A research project funded by the European Commission 


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About WaterTime

WaterTime Team


WaterTime Team:

Research Partners
The interdisciplinary team of researchers involved in the project is drawn from different parts of Europe - Spain, the UK, Germany, Finland, Hungary - and brings together expertise from a range of different areas, including economics, political science, environmental science, law, and water institutions.

Steering Committee
The Watertime project is overseen by a steering committtee with representatives from consumer organizations, environmental organizations, and trade unions.

European Commission
WaterTime is funded by the European Commission under the Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development Section of the Fifth Framework Programme.


Research Partners:

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PSIRU, University of Greenwich, UK

PSIRU undertakes empirical and policy research into the restructuring of public services across Europe and around the world. It maintains an extensive database on privatisation, and produces public policy reports on sectoral and regional developments.
ERL, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain The ERL conducts teaching, research and consultancy around the core subjects of work, employment and society. Its multidisciplinary team has conducted research in Spain and internationally in the fields of public finance, administration and water.

Institute of Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology (IEEB), Tampere University of Technology, Finland

IEEB has carried out research on water sector institutions and organisations for the past 18 years, in Finland, Europe and developing countries, and part of IEEB has developed the path-dependency analysis of decision-making using a past-present-future axis.

International Water Affairs, Hamburg, Germany
(email only)

IWA is a consultancy specialising in water management, international water law and politics, whose work is centered on multi-disciplinary assessment of water-related EU Directives and their expected influence on European water policies. Its work combines technical, legal, cultural and natural science expertise and integrates it with political analysis.

Eötvös József College, Budapest, Hungary

The College has educated water engineers and managers for 40 years, and its courses for both civil and environmental engineers include specific preparation for management, decision-making and information management.

The WaterTime project is coordinated by PSIRU, University of Greenwich:
PSIRU, Business School, University of Greenwich,
Park Row Greenwich, London SE10 9LS.  


  Steering Committee:

Consumers International  
European Environmental Bureau (EEB)  
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)  
European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation (CEEP)  
European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)  
the Consumers Protection Association of Romania  
the municipal water utility of Cordoba, Spain (EMACSA)  


  European Commission:

WaterTime is a research project supported by the European Commission under the
Fifth Framework Programme (FP5)
and contributing to the implementation of the
Key Action 4: City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage,
Thematic Priority 4.1.2: Improving the quality of urban life, within
Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (EESD).


Contract No: EVK4-2002-0095

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