CREW, Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Water

CREWCREW is a Scottish Government funded partnership between the James Hutton Institute and Scottish Universities, supported by MASTS.

CREW is a demand-driven service, managing the engagement with researchers to;

  • Deliver timely and accurate advice
  • Coordinate and fund research, analysis and interpretation
  • Stimulate innovative and proactive thinking
  • Develop an ethos of co-production and genuine knowledge exchange
  • Develop the networks and skills of researchers, policy makers and practitioners to make best use of available science leading to improved environmental, social and economic outcomes.

CREW runs the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation Scholarship Programme and Graduate School.  The Hydro Nation Scholars Programme is an open competition for PhD scholars to undertake approved cutting-edge water projects, hosted within Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.  These studies will help to create new expertise within Scotland and build our international profile.  For more information please visit the Hydro Nation Scholarship Programme website.

CREW established user groups around themes focussed on the main policy areas to help identify, prioritise and coordinate research and other activity between policy makers, their implementation partners and researchers. Crucially their establishment ensures that CREW projects deliver added value by informing not just for one user organisation but a wider partnership. Themes need to be flexible to reflect changing priorities within the policy community. Currently there are four themes driven by the main water policy drivers.

These include:

  • Sustainable Rural Communities
  • Drinking Water
  • Flooding & Coastal Erosion
  • River Basin Management Planning

To find out more visit CREW’s website HERE.

References: Crew. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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