Water Security

The ESHH lab studies the demands and pressures on water resources, and how these can be managed. Our research portfolio covers:

  • Managing trade-offs between water users
  • Building water supply resilience to climate change
  • Understanding and protecting against pollution of water bodies

The aim of our water security research is to promote sustainable environmental management of natural resources.



rq-ppProfessor Richard Quilliam
Professor of Environment and Health


oliverDr David Oliver
Associate Professor


vanessa.jpgDr Vanessa Moresco
Postdoctoral researcher


kathleen-pp1-1Kathleen Stosch
PhD Student


picture18Sarah Buckerfield
PhD Student


jJonathan Fletcher
PhD Student



Craig McDougall
PhD Student






Critical zone science in China


Building resilience to respond to future environmental change across Scottish catchments

Understanding hydrological and land-use controls on microbial pollution & human health risks in the South West China karst region

Optimising multi-pollutant phytoremediation strategies to sustainably improve raw water quality

The role of Scotland’s inland waters in promoting blue-health in rural communities


Selected Publications

Fletcher J, Willby NJ, Oliver DMQuilliam RS (2019). “Phytoremediation using Aquatic Plants” in Shmaefsky, BR. (Ed), Phytoremediation – In-Situ Applications (Advanced Concepts & Strategies in Plant Sciences), Springer Nature. ISBN978-3-030-00099-8. In press.

Zheng Y, Naylor LA, Waldron S & Oliver DM (2019). Knowledge management across the environment-policy interface in China: what knowledge is exchanged, why, and how is this undertaken? Environmental Science & Policy, 92, 66-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.09.021

Stosch KC, Quilliam RS, Bunnefeld N & Oliver DM (2019). Quantifying stakeholder understanding of an ecosystem service trade-off, Science of the Total Environment, 651, 2524-2534. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.090

Buckerfield SJ, Waldron S, Quilliam RS, Naylor LA, Li S & Oliver DM (2019). How can we improve understanding of faecal indicator dynamics in
karst systems under changing climatic, population, and land use
stressors? – Research opportunities in SW China. Science of the Total Environment 646, 438-447. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.292

Stosch KC, Quilliam RS, Bunnefeld N & Oliver DM (2017). Managing multiple catchment demands for sustainable water use and ecosystem service provision, WATER, 9, 677. Available here