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Research interests

EScGD has the aim of defining, developing and analyzing the applied use of conceptual, mathematical and statistical models for the support of multi-criteria decision making in the provision of services of water, sanitation and energy.

In particular, we focus on the different stages of the information cycle, from data to action: collection, processing, modelling, analysis, post-processing and use of results for an effective improvement in the sustainable provision of these basic services.

This global objective is addressed from a triple perspective: i) the sustainability and level of service to the individual, family and community; ii) the role of technological innovation in the different stages of the provision of the service; and iii) the organizational structure and the productive sector.

(1) Sustainability and levels of service of water and energy provision. We work on two main research questions: i) how to define, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the different attributes that condition the sustainable and equitable provision of water, sanitation and energy services?, ii) how to integrate advanced data analysis techniques into decision making and improve the management of these services? 

(2) Appropriate technology for the low cost provision of water and energy services. We work on two main research questions: i) what are the most reliable technologies and how can we ensure quality in the microgeneration of electricity, thermal energy and water quality in rural water supply and sanitation?, ii) how can we ensure the technical quality of low cost under-supervised services? 

(3) Productive industry and industrial organization We work on three main research questions: i) what are the key areas of industrial organization for improving the renewable energy and potable water value chains?, (ii) what opportunities do basic water and energy provision offer to promote decent employment and the sustainable growth of communities?, (iii) what business and business development strategies promote responsible energy and water production and consumption?