UNSW Experts

Our water and environmental research draws on expertise across campus. The Faculty of Engineering has cutting-edge facilities related to water research with excellent analytical and pilot scale testing equipment in both the UNSW Water Research Centre and UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology on the Kensington Campus. Superb modelling and large scale testing facilities are located at the Water Research Laboratory at Manly Vale and sophisticated analytical instrumentation available through the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre. Water research activities in Engineering are complemented by those in the Faculties of Science, Law and Social Science making UNSW one of the largest water research hubs in Australia with coordination through the UNSW Global Water Institute. 


The Water Research Centre (WRC) is an international leading university centre that provides multidisciplinary research and specialist consulting in water resources, engineering, management and the development of tools for environmental management and sustainability for improving aquatic and atmospheric environments.

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The UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology (UCMST) was established as an Australian Commonwealth special research centre in 1988. In 1992, the Centre became a UNESCO Science Centre and is one of only four UNESCO Science Centres worldwide. UCMST has, over the years, established a strong network of technical liaison and collaboration within Australia and worldwide. A key element of the success of the Centre has been the recognition that sound experimental and theoretical analysis of fundamental properties of membranes and membrane systems is critical to the successful development of high performance membranes and membrane processes for municipal and industrial application.

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The UNSW Global Water Institute (UNSW-GWI) is a world leader in water research, innovation and problem solving. The Institute is a truly multi-disciplinary venture drawing on water expertise from seven faculties and 13 specialist centres across UNSW Sydney. 

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The Expanded Perception & Interaction Centre (EPICentre) is a pioneering high-performance visualisation facility that builds on decades of expertise in the design of interactive virtual environments, simulations and visualisation applications. EPICentre is a game changer for research relying on large data sets and for broad public engagement with advanced research. The EPI Centre’s potential applications and impact across mental health research, simulations, science advancements and science engagement are immense. Incorporating an array of interactive 3D environments, the EPICentre enables cross-connecting visualisation with applied computational simulation science, artificial intelligence, and creativity in arts and science. Located with the Art & Design campus of UNSW, the EPICentre houses some of the nations most advanced and innovative technologies.

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Professor John E. Fletcher is currently a Professor with UNSW Sydney in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. His research interests include distributed and renewable integration, silicon carbide electronics, pulsed-power applications of power electronics, and the design and control of electrical machines.

Prof. Fletcher is a Charted Engineer in the UK and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Professor Fletcher received a B.Engineering (first class Hons) and PhD in electrical and electronic engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, in 1991 and 1995, respectively. Until 2007, he was a Lecturer with Heriot-Watt University. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Senior Lecturer with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

Meet Professor John E. Fletcher and his team