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Sarah Ward

Associate Professor in Community Resilience (within CFCR)


Water loss management under data scarcity: Case study in a small municipality in a developing country (2020)
Journal Article
Oviedo-Ocaña, E. R., Dominguez, I. C., Celis, J., Blanco, L. C., Cotes, I., Ward, S., & Kapelan, Z. (2020). Water loss management under data scarcity: Case study in a small municipality in a developing country. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 146(3), https://doi.org/10.1061/%28ASCE%29WR.1943-5452.0001162

Urban areas are facing challenges for the provision of public services, with water scarcity arising as one of the main problems. A twin track approach of supply and demand management is essential, and water-loss management contributes to reducing wat... Read More about Water loss management under data scarcity: Case study in a small municipality in a developing country.

Embedding social inclusiveness and appropriateness in engineering assessment of green infrastructure to enhance urban resilience (2019)
Journal Article
Ward, S., Staddon, C., De Vito, L., Zuniga-Teran, A., Gerlak, A., Schoeman, Y., …Booth, G. (2019). Embedding social inclusiveness and appropriateness in engineering assessment of green infrastructure to enhance urban resilience. Urban Water Journal, 16(1), 56-67. https://doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2019.1633674

Urban resilience emerges not only from ‘what’ is done in relation to critical infrastructure systems, but in the ‘how’ of their conception, co-creation and integration into complex socio-ecological-technical systems. For green infrastructure, where o... Read More about Embedding social inclusiveness and appropriateness in engineering assessment of green infrastructure to enhance urban resilience.

Modelling the future impacts of urban spatial planning on the viability of alternative water supply (2019)
Journal Article
Hargreaves, A. J., Farmani, R., Ward, S., & Butler, D. (2019). Modelling the future impacts of urban spatial planning on the viability of alternative water supply. Water Research, 162, 200-213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.06.029

Greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting have the potential to increase the resilience of water management and reduce the need for investment in conventional water supply schemes. However, their water-savings would partly depend on the location a... Read More about Modelling the future impacts of urban spatial planning on the viability of alternative water supply.

Challenges of mainstreaming green infrastructure in built environment professions (2019)
Journal Article
Zuniga-Teran, A. A., Staddon, C., de Vito, L., Gerlak, A. K., Ward, S., Schoeman, Y., …Booth, G. (2020). Challenges of mainstreaming green infrastructure in built environment professions. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 63(4), 710-732. https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2019.1605890

© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Green infrastructure (GI) has been identified as a promising approach to help cities adapt to climate change through the provision of multiple ecosyst... Read More about Challenges of mainstreaming green infrastructure in built environment professions.

Challenges of researching showering routines: From the individual to the socio-material (2019)
Journal Article
Simpson, K., Staddon, C., & Ward, S. (in press). Challenges of researching showering routines: From the individual to the socio-material. Urban Science, 3(1), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci3010019

In the UK, water supplies are under pressure from climate, population and lifestyle change. Showering is the largest component of domestic water consumption. Young adults are high water-users at a transitional life-stage, when practices are dynamic,... Read More about Challenges of researching showering routines: From the individual to the socio-material.

Coping with drought: Perceptions, intentions and decision-stages of South West England households (2019)
Journal Article
Bryan, K., Ward, S., Barr, S., & Butler, D. (2019). Coping with drought: Perceptions, intentions and decision-stages of South West England households. Water Resources Management, 33(3), 1185-1202. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-018-2175-2

© 2019, The Author(s). As water supply in England increasingly faces threats of climate change, urbanisation and population growth, there is an imperative for household water users to be more resilient to extremes such as drought. However, since Engl... Read More about Coping with drought: Perceptions, intentions and decision-stages of South West England households.

Assisting global rainwater harvesting practitioners: A decision support tool for tank sizing method selection under uncertainty (2019)
Journal Article
Vargas, D., Dominguez, I., Ward, S., & Oviedo-Ocaña, E. R. (2019). Assisting global rainwater harvesting practitioners: A decision support tool for tank sizing method selection under uncertainty. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 5(3), 506-520. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8ew00707a

Rainwater harvesting (RWH) tank sizing can be an onerous task due to the range of available methods. This paper presents a simple, yet robust, end-user and design criteria-focused decision support tool, based on a comparison of 12 well established me... Read More about Assisting global rainwater harvesting practitioners: A decision support tool for tank sizing method selection under uncertainty.

Why doesn’t every family practice rainwater harvesting? Factors that affect the decision to adopt rainwater harvesting as a household water security strategy in central Uganda (2018)
Journal Article
Staddon, C., Rogers, J., Warriner, C., Ward, S., & Powell, W. (2018). Why doesn’t every family practice rainwater harvesting? Factors that affect the decision to adopt rainwater harvesting as a household water security strategy in central Uganda. Water International, 43(8), 1114-1135. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2018.1535417

© 2018, © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article investigates the reasons householders do, and don’t, adopt domestic rainwater harvesting (DRWH). Using a mixed-methods research approach,... Read More about Why doesn’t every family practice rainwater harvesting? Factors that affect the decision to adopt rainwater harvesting as a household water security strategy in central Uganda.

Water resources data, models and decisions: International expert opinion on knowledge management for an uncertain but resilient future (2018)
Journal Article
Ward, S., Borden, D. S., Kabo-Bah, A., Fatawu, A. N., & Mwinkom, X. F. (2019). Water resources data, models and decisions: International expert opinion on knowledge management for an uncertain but resilient future. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 21(1), 32-44. https://doi.org/10.2166/hydro.2018.104

© 2019 The Authors. Assessing the resilience of water resources systems requires knowledge of properties and performance, which depends on data availability and use within models and decision making. Connections between data, models and decision maki... Read More about Water resources data, models and decisions: International expert opinion on knowledge management for an uncertain but resilient future.