Glasgow Water Cluster

A minute from Minty Donald (College of Arts & Humanities)

A minute from Jill Robbie (College of Social Sciences)

A minute from Bill Sloan (College of Science & Engineering)

Selection of publications

Braun, G., Braun, M., Kruse, J., Amelung, W., Renaud, F.G. , Khoi, C.M., Duong, M.V. and Sebesvari, Z. (2019) Pesticides and antibiotics in permanent rice, alternating rice-shrimp and permanent shrimp systems of the coastal Mekong Delta, Vietnam.Environment International, 127, pp. 442-451. (doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.03.038) 

Welden, N. A. , Abylkhani, B. and Howarth, L. M. (2018) The effects of trophic transfer and environmental factors on microplastic uptake by plaice, Pleuronectes plastessa, and spider crab, Maja squinado.Environmental Pollution, 239, 351 - 358. (doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.03.110) (PMID:29674213) 

Zhang, J., Zhang, Y., Song, J., Cheng, L., Kumar Paul, P., Gan, R., Shi, X. , Luo, Z. and Zhao, P. (2020) Large-scale baseflow index prediction using hydrological modelling, linear and multilevel regression approaches. Journal of Hydrology(doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.124780) (Early Online Publication) 

Munro, N. and Kweka, O. (2018) Social Accountability for Safe and Sustainable Domestic Water Provision in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro. Project Report. University of Glasgow and University of Dar es Salaam. 

Beveridge, R. , Moss, T. and Naumann, M. (2017) Sociospatial understanding of water politics: Tracing the multidimensionality of water reuse.Water Alternatives, 10(1), pp. 22-40. 

Robbie, J. (2015) Private Water Rights. Edinburgh Legal Education Trust. ISBN 9780955633287 

Perry, M. (2020). Pluriversal literacies: affect and relationality in vulnerable times. Reading Research Quarterly. DOI: 10.1002/rrq.312 

Chng, N. R. (2008) Privatization and citizenship: local politics of water in the Philippines.Development, 51(1), pp. 42-48. (doi: 10.1057/palgrave.development.1100444) 

Pickering, L. and Wiseman, P. (2019) Down the Pan: New Directions in the Sociology of Dirt [Guest Editors].Sociological Review, 67(4), 

Balke, T. and Nilsson, C. (2019) Increasing synchrony of annual river-flood peaks and growing season in Europe.Geophysical Research Letters, (doi: 10.1029/2019GL084612) (Early Online Publication) 

Echeverría, C., Ruiz-Pérez, G., Puertes, C., Samaniego, L., Barrett, B. and Francés, F. (2019) Assessment of remotely sensed near-surface soil moisture for distributed eco-hydrological model implementation.Water, 11(12), 2613. (doi: 10.3390/w11122613) 

Clements, E.A., Thomas, R. and Adams, C.E. (2018) An investigation of salmonid host utilisation by the endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) in north-west Scotland.Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 28(3), pp. 764-768. (doi: 10.1002/aqc.2900) 

Williams, R.D. , Bangen, S., Gillies, E., Kramer, N., Moir, H. and Wheaton, J. (2020) Let the river erode! Enabling lateral migration increases geomorphic unit diversity.Science of Total Environment, 715, 136817. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136817) (PMID:32040992) 

Qin, C., Li, S.-L., Waldron, S. , Yue, F.-J. , Wang, Z., Zhong, J., Ding, H. and Liu, C.-Q. (2020) High-frequency monitoring reveals how hydrochemistry and dissolved carbon respond to rainstorms at a karstic critical zone, Southwestern China.Science of the Total Environment, 714, 136833. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136833) 

Young, O. R. et al. (2018) Moving beyond panaceas in fisheries governance.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(37), pp. 9065-9073. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1716545115) (PMID:30139919) 

Schofield, J. E., Pearce, D. M., Mair, D. W.F., Rea, B. R., Lea, J. M., Kamenos, N. A. , Schoenrock, K. M., Barr, I. D. and Edwards, K. J. (2019) Pushing the limits: palynological investigations at the margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the Norse Western Settlement.Environmental Archaeology, (doi: 10.1080/14614103.2019.1677075) (Early Online Publication) 

D'Angeli, I. M., Naylor, L. A. , Lee, M. , Miller, A. Z., Mylroie, J. and De Waele, J. (2020) Light attenuation as a control for microbiogeomorphic features: Implications for coastal cave speleogenesis.Geomorphology, 354, 107054. (doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107054) 

Maberly, S. C. et al. (2020) Global lake thermal regions shift under climate change.Nature Communications, 11, 1232. (doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-15108-z) (PMID:32144247) 

Maberly, S. C. et al. (2020) Global lake thermal regions shift under climate change.Nature Communications, 11, 1232. (doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-15108-z) (PMID:32144247) 

