About Us

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) is driving innovative, transdisciplinary research on the understanding and development of resilient food and water systems internationally.

Food and water security is increasingly threatened by factors such as climate and environmental change, loss of biodiversity, conflict and market volatility. New knowledge, policies and technologies are needed to develop systems that are more resilient to change and which ensure the health of our food and water supplies. Resilient systems are better able to bounce back from stresses caused by longer-term change or short-term events - be it natural processes such as flooding, or human impacts such as war or water pollution incidents.

Through its focus on food and water, the Centre’s research develops and integrates new knowledge in social, agroecological, hydrological and environmental processes, as well as the pivotal role that communities play in developing resilience. Unique to this Centre is the incorporation of citizen-generated knowledge - the participation of farmers, water users and other citizens in transdisciplinary research, using holistic approaches which cross many disciplinary boundaries. CAWR also aims to advance resilience science through creative work on a new generation of key issues linked to the governance of food systems, hydrological change, urban water, river processes, water quality and emerging pollutants.

We are undertaking research in the following areas:

Download our Brochure for more information on our work.

Our Team

We have a large and growing international team of researchers who bring expertise and wide ranging experiences to CAWR. This multidisciplinary team is further strengthened by our association with leading professionals in the Global arena by virtue of their links to CAWR as Honorary Research Fellows and Associates. Through our well-connected team, we have strong links with other academic institutions and organisations to which many of the team act as Advisers. We also have a growing team of PhD students who contribute to a vibrant and thriving research environment. Find out more via the links below.

Find out more about the staff and PhD researchers working at the centre and the work they are carrying out by visiting the PURE portal.

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Our Leadership


Professor Michel Pimbert

Executive Director  and Theme Leader: Enabling policies and institutions for resilient food and water systems


Professor Damian Lawler

Deputy Director, Professor of Hydrology and Theme Leader: Understanding fundamental underlying processes that confer resilience or lack of resilience


Dr Julia Wright

Associate Professor and Theme Leader: Resilient Food and Water Systems in Practice


Professor Moya Kneafsey

Professor in Food & Local Development and Theme Leader: Food & CommunitiesTheme Leader:  Community self-organisation for resilience


Professor Michael Warne

Professor of Ecotoxicology and Water Quality


Dr Alexandra Franklin 

Associate Professor, Water & Resilient Communities

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Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) contact details:

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+ 44 (0)2477 651679

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Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry, CV8 3LG

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