GCRF: DAMS 2.0: Design and assessment of resilient and sustainable interventions in water-energy-food-environment Mega-Systems

Project Details


The world is moving into an unprecedented era of dam-building with more than 3,700 large dams currently planned or under construction. These projects have the potential to contribute significantly to the economic and social changes that underpin global Sustainable Development Goals. However, past experiences show that poorly designed and planned dam projects conversely may have large negative impacts on the poor, and exacerbate political instability and environmental degradation.

This proposal seeks to create the knowledge base, capacity and capability for a better future, in which dams built in DAC list countries are selected, designed and operated to support resilient and sustainable national, regional and global development in a 2.0 degrees Celsius world. This will be achieved by understanding and assessing dams as interdependent human-nexus (water-energy-food-environment) system interventions and enabling stakeholders to negotiate economic, social, political and ecological impacts despite future uncertainty.
Short titleR:HDD Dams 2.0
Effective start/end date1/10/1731/12/21

Collaborative partners

  • The University of Manchester (lead)
  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Joint applicant)
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (Joint applicant)
  • Institute of Economic Growth (Collaborator)
  • University of Ghana (Collaborator)
  • Jordan University of Science & Technology (JUST) (Collaborator)
  • The Open University of Sri Lanka (Collaborator)
  • University of Surrey (Joint applicant)
  • University of Southampton (Joint applicant)
  • Newcastle University (Joint applicant)
  • University College London (UCL) (Joint applicant)
  • University of Cambridge (Joint applicant)
  • The Centre of Excellence for Nutrition (CEN) (Sub-contractor)
  • International Water Management Institute (Joint applicant)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN (Sub-contractor)
  • Methods for Irrigation and Agriculture MIRRA (Sub-contractor)
  • Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern Africa (OSSREA) (Sub-contractor)
  • Rasselas Projects Limited (Sub-contractor)
  • The Rectors Committee of the Union of Myanmar (Joint applicant)
  • WASCAL (West African Science Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (Collaborator)
  • University of Greenwich (Sub-contractor)
  • Nile Basin Initiative (Joint applicant)
  • East African Power Pool (Joint applicant)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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  • IEEE Powertech 2019

    Mathaios Panteli (Co-Chair), Eduardo Martinez-Cesena (Co-Chair), Rodrigo Moreno (Co-Chair) & Pierluigi Mancarella (Co-Chair)

    23 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising event(s)Participating in a conference, workshop, exhibition, performance, inquiry, course etcResearch