The Water Center (2018; University of Pennsylvania; 10 staff;

A collaborative research center focused on regional and global urban water issues that aims “to be the preeminent center that provides integrated real-world solutions to critical urban water problems. Supports the resiliency, sustainability and equity of urban water systems through guidance, assistance and by directing applied collaborative research.”


  • The Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center
  • Integrated Water Management for Cities
  • Challenges of Public Water Sector Utilities
  • Accelerating Transformational Change in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers
  • Drink Tap Philly
  • Framework & Tools for Quantifying Green Infrastructure Co-Benefits
  • Affordable Water in Great Lakes Cities
  • Philadelphia Case Study: Tap Program

Research Foci:

  • Urban Resilience and Sustainability
  • Integrated Watershed Management
  • Global Water, Sanitation and Public Health
  • Contaminants of Emerging Concerns (CECs)
  • Advanced Water Treatment Technologies and Smart Water Systems
  • Ecosystems, Water Quality and Biodiversity
  • Water Scarcity and Flood Management
  • The Food: Energy: Water (FEW) Nexus
  • Infrastructure Economics and Capital Financing
  • Water Law, Regulations and Governance: Science and Politics


Leadership: Howard Neukrug (Executive Director)