Global Water Institute

World leaders in water research, education, innovation and sustainability.

The Global Water Institute (GWI) is a world leader in water research, innovation and problem solving. We have created the nation’s most advanced water knowledge hub driven by the urgent need to protect this essential resource. The Institute draws on the expertise of 13 research centres and facilities to bring a truly multi-disciplinary approach to the complex challenges and opportunities facing water and related sectors worldwide.

We strive to be a world leading centre for research, capacity building and sharing of water knowledge, technologies and expertise, informing and connecting research to smart water policy and management, and facilitating sustainable outcomes from water use.


  • Solving global water issues

    Leading with an inter-disciplinary approach to the complex challenges and opportunities facing water and related sectors worldwide.

  • Excellence in water education

    UNSW-GWI is a large community of passionate academics and researchers with strong links and partnerships with government and industry.

  • Over 400 researchers, professional staff & PhD candidates

    Providing opportunities for members of the UNSW water community to participate in, and contribute to, high-impact projects and programs.

Engage our expertise

Here at GWI, our scope is incredibly broad — from cutting-edge innovations to best practice engineering design and everything in between.

Our expertise is grouped into seven categories containing 40 key capabilities. You can learn more about these by downloading our Capability Statement.

If you would like to chat about a water related issue or discuss a service, project or collaboration, please contact us and one of our experts will get back to you.

Study with us

UNSW Sydney ranks among the top 50 universities globally, with more than 65,000 students and a research community of over 6,000.

Water at UNSW is taught as a cross-cutting discipline, through a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses embedded in science, engineering, law and arts. 

Our people

UNSW-GWI was initiated in January 2016. The Institute has a membership of over 400 researchers, professional staff and PhD candidates spanning seven faculties and a dozen research centres. Explore our team to find out more.

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