Our lives depend on having sufficient, clean fresh water. But we can’t just assume its availability. More intensive agriculture, population growth and increased prosperity are all leading to greater demand for fresh water. Meanwhile, groundwater and surface water sources are being affected by pollution in the form of nutrients, crop protection agents, medicines and other micro-pollutants. Climate change is also altering patterns of evaporation and precipitation. The applied research group on Sustainable Water Systems explores these tensions. Through applied research, our objective is to safeguard access to sufficient clean fresh water for human consumption, nature, agriculture, recreation and industry. In partnership with VHL study programmes, the Centre of Expertise Water Technology (CEW), government agencies and public bodies, the private sector and industry associations, we’re developing applied knowledge, concepts and tools aimed at:
The research is transdisciplinary: core disciplines (water technology, eco-hydrology, toxicology and environmental economics etc) are being located within a general, societal context.
Everything published by the Sustainable Water Systems applied research group can be found on Greeni, the online library for the green universities of applied sciences.
Professor Peter van der Maas was trained as an environmental technologist at the Van Hall Institute and Wageningen University. He received his PhD on innovative technologies for capturing nitrogen. Throughout his career as a technologist, researcher and consultant, Peter has worked on many aspects of water treatment and water quality. He was appointed professor of Sustainable Water Systems at VHL in September 2017. He also works as a strategic advisor on water technology at WLN. Peter works with lecturers and students within the applied research group to conduct research that can help address the societal challenge of ensuring sufficient access to clean water for people, agriculture, industry and the natural environment, both now and in the future.
Aside from the professor, the knowledge network is made up of a core group of lecturers, researchers and other professors.
Members of the knowledge network
The advisory council for the applied research group
If you have any questions about the applied research group, please email [email protected] or call +31-(0)6 20 61 46 37.