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Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners

2020 Courses Postponed

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we have decided to postpone our 2020 Short Courses. Alternative dates will be announced shortly. Please ensure you subscribe to our newsletter to receive updated information when it is available.

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Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners: 7-11 June 2021 (TBC)


Water security not only prevents sickness and death, it improves wellbeing and quality of life. It can allow people opportunity and choice to direct their energy into activities that they value, and afford them freedom to realise their full potential 

     Dr Jo-Anne Geere, Course Director



Securing water for all is a global challenge for all countries. On this short course you’ll develop a broad and cross-disciplinary understanding of water security and its related dimensions. You’ll focus on how water security for human populations is socially and politically determined, and the consequences of water insecurity on a range of stakeholders and environments. You will benefit from our in-depth understanding of interrelated issues to think about how to co-create water secure futures.


   Course Structure

You’ll focus on the concept of ‘Water Security’, as a complex set of processes related to access to water for human needs and wellbeing, and considering social and political relations, environments, climate, and health. Indicative topics covered include:


  • The hydro-social cycle, relationships between water and society
  • Definitions of Water Security; representations of the ‘The Global Water Crisis’ and                                water challenges
  • Institutions, governance and politics
  • Climate, large-scale water uses and ecosystems
  • Water related hazards, water and sanitation, and health


  Course Aims

  • Facilitate a cross-disciplinary understanding of water security to build on existing knowledge of water issues amongst diverse stakeholders.
  • Examine how water security is socially and politically determined, shifting the focus from the supply of water to the nature of water-society relations, to understand the interrelated impacts of climate, hydrology, legal-institutional frameworks, social dynamics and infrastructure
  • Explore how to co-create water secure futures



We need to shift our focus from the availability of water to the ways in which it is managed and distributed, in our analysis of water security. 

     Dr Jessica Budds, Course Director



   Who is this course for?

You will be employees of government agencies, NGOs, international and private organisations. This course will be especially relevant if you are a professional who does not have an existing specialism in the field, but you have new responsibility or interest in the integration of water security management into development planning, projects and policy.

Recent participants have included employees of national ministries of environment, agriculture, planning and finance, from countries worldwide, and staff of organisations such as ICIMOD, DfID, JICA, BMZ, ADB, UNDP, UNEP, FAO, Oxfam, Red Cross, and IFC.


   Course Directors 

Dr Jessica Budds and Dr Jo-Anne Geere

Dr Jessica Budds is Associate Professor in Geography and International Development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. Jessica’s work focuses on the relationship between economic development, water governance, and access to water among low-income groups in the Global South, particularly in South America. She explores how economic change influences the nature of water flows, infrastructure, institutions, policies, and dominant representations of water, often in ways that promote or sustain financial investment and political power.

Dr Jo-Anne Geere is a Physiotherapy Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia. Jo-Anne’s current research focuses on the health impacts of fetching water, and community based collection of water access and health data using mobile devices.  She has also conducted secondary analyses of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICs) to explore relationships between household water access and public health.  She has been involved in research investigating domestic and informal work in Kenya and South Africa, particularly as it affects people in low income regions or with disability.


Course Requirements 

No prior knowledge or special skills are required, however you’ll have a genuine interest in learning about water security and development.

The course is conducted in English. It is essential that you have full competence in English, both written and spoken.


   Tuition Fees and Funding

£1,890 – includes all tuition, course materials, daily lunches and refreshments, and an evening networking dinner.

We offer an early bird discount of 15% for participants who apply early. Discount deadline for 2020/2021 courses to be announced. 

The International Development Centre is unable to offer scholarships to attend this course. You are expected to secure your own funding.



The course is taught at the University of East Anglia (UEA). 

UEA is an internationally renowned university on a distinctive and attractive campus just outside the historic city of Norwich.