Corporate Water Research Network Launch

On the 9th May 2014, Water Witness International and the University of East Anglia’s Water Security Research Centre launched the Corporate Water Research Network. The idea for the Network was born out of discussions at the Sixth Hydro Hegemony Workshop, held in London in January 2013, when a group of researchers, practitioners and academics agreed that there is a need for a strengthened research effort and scrutiny on the private sector’s engagement on water security, management, governance and politics.

On the 9th May 2014, a group of 25 academics, researchers and NGOs met in London to discuss the Network’s formation and hold the first planning meeting. Participants in the meeting included representatives from Water Witness International, WaterAid, WWF, the University of East Anglia’s Water Security Research Centre, Kings College London, ODI and CDP.

The workshop aimed to:

–          Develop the research agenda

–          Understand demand for CWRN and its functions

–          Scope interest for future collaboration

–          Explore potential for funding and resources

Nick Hepworth, Director of Water Witness International and Suvi Sojamo, an Associate of Water Witness International, led the launch workshop, with contributions from UEA’s Water Security Research Centre.

The day was a great success with a wide array of individuals and organisations contributing ideas and opinions on the structure and aims of the Network. A report on the workshop and agreed next steps will be available in due course.