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Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University

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Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) is a flagship research centre at Coventry University. CAWR, through its focus on food and water, develops and integrates new knowledge in social, agroecological, hydrological and environmental processes, as well as the pivotal role that communities play in developing resilience.

Today, the Centre is a thriving community of scholars and practitioners made up of 58 staff and 55 PhD students – roughly equal numbers of men and women from different parts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. And from its initial location on the main campus of Coventry University, CAWR is now based at Ryton where its offices and laboratory facilities are surrounded by organic gardens, fruit tree orchards, and organically farmed land that supplies vegetables to nearby town dwellers.

CAWR is an intellectually challenging and stimulating place. Our transdisciplinary research brings together a unique mix of natural and social sciences, and combines them with the local knowledge of farmers, water users, and other citizens. We use participatory research methods, which recognise the value of citizen knowledge and expertise. Our research not only lives up to traditional academic measures of excellence such as rigour, originality, and reliability. It also aims to solve real-world problems and have a positive impact on environment and society. Walking the talk of transdisciplinary ways of knowing and participatory research is certainly not easy – more needs to be done in the future! But in the past four years, CAWR’s community of practice has grown in confidence and started to make a difference through its transformative ways of working and thinking. Now the largest centre for agroecology research in the world, CAWR and its partners are generating a rich harvest of hope for the future.

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Postgraduate Research Programme

As a Doctoral Training Centre we offer bespoke training to our PhD students. Tailored work shops are run every year taking advantage of the breadth of knowledge and varied research areas of our staff. A Summer School also takes place with a strong focus on writing as well as sessions on surviving the PhD and time management. Learn more about this community.

Taught Masters programme

The MSc in Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty is structured according to the thematic pillars of our Centre’s research vision and is a multi and transdisciplinary course. Students are introduced to a range of different practical and theoretical approaches to equitable and sustainable food and water systems, crucial to environmental sustainability. See some our former students responding to some frequently asked questions.

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