Close-up of a child's hands cupped together under running water from an outdoor pipe

The Hub is explicitly built around principles of equality, diversity, inclusion, sustainability, and transparency. Over 100 staff from twelve institutions are engaged in the project, including early career researchers, established academics, and a team of operational staff. Partner organisations include community groups and local charities, global non-profits, government ministries and municipal departments, and utilities companies.

Guiding principles

  1. Maximising the real-world impact of research;
  2. Building capacity of institutions and researchers;
  3. Transdisciplinary collaboration;
  4. Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion; and,
  5. Transparency and accountability to all partners.

These core principles underpin the Hub's research programme and guide all our activities, from research planning to evidence gathering. They are embedded in our governance framework, formalised in our Collaboration Agreements, and find synergies in our Theory of Change.


The Hub is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our research programme.

As a global project working towards sustainable water security and contributing towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, sustainability is at the core of our research and operations. With a widespread, international team, the Hub has a responsibility to seriously consider our environmental footprint and actively improve our environmental performance. 

We recognise the numerous impacts that the Hub’s activities have on the environment, from carbon to water, energy to waste. We seek to develop creative solutions to respond to this impact and are working to track, offset, and reduce our footprints. Some of our practical solutions include: holding webinars and cross-Hub events online, and using web-based communication tools where possible, reducing the need to meet in person (while acknowledging the water-data-energy nexus); using public transport as far as possible; opting for recycled materials for any branded items; combining carbon offsetting with community engagement and school education; providing Hub members with reusable water bottles and replacing individual single-use bottles with water refill stations; and when overseas travel is necessary, aligning face-to-face meetings with fieldwork and research opportunities to maximise use of the journey.

The multiple uses of water, River Ganges

Equality, diversity, inclusion

The Hub operates as an open, inclusive environment that is free from bias, prejudice, and discrimination.

The Hub works across five geographical regions, bringing together a diverse range of researchers and partners. Our diversity – of ideas, cultures, and experiences – is one of our strengths that shapes our research programme and our ability to influence change. This diversity is an important strength in tackling water security globally, providing opportunities for collaboration, learning, and innovation among our Collaboratories.

Inclusion underpins diversity. Through secondments, training, and informal networks, the Hub has taken a proactive approach to ensuring every member of our team has equal opportunities to succeed. In working with our partners, the Hub strives to achieve a balance in characteristics such as gender, religion and ethnicity, while being aware of local social and cultural sensitivities. 

A pair of hands, held palm up, cupped together under still, clear water
A pair of hands, held palm up, cupped together under still, clear water


Clarity and accountability to ensure equitability.

Our combined experience of international and interdisciplinary research programmes has underlined the importance of transparency for the Hub to ensure equitable partnerships within the team and with our partners.

Transparency is embedded in our governance and management structures, from decision making to budgets. The Hub’s Collaboration Agreement – which all eleven research teams must sign – further clarifies resources and responsibilities.

Through effective and regular communication, we are refining our shared vision and reinforcing our commitment to collaborative, transdisciplinary working. This is essential to strengthen partnerships across disciplines and geographically distances.

Our Theory of Change identifies equitable and effective partnerships as a fundamental output to achieving our outcomes. As an international development project seeking to create more equitable strategies for water security, it is essential that we monitor the equitability of our own partnerships to maintain a positive, mutually beneficial environment.

Children playing in a well, Ethiopia


Preventing and tackling harm in international development research.

The Hub has a clear commitment to safeguarding in accordance with the International Development Research Funders Statement on Safeguarding (UKCDR, 2018)

In keeping with our principles, the Hub is committed to maintaining the highest degree of ethical behaviour amongst our team and with those whom we engage. In particular, we:

Promote a culture in which harm and abuse is less likely to happen and act swiftly to respond to cases that do emerge in line with international standards.

Promote a culture of openness, trust and transparency to ensure people are safe and protected from harm and abuse wherever possible and where ever they are located.

Promote robust procedures for the mitigation of safeguarding risks, including a code of conduct, appropriate governance, whistle-blowing and risk management policies; and fair recruitment procedures.


UKCDR safeguarding statement

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