities, and will be available only to those funded in the first funding round.

Further information can be found at http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/programmes/droughts/events/ao.asp

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