New IWC Masters streams
Students choose one of the following streams:
Stream 1 - International development
- Capacity building and community development
- Water and sanitation
Stream 2 - Water, land and people
- Water and agricultural landscapes
- Collaborative planning
Stream 3 - Urban water
- Designing urban futures: climate, water and sustainability
- Urban metabolism – resource and energy recovery systems
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International development stream
Significant inequality in access to good quality water and sanitation persists globally between high and low income countries despite many decades of concerted efforts. Work to improve access is struggling to keep pace with the level of demographic changes resulting from the global drivers of population growth and urbanisation. Installed community-level water technologies frequently fall into disrepair as the institutional capacities and financing mechanisms necessary for sustainable service provision are not in place.
Students within this stream take specialist modules on 'water and sanitation' and 'community development and capacity building', and will be well equipped to pursue work with NGOs, government or aid agencies and consultancies to focus on development, water and sanitation and integrated water resource management.
Water, land and people stream
Water supports a complex range of environmental, ecological, agricultural, urban, cultural and industrial processes distributed across landscapes. As the population of the world grows towards an anticipated 9.3 billion people by 2050, landscapes are being increasingly characterised by unpredictable rainfall patterns, increasing risks of damaging drought and flooding, and competition for water to supply urban consumption, rural food production and industrial demands. The ability to understand, reconcile and negotiate tensions between communities and the environment, communities and industry, and rural and urban populations are now critical to the sustainable management of water resources, and the broader development of regional economies.
Students within this stream will take specialist modules on ‘water and agricultural landscapes’ and ‘collaborative planning’. They will be well equipped to work on some of the most difficult technical and social issues present in water resource policy and management, industrial and mining development, and indigenous and rural community engagement. There are career opportunities in government and indigenous agencies, not-for-profit sector, agricultural enterprise, mining and industrial enterprise, water utilities and environmental regulators.
Urban water stream
With 69% of the population of the world forecast to live in cities by 2050, the world is experiencing an unprecedented demographic process. This increasing spatial concentration of people poses significant problems in relation to managing the hydrological and ecological pressures placed on water and land systems from increased resource demands, and increased wastewater and runoff production.
However, the same spatial concentration also offers an opportunity to employ more integrated approaches to the design, governance and operation of infrastructure to recover water, energy and material inputs from waste streams including urban runoff; to combine storm flow treatment and retention features with the provision of urban liveability benefits through water sensitive urban design, and; in doing so to improve the resilience of our cities to climatic volatility and change.
Students within this stream will take specialist modules on ‘designing urban futures; water, climate and sustainability’ and ‘urban metabolism: energy and resource recovery technologies’ and be well equipped to work on the development and implementation of integrated urban water management for government agencies, water utilities, urban developers, consultancies.