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Manchester researchers win £7.5 million

(3 August 2017)

An international consortium of researchers led by The University of Manchester will spend four years working to improve the economic, social and environmental impact of dams, after it was awarded a £7.5 million grant by Research Councils UK as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

The funding award will enable Manchester researchers to create the knowledge base, capacity and capability for a ‘Dams 2.0’ future, in which large dams are selected, designed and operated to support resilient and sustainable national, regional and global development in a warming world.  Researchers will develop new infrastructure planning approaches and tools for dam design, management and professional training.

Dams 2.0 will be led by a team from the Global Development Institute (GDI) and Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering School (MACE). The team intends to improve the selection and design of dams by enabling analysts and decision-makers to consider impacts on wider water, energy, food and environmental systems.

  • You can read the full story, and view a short video outlining the project, on the GDI website.