The University of Dundee is one of the UK’s leading universities, internationally recognised for its expertise across a range of disciplines including science, medicine, engineering and art. In 2007, the University celebrates 40 years since it became an independent university after a 70 year relationship with the University of St. Andrews. The University has seen some major changes in that time. The past decade has been a particularly exciting time of progression and change - since 1994 the University has more than doubled in size.
School of Social Sciences
The Environmental Systems Research Group, ESRG, within the School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee, is internationally recognised for its scientific research into the impacts of climate change on the operation of natural Earth systems such as the hydrological cycle and for its pioneering research into flood risk and glacier fluctuations.
One of UNIVDUN’s key objectives is to engage water law, policy and science researchers in joined-up new approaches to respond more coherently and completely to water resources management issues. As a founding member of the UNESCO HELP (Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy) programme and the Universities Partnership for Trans-boundary Waters, Dundee seeks to be a world leader in advancing innovative operational responses to the water-related challenges of the future. UNIVDUN is also serves as Regional Coordinating Centre for HELP basins based in Europe. Dundee is also internationally recognized for its scientific research into the impacts of climate change on the operation of natural Earth systems such as the hydrological cycle and for its pioneering research into flood risk and glacier fluctuations. UNIVDUN has provided expert input into a variety of interdisciplinary projects including UNECE/UNEP Experts’ Report on Compliance; UNESCO Experts’ Report on Water Law/Conflict/Cooperation; UN WMO Experts Report on Legal Aspects of Integrated Flood Management; UNESCO/DFID Legal Assessment Model; World Bank training modules for Trans-boundary Water Law; and UNEP Global Environmental Outlook Report (Water Chapter). UNIVDUN participates in two EU FP6 projects BRAHMATWINN AND STRIVER.
Mr Andrew Allan is acting as co-leader of work package 4. His research interests concern national water allocation frameworks and governance of water resources, and include implementation of IWRM, flood management, participatory irrigation systems and the effectiveness of governance regimes. Most recently, he has provided expert advice to the Government of Kazakhstan on improving the law affecting farmer-managed irrigation systems, and has developed a system of indicators to evaluate the implementation of governance in the context of climate change as part of BRAHMATWINN.
Dr Benjamin Brock obtained his PhD in the areas of glaciology and meteorology at the University of Cambridge. He is a lecturer in physical geography and is an associate member of the Dundee UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science. His research interests are in glacier-climate interactions, the meteorology and hydrology of mountain regions and the numerical modelling of glacier melt. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Europe and South America and is principal investigator on a UK government research council funded project on the impact of climate change on debris-covered glaciers. His main contribution will be to the development of a glacier model (Subtask 3.3.2) and will supervise the work of a research assistant appointed under this project.
Dr Alistair Rieu-Clarke’s main area of research involves the analysis of legal frameworks for managing trans-boundary waters and the development of water governance indicators, and the role of water law within the wider IWRM context. His current activities include acting as principal investigator for the Dundee UNESCO Centre on two EU FP6 twining projects (BRAHMATWINN and STRIVER), and a collaborative project between WWF-International, GWP West Africa and the Dundee UNESCO Centre to assess the role and relevance of International Water Law in Europe and Africa.