Connelly, S. , Pussayanavin, T., Randle-Boggis, R., Wicheansan, A., Jampathong, S., Keating, C. , Ijaz, U. Z. , Sloan, W. and Koottatep, T. (2019) Solar Septic Tank: next generation sequencing reveals effluent microbial community composition as a useful index of system performance.Water, 11(12), 2660. (doi: 10.3390/w11122660) 

Burnside, N. , Westaway, R., Banks, D. , Zimmermann, G., Hofmann, H. and Boyce, A. J. (2019) Rapid water-rock interactions evidenced by hydrochemical evolution of flowback fluid during hydraulic stimulation of a deep geothermal borehole in granodiorite: Pohang, Korea.Applied Geochemistry, 111, 104445. (doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2019.104445) 

Al-Hafidh, M. H., Glidle, A., Wilson, R. , Kelly, A. E. , Reboud, J. and Cooper, J. M. (2019) Multi-reflection polarimetry in microfluidics.IEEE Sensors Letters, 3(10), 3502104. (doi: 10.1109/LSENS.2019.2943688) 

Cholet, F., Ijaz, U. Z. and Smith, C. J. (2019) Differential ratio amplicons (Ramp) for the evaluation of RNA integrity extracted from complex environmental samples.Environmental Microbiology, 21(2), pp. 827-844. (doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14516) (PMID:30585386) (PMCID:PMC6392129) 

Millar, M. A. , Burnside, N. and Yu, Z. (2019) An investigation into the limitations of low temperature district heating on traditional tenement buildings in Scotland.Energies, 12(13), 2603. (doi: 10.3390/en12132603) 

Yang, Z. , Xu, G., Reboud, J. , Kasprzyk-Hordern, B. and Cooper, J. M. (2017) Monitoring genetic population biomarkers for wastewater-based epidemiology. Analytical Chemistry, 89(18), 9941–9945-9941–9945. (doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b02257) 

Blair, R. M., Waldron, S. and Gauchotte-Lindsay, C. (2019) Average daily flow of microplastics through a tertiary wastewater treatment plant over a ten-month period.Water Research, 163, 114909. (doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.114909) 

Vignola, M. , Werner, D., Hammes, F., King, L. C. and Davenport, R. J. (2018) Flow-cytometric quantification of microbial cells on sand from water biofilters.Water Research, 143, pp. 66-76. (doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.05.053) (PMID:29940363) 

Ramakrishnan, G., González-Jiménez, M. , Lapthorn, A. J. and Wynne, K. (2017) Spectrum of slow and super-slow (picosecond to nanosecond) water dynamics around organic and biological solutes.Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 8(13), pp. 2964-2970. (doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01127) (PMID:28612605) 

Williams, R. (2019) 'This Shining Confluence of Magic and Technology': solarpunk, energy imaginaries, and the infrastructures of solarity.Open Library of Humanities, 5(1), 60. (doi: 10.16995/olh.329) 

McClure, J. , Chowdhury, A., Easterby-Smith, S., Ferreras, N., Gueye, O., Priyadarshini, M., Serels, S. and Vos, J. (2019) Inequality and the future of global history: A round table discussion.Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies, 3(1), pp. 53-81. (doi: 10.26443/jiows.v3i1.58) 

Given, M. , Aldred, O., Grant, K., McNiven, P. and Poller, T. (2019) Interdisciplinary approaches to a connected landscape: upland survey in the Northern Ochils.Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 148, pp. 83-111. (doi: 10.9750/PSAS.148.1268) 

Donald, M. (2019) Guddling About: an ecological performance practice with water and other nonhuman collaborators.GeoHumanities, 5(2), pp. 591-619. (doi: 10.1080/2373566X.2019.1652106) 

Clarke, J., Milligan, R. J., Bailey, D. M. and Neat, F. C. (2015) A scientific basis for regulating deep-sea fishing by depth. Current Biology, 25(18), pp. 2425-2429. (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.07.070) (PMID:26320948) 

Veldhuis, M.P., Kihwele, E.S., Cromsigt, J.P.G.M., Ogutu, J.O., Hopcraft, J.G.C. , Owen-Smith, N. and Olff, H. (2019) Large herbivore assemblages in a changing climate: incorporating water dependence and thermoregulation.Ecology Letters, 22, pp. 1536-1546. (doi: 10.1111/ele.13350) (PMID:31332945) 

Lothian, A. J., Schwinn, M., Anton, A. H., Adams, C. E. , Newton, M., Koed, A. and Lucas, M. C. (2020) Are we designing fishways for diversity? Potential selection on alternative phenotypes resulting from differential passage in brown trout.Journal of Environmental Management, 262, 110317. (doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110317) 

Heys, C., Cheaib, B., Busetti, A., Kazlauskaite, R., Maier, L., Sloan, W.T. , Ijaz, U.Z. , Kaufmann, J., McGinnity, P. and Llewellyn, M.S. (2020) Neutral processes dominate microbial community assembly in Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar.Applied and Environmental Microbiology, (doi: 10.1128/AEM.02283-19) (PMID:32033945) (Early Online Publication) 

