About us

We were founded in 2005 with the vision of harnessing the diverse expertise of the world’s leading water professionals, to educate and empower individuals, communities and organisations, to build capacity to respond to water challenges in innovative ways.

Tackling complex water challenges

Since our inception, we have grown to become a key player in the global water sector and an important feature of the Australian ‘water landscape’. We play a central role in stimulating and brokering relationships between Australian and international academics, researchers and practitioners, to collectively strengthen integrated water management approaches to tackling complex water challenges.

Developing capabilities

We employ a diverse range of strategies, including education programs, training courses, capacity building projects and applied research projects, to develop the capabilities, skills and knowledge of individuals, communities and organisations across the world, to enable a better understanding and an improved use of integrated water management approaches.

Areas of expertise

Our work encapsulates six core areas of expertise:

Fostering a culture of collaboration

Fundamental to our success is our ability to work beyond institutional boundaries and to draw expertise from our global network. We draw from some of the world’s best and most experienced researchers and practitioners, in relevant disciplines, to design solutions that address current and future water management challenges.

Since our beginnings we have worked tirelessly to foster a culture of collaboration between Australian and international researchers, educators, and practitioners, and to actively engage with leaders from local communities, governments, industry and non-government-organisations.

We are now supported by a global network of more than 170 partners and associates, providing a scope of expertise and experience rarely found in a single, water-dedicated organisation.

At the International WaterCentre, we believe tomorrow’s solutions lie in effective leadership, capacity building and approaches to integrated water management. We are united by a strong sense of community, multidisciplinary approaches, ethical values and a desire to build capacity to manage change in the water sector and beyond.

Our impact

To date, more than one thousand water professionals from eighty-six countries have benefited from our education and training programs. This community of water leaders now actively help their local populations and broader societies tackle complex water problems, for the environment, for communities and for the economy.

We have also delivered:

  • more than 50 custom training programs for organisations around the world
  • more than 50 capability development and applied research projects across six world regions to improve localised water management capacity, skills and knowledge.

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Our heritage

We were established by four leading Australian universities – Griffith University, The University of Queensland, Monash University and the University of Western Australia, with support from the Queensland State Government – with the vision of harnessing the diverse expertise of Australia’s leading water professionals, to educate and empower individuals, communities and organisations, to build capacity to respond to water challenges in innovative ways.

We are now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia.

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