Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Pacific Water Research Centre in the News

The vision of the Faculty of Applied Sciences’ Pacific Water Research Centre (PWRC) is to promote and mobilize research that addresses water issues on multiple scales ranging from local communities to national to global. In pursuit of this vision, PWRC connects critical findings from science and social science research with local knowledge. By supporting cross-disciplinary exploration at the interface of water science, social values, and public policy, the Centre provides a forum for advancing evidence-based research and concrete societal change.

In the news

Dushanbe Water Process: 2nd High-Level International Conference on International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”

Dr. Zafar Adeel, executive director of PWRC at Simon Fraser University, moderated an interactive panel at the conference entitled “Improving Knowledge, Education and Communication”. The panel provided a platform to discuss requisite actions and promising practices demonstrated to enhance water and water-related climate knowledge co-generation and synthesis, knowledge dissemination and education, and capacity towards more equitable and sustainable water resources management and access.

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Research, Teaching and Learning

Secured Futures

The secured futures project is a PWRC endeavor lead by Nastaran Arianpoo and Andrew S. Wright. The project is developing an understanding of the complex interactions between and trade-offs between food, water, energy, natural and cultural resources as the world transitions toward a low-carbon economic future.

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Providing Sustainable Potable Water and Greenhouse Crops

Water, energy and food security are some of the most pressing challenges to our global community. This project – funded through a prestigious Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Advanced Scholars (QES-AS) Program – addressed these issues by providing opportunities to changemaking researchers. The program aimed to strengthen and broaden existing partnerships with institutions in developing countries by enhancing their capacity around clean technologies that integrate water, energy and food security.

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Facts and Figures

  • 110 research publications relating to SDG 6, 2017-2022 (source: SciVal)
  • 151 research projects related to SDG 6 were funded from 2017 - 2022
  • Since the 2018/19 academic year, SFU has offered 5 courses relating to SDG 6, representing over 144 students



Water Conservation

SFU’s Burnaby campus uses approximately 680,000 m3 of potable water each year. The Water Tower acts as a reservoir for domestic water and firefighting for the campus. Over the years, Facilities Services has implemented several projects to reduce water consumption and improve water resource management.

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