Energy, waste and water

Access to energy and clean water is vital to human well-being, yet rapid urbanisation creates significant challenges for securing reliable access to these critical resources for its residents.

Traditional water treatment technologies are energy intensive, making it hard to achieve a goal of supplying water and energy needs sustainably.

Smart cities must offer opportunities to adopt technological solutions across the supply-chain including changing approaches to production/ supply, distribution and demand.  This includes the development and adoption of:

  • low-carbon energy sources
  • efficient and robust distribution technologies
  • novel water supply and purification systems (including wastewater treatment)
  • sensor technologies to manage demand in real time.

Smart infrastructure design involving green-building and green-precinct water sensitive urban design principles can dramatically decrease energy demand for heating and cooling, as well as capturing stormwater runoff that traditionally leads to flooding and declines in waterway health. If the stormwater runoff is managed differently, it can be used to recharge groundwater supplies and support vegetation to combat the urban heat island.


We are eager to work with people and organisations on research that fits this theme. Some possible research examples might be:

  • how can water requirements for agriculture, cities and the environment be met sustainably?
  • how can green cities reduce water and energy demands and improve human well-being?

If you have an idea for research and want to be a part of our network, contact us with your ideas.


We are able to undertake work for organisations and governments. Talk to us about how we can help you. Some examples include:

  • analysis of data and provision of reports to advise on planning for water security and allocation, or smart-senor technology for demand management
  • feasibility studies – for example, water purification and wastewater treatment or low carbon production.

Research partners

La Trobe Academics

You can download the complete file of one-page profiles for La Trobe Academics here [PDF 1.3MB]

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur Academics

You can download the complete file of one-page profiles for IIT Kanpur Academics here [PDF 1.1MB]

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani Academics

You can download the complete file of one-page profiles for BITS Pilani Academics here [PDF 1.3MB]