The future of water poses one of the most complex challenges we face as a nation and a global community. The ANU Institute for Water Futures is an interdisciplinary research institute created to respond to this challenge. Established in 2020, our Institute unites researchers and students from across the ANU to investigate strategies for how we can manage water to meet environmental, economic and cultural needs over the long term.

At IWF we adopt a futures-focused and collaborative approach. Our research encompasses advanced technologies, modelling, the social and natural sciences, governance, economics and policy. By harnessing expertise from different fields, we strive to create innovative tools and foster novel perspectives. Our ultimate goal is to adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and other external influences, ensuring the sustainable management of this vital resource.

Through effective engagement, we work to ensure that our research influences practice, policy and attitudes and, in doing so, helps to shape a future of sustainable and equitable water stewardship.

The Australian National University Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian P. Schmidt

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.