The Future of Water UK TimelineNov062017
Category: Outreach

The Future of Water UK Timeline

By: Richard Watson, Anna Cupani

Why develop a future timeline for water?

Water as a resource is highly threatened, at the same time, it is a precondition for human existence. As a team, we wanted to explore new perspectives on the future of water beyond the often-dystopic visions. We spent two months researching weak signals across social, environmental, economic, and technological areas connected to the future of this space. These events and ideas have been organised into streams that flow from the present into probable and possible futures. The visualisation aims to create a one-page graphical view of the future of water and its potential trajectories in the UK. We hope that you can use this timeline to drive fresh thinking on the future of water, to impact the way we might engage, interact, and consume this resource in the years to come.



The Future of Water Timeline was conceived and created by Richard Watson (Now and Next), Anna Cupani (Tech Foresight Research Manager), and key stakeholders in the water space with academic input and feedback from Ana Mijic (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Christoph Mazur (Chemical Engineering) and powered by Imperial Business Partners.


Tech Foresight uses the rigour of breakthrough academic technology research and the intelligence of a world-class institution to connect corporate partners with challenging, proactive, and engaging visions of the future. By doing this, we help executives decipher how emerging technologies may impact their business.