Meadows, P.S., Meadows, A. and Murray, J.M.H. (2012) Biological modifiers of marine benthic seascapes: their role as ecosystem engineers.Geomorphology, 157-58, pp. 31-48. (doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.07.007) 

McDougall, C. W., Hanley, N. , Quilliam, R. S., Needham, K. and Oliver, D. M. (2020) Valuing inland blue space: a contingent valuation study of two large freshwater lakes.Science of the Total Environment, 715, 136921. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136921) (PMID:32032988) 

Nati, J. J.H., Lindström, J. , Yeomans, W. and Killen, S. (2018) Physiological and behavioural responses to hypoxia in an invasive freshwater fish species and a native competitor.Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 27(3), pp. 813-821. (doi: 10.1111/eff.12394) 

Mclennan, D. et al. (2019) Simulating nutrient release from parental carcasses increases the growth, biomass and genetic diversity of juvenile Atlantic salmon.Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(8), pp. 1937-1947. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13429) 

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EVENT | Water justice

The University of Glasgow, through its School of Interdisciplinary Studies, is delighted to present the latest event in its Global Webinar Series on Water and Sustainable Development.

Workshop 3: Water Justice

Thursday 29 September, 10am - 11.30am (online).

Speakers: Professor Quentin GraftonProfessor Anne Poelina Nyikina Warrwa, and Professor Asit K. Biswas

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This webinar series is run by Professor Cecilia Tortajada, School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow. This series provides a platform for discussion on current and future water-related problems, and potential solutions from a multidisciplinary, multisectoral and multi-issues basis. Leading global academics, senior policymakers from around the world, heads of national and international organisations, and senior officials from important multinational corporations will contribute and provide insight from their expert perspectives.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT | Trust and perceptions of water governance in urban Tanzania

How water is managed and how we ensure universal access to it, is in increasingly important question for cities around the world. Research shows the need for an adaptive and integrative approach to water governance in urban areas in response to uncertainties from natural and political causes.

Increasing commodification of water has led to injustice in water provision, whereas governance has concentrated on ensuring payment of bills rather than access and quality of water provided to the community. Interdisciplinary work at the University of Glasgow, in partnership with colleagues from the University of Dar Es Salaam, has looked into public trust and how water governance is perceived by local communities.

In summer 2021, researchers worked with Water Witness International and local NGO Shahidi wa Maji to organise a four day symposium with invited speakers from Scotland and Tanzania. The event was aimed at a core audience of NGOs active in the water sector across Africa and other parts of the developing world. Discussions centred around how people perceive water governance in Dar Es Salaam, local policy context for Tanzania, overall trends in solutions for universal access to water sanitation and hygiene, and how we answer questions about community dynamics more broadly.

The team also commissioned a series of four short films with interviews with residents and street-level (community officials), to provide broader context for each of the ssions. You can find out more by reading these summary slides, or watching the commisioned films.

The symposium and the short film series were supported by the Capacity Development and Acceleration Fund from the Centre for Sustainable, Health and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods

More recently, the team have received ESRC Impact Acceleration Funding for a follow on project: Inspiring social accountability for water provision in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

The project will publicise and propose solutions to problems of public trust in the water utility, DAWASA, in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. A policy research officer based at Shahidi wa Maji, our local NGO partner, will work in collaboration with researchers to produce policy briefs providing positive suggestions for change in the policies and practices of the water utility. The team will also engage a nationally famous political cartoonist, Masoud Kipanya to produce a series of four cartoons for publication in the Mwananchi newspaper and to host a discussion with DAWASA on his highly regarded and popular PowerBreakfast radio show.

About the project team

Glasgow Investigators:

Other Investigators:

  • Abel Dugange, Shahidi wa Maji
  • Dr Jesper Katomero, University of Dar Es Salaam
  • Dr Nick Hepworth, Water Witness International
  • Dr Opportuna Kweka, University of Dar Es Salaam
  • Dr Vicensia Shule, University of Dar Es Salaam 

EVENT | Living Sustainably with Water: Water and Value

Water and Value Workshop - 13th May 2022 

Organisers: Dr Minty Donald, Professor of Contemporary Performance Practice and Dr Jill Robbie, Senior Lecturer in Law 

The Glasgow Water Cluster is hosting a series of Workshops which aim to bring together researchers from a diverse range of disciplines and relevant stakeholders to gain a greater understanding of the conceptualisation of water from a variety of perspectives. This will allow the co-production of a future interdisciplinary research agenda for living sustainably with water. Each Workshop will be organised under sub-themes which are intentionally interdisciplinary to facilitate exploration and collaboration.

The first Workshop will explore the process of framing the value and meaning of water... [read more