UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Researchers at UCL IEDE part of new NERC-funded research on water management

7 August 2018

NERC grant awarded to new research into flood risk and water supply for new homes in London.


Professor Sarah Bell, Dr Nici Zimmermann and Dr Tse-Hui Teh (Bartlett School of Planning) are Co-Investigators on ‘The Community Water Management for a Liveable London’ (CAMELLIA) project led by Imperial College London. 

The five-year project aims to develop new tools for delivering integrated water management in London. CAMELLIA seeks to help all Londoners work together to reduce flood risk, improve health of our rivers and increase water security as the city grows. The project is supported by local communities, residents, local and national government, developers, water companies and consultancies.

The project is led by Dr Adrian Butler at Imperial College London, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey and the University of Oxford. Sarah will lead work on community engagement and Nici will contribute to systems dynamics modelling of London’s water.

The project received funding under the NERC Regional Impact of Science of the Environment programme, and has more than 20 partners. These include house builders, landlords, Thames Water, the GLA, London boroughs, the Environment Agency, Thames 21, CIRIA and engineering consultancies.

Sarah says:

This is a unique opportunity to bring together top-down and bottom-up approaches to improving quality of life in London while protecting our water resources and environment.

For more information about the project visit the UK Research and Innovation website.