Hydro Nation: annual report 2020

Records the development of Scotland's Hydro Nation policy agenda and reports on progress since the publication of the sixth annual report in 2019.

Annex C: Hydro Nation Scholars

Scholar Cohort Project University
Kathleen Stosch 2015-20 Building Resilience to Respond to Future Environmental Change Across Scottish Catchments.
Community Impact: Better understanding of the complex interactions in catchment management will contribute to strategies to improve resilience and reduce harmful outcomes impacting on those living in catchments.
Carolin Vorstius 2015-22 (p/t) Safeguarding and Improving Raw Water Quality by Increasing Catchment Resilience.
Community Impact: Better integrated catchment resilience enhances environmental protection and reduces treatment costs resulting from compromised catchments.
Dundee and
James Hutton Institute
Scholar Cohort Project University
Valerio Cappadona 2016-20 Can Waste Water Treatment Plants Cope with Future Nanoparticle Loading Scenarios?
Community Impact: Improved understanding contributes to strategies to more efficient and effective treatment understanding the impact of nano-particles on treatment will help optimise plant efficiency, reduce costs and protect receiving waters thereby enhancing the natural environment for communities with receiving waters.
Lydia Niemi 2016-20 Assessment of the Degradation Pathway, Persistence & Eco-Toxicological Impacts of Human Pharmaceuticals to the Aquatic Environment.
Community Impact: efficient removal of pharmaceuticals reduces treatment cost to support improved environmental & public health & reduced impact on receiving waters.
Highlands & Islands
Kirsty Holstead 2016-20 Governing Water One Drop at a Time: Responses to, and Implications of, Community Water Management in Scotland & Beyond.
Community Impact: will help optimise community engagement to protect and maintain raw water quality, improving quality of supply and reduce treatment in remote rural communities.
St Andrews and
James Hutton Institute
Jonathan Fletcher 2016-22 (p/t) Optimising Multi-Pollutant Phytoremediation Strategies to Sustainably Improve Raw Water Quality.
Community Impact: Contribution to increased raw water security will develop more sustainable and innovative treatment options, reducing environmental impact and costs.
Bhawana Gupta 2016-20 Tackling the challenge of the water, food, energy nexus in India & Scotland.
Community Impact: Through improved understanding, project will contribute to better cross-sectoral approaches to improve the livelihood of rural communities.
Dundee and
James Hutton Institute
Scholar Cohort Project University
Sughayshinie Samba Sibam 2017-21 Epidemiology of Private Drinking Water Supplies in Scotland.
Community Impact: The primary aim of this project is to have a better understanding on the relationship of water contamination by microbial pathogens in PWS, with the incidence of gastrointestinal diseases.
Lucille Groult 2017-21 Socio-Legal Responses to the Challenges of Contaminants of Emerging Concern.
Community Impact: The objective is to improve availability of “safer” products and assess feasibility of potential legal improvements. Furthermore, the project will look for ways to support consumers to make informed choices.
Victoria Porley 2018-22 Water Purification in Rural India Using Sunlight and Low-Cost Materials.
Community Impact: The objective will be proof-of-concept of a low-cost, solar photocatalytic materials and system, enabling future roll-out of the approach in rural India and in other developing countries with similar communities and climates.
Craig McDougall 2018-22 The Role of Scotland's Inland Waters in Promoting Blue-Health of Rural Communities.
Community Impact: The objective, through a programme of integrated natural and social science research, is to determine how future scenarios of land use and climate change might alter the blue health impacts (positive and negative) of inland waters for communities.
Scholar Cohort Project University
Kerr Adams 2018-22 The Scottish Water Landscape and Its Resilience to Change: An Assessment to Support Future Policy.
Community Impact: The objective is to provide a systematic insight into the future of Scottish land use/management/industry and its relationship with water quality and quantity, and provide the necessary evidence (for national strategy, planning and policy) of the resilience of policy and management options to uncertain drivers of change.
Elliot Hurst 2018-22 Adaptive Engineering Solutions to Water Abstraction and Control for Developing Countries.
Community Impact: The objective is to provide solid evidence to support best practice guidance for rural communities on the application and adaptive needs of wetland treatment systems utilising different vegetation types, and how effectiveness may vary across wet and dry seasons.
Stirling and
James Hutton Institute
Hanna Peach 2018-22 Optimising Microbial Communities for Removal of Priority Chemical from Water.
Community Impact: The objective is to characterise in detail the degradation of the OMPs diclofenac and triclosan by microbial biofilter communities formed in a range of Scottish source waters. This information is an essential prerequisite for targeted design of biofilter microbial communities for OMP degradation.
Edinburgh and
James Hutton Institute
Scholar Cohort Project University
Sydney Byrns 2019-23 Co-developing strategies to promote inclusive water governance in Malawi
Community Impact: Through cross-scale analysis of social network structure, dynamics, and beliefs, this project aims to strengthen national and institutional water policies together with the methods of providing feedback between water sector stakeholders, with the objective of this leading to more adaptive water governance in Malawi.
Julius Cesar Alejandre 2019-23 Blue-green prescribing for a healthier population and a healthier water environment
Community Impact: The study aims to investigate the feasibility of adopting a blue green prescribing strategy in local health boards by examining the components of existing models of prescribing green pharmaceuticals and blue space interventions; mapping out key stakeholders and policies that influence the uptake of pharmacological and non-pharmacological prescribing; and analysing viewpoints of stakeholders about blue green prescribing. This information is useful in the development of a bespoke blue green prescribing strategy that fits in the context of Scottish healthcare system and considers behavioural, environmental, social, and systemic facets of intervention adoption.
Glasgow Caledonian
Rita Noelle Moussa 2019-23 Conversion of wastewaters and organic waste into chemicals, energy, and organic fertiliser
Community Impact: The objective is to establish an anaerobic digestion process for the bio-decomposition of wastewaters and organic waste to be able to provide cleaner and healthier water before being discharged into the environment. Moreover, the process will produce valuable chemicals such as ethanol, short chain organic acid for industrial use and hydrogen, methane for energy production (biofuel and electricity).
Diana Souza Moura 2019-23 Microplastics as a vector for micropollutants in aquatic environments.
Community Impact: Affect societal attitudes in respect of the use of plastics and provide tools to influence policies by understanding the mechanism of interaction between microplastics and natural toxins, such as microcystins, and pharmaceuticals, as well as the effect of microplastics loaded with micropollutants on aquatic biota in freshwater, and the potential dangers of underestimating these pollutants in drinking water as current water sampling protocols do not account for adsorbed pollutants.
Robert Gordons



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