Among the world’s top academic water research institutions

Water Institute researchers represent a wide breadth of disciplinary expertise with a membership of over 170 faculty members and over 350 graduate students who collectively span all six Waterloo faculties. The University of Waterloo is ranked among the world’s top academic water research institutions, with our faculty and students making a significant contribution in advancing the sustainable use and management of water.

Impact through interdisciplinary collaboration

Researchers with expertise in water science, engineering, economics and governance collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to address  five key Water Institute research themes: global water cycle, blue economy, watershed management, urban water systems and human health and well-being.


The University of Waterloo is making significant contributions towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including its objective to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

The Water Institute plays a crucial role in this strategy by providing a dynamic, interdisciplinary platform for researchers and students to collectively make a global impact in addressing water issues of increasing scale and complexity.

Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, Research and International, University of Waterloo