Water & Development Research Group belongs to Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group. Our group is part of Department of Built Environment, School of Engineering in Aalto University. WDRG carries out research on various themes, utilizing diversity of methods. More information about our research can be found by reading our publications.

Key Research Themes:

  • Water for food
  • Climate change and water
  • Integrated approaches to water management:

    IWRM, water-energy-food nexus

  • Water Diplomacy
  • Transboundary rivers, especially in Asia
  • Role of power and politics in water management
  • Water innovations & water business

Key Research Methods:

  • Modeling in its various forms
  • Big data and spatial analysis from local to global scale
  • Governance, institutional & livelihood analyses
  • Impact assessment
  • Case studies, combining some or all above

Ongoing projects


SOS.aquaterra explores opportunities to meet future food demand within the safe and complex operating space of water and land resources. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant programme. Read more…


WATVUL explores the impact of climate change, use of natural resources, water management and anthropogenic change on local hydrological systems in South-East Asia and Mexico. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland. Read more…

Water and Development –doctoral studies project

The four-year project aims to enhance doctoral education and research in water resources management, particularly in the field of sustainable development related to water, which plays a significant role in the research conducted in WDRG. This project is fully funded by The Land and Water Technology Foundation (Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry). Read more

Past research projects: