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Associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and interim Director of the Future Water research institute at the University of Cape Town, University of Cape Town

A/Prof Kirsty Carden has a BSc (Chemistry), an MSc (Applied Science in Civil Engineering) and a PhD from the University of Cape Town. She has over 25 years of experience working in academia, for government and the private sector in the field of water quality management, and is a Fellow of the Water Institute of South Africa. She has been a researcher in the Urban Water Management research unit in the Department of Civil Engineering at UCT since 2004, and was appointed as the unit’s Research Officer in 2013. A/Prof Carden has been involved in various projects on integrated and sustainable approaches for addressing problems of water management in the urban areas of South Africa. She is currently Project Leader on three Water Research Commission projects. Her research interests include:

Urban water management and service provision.
Sustainability assessment in water management.
Integrated approaches geared towards sustainable urban development (e.g. Water Sensitive Urban Design, WSUD) and water sensitive cities / settlements.


  • –present
    Researcher, University of Cape Town

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Research Officer in the Urban Water Management research unit in the Department of Civil Engineering, and theme leader for the Future Water Institute
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation