Advances in Urban Water Systems Research / UK China Link

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Engineering Computer Science and Maths


A group of established researchers from Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, would like to propose visiting 4 top research groups in China to exchange ideas on how to improve our (UK and China) urban water systems.A key challenge in the Chinese water industry is the lack of consistently high standard of research output to provide the necessary guidance, despite the political will power and large base of well-trained engineers. In this respect, there is a lot that the UK can potentially offer, but some form of common understanding of each other's needs must be first and foremost firmly established. In return, the Chinese water market offers UK research community tremendous opportunity to extend their research findings via practical implementation. It also allows various schemes to be monitored and refined, hence enhancing the quality of UK's research. The EPSRC INTERACT scheme is an excellent mechanism to enable us, the Centre for Water Systems, to perform large scale testing of our research outputs as well as refining them.This proposal is very timely and focuses on forming strong UK-China academic partnership. It builds on the strength of the Centre for Water Systems (as a showcase of leading UK research) and research needs of China's rapidly expanding urban infrastructure.
Description The findings have been used to support the application of an EU Marie Curie project (ARMWRC) funded from 2008-2011, and also an EU FP7 project (SPRING) funded from 2009-2012.
First Year Of Impact 2008
Sector Environment
Impact Types Policy & public services

Description China Water pollution and control project
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
Impact I have given several talks on EU Water Framework Directives to many different governmental and research committees and been on various advisory panels in China related to their 1st, 2nd and 3rd 5-year plan on Water Pollution and Control National Programme.
Description EU Marie Curie Incoming Fellowship
Amount € 250,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 220448 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 10/2008 
End 09/2011
Description FP7
Amount € 995,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 244156 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 03/2010 
End 09/2013
Description CRAES 
Organisation Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES)
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution seminars, research reports, research papers
Collaborator Contribution provide data for completion of research papers
Impact joint papers
Start Year 2010
Description Drinking water disinfection mechanism and modelling 
Organisation Harbin Institute of Technology
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint paper and experimental technique
Collaborator Contribution use of laboratory equipment, and facilities over a period of 6 months, and hosting researchers
Impact still in progress
Start Year 2008
Description EU Marie Curie 
Organisation Peking University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution collaborate in development of new research project submitted to EU
Collaborator Contribution collaborate in development of new research project submitted to EU
Impact in progress and as in EU project
Start Year 2008
Description SPRING 
Organisation Tsinghua University China
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution formulated new EU FP7 project SPRING
Collaborator Contribution brought together a team of researchers from 5 different China universities
Impact output reports as part of EU FP7 SPRING project
Start Year 2010