Our environment is unhealthy. The population is rapidly growing but we are running out of food, water and other precious resources. Disorganised urbanisation, pandemics and new diseases, climate change, global uncertainty and security problems are only a few of the challenges threatening our environment and humanity. Environmental health engineering fulfils a crucial role in helping to solve these problems.
Over 100 years ago, our department took a leading role in research and education of scientists and engineers to tackle water-borne pathogens. The development of water and wastewater engineering disciplines transformed the world and we still benefit from this today. Can we transform the world one more time to tackle the new and emerging diseases in the 21st Century? How can we work with nature to optimise the value and function of urban infrastructure? How can we build a resilient, sustainable and secure city?
We aim to research and develop solutions to tackle current and future environmental health challenges.
Currently, we have two streams of research which cross over to contribute to a healthier world.