Research Group for the Promotion of Resilient Environmental, Water & Sanitation Technologies

The Development Technology in the Community Research Group (DTC), was established for the promotion of  Resilient Environmental, Water and Sanitation Technologies. It is supported by the School of Civil & Structural Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. DTC has completed research and advisory projects in Ireland, Europe, South America, Asia and West Africa.

Strategic Objective:
The  DTC Research Group promotes applied research programs for the Transfer of Resilient Environmental Technologies to areas in the world and indigenous groups where such technology is appropriate. The research outputs contribute to the DIT Research theme of Environmental Sustainability.

Knowledge Network & Partners:

We use our links with knowledge networks worldwide to assist partners to develop an integrated approach to sustainable technology and to facilitate country programs to link with a wider regional knowledge base and expertise. We also assist partners to develop information networks at local level on a village and district basis to institutionalise the learning and experience amongst  the users, implementing agencies, NGO’s and local and national government. The overall aim is to promote a demand for sustainable technologies and to empower communities to select appropriate solutions suitable to their cultural and individual needs.


News & Events 2018

#ARC2018: Achieving Resilient Cities & Communities 

"A workshop not a talkshop" 

Integrating Nature Based Solutions for Resilience

October 9th - Cities

October 10th- Communities 

DTC in association with Engineers Without Borders - Ireland and Habitat for Humanity are hosting the first of a series of one day conferences and workshops in October 2018. These are focused on utilising Nature Based Solutions to achieve resilient cities and communities. The conference series will feature a number of interational experts who will present NBS case studies from across Europe followed by a number of interactive workshops. The outputs from these workshops will be a NBS ToolKIT which will present a portfolio of NBS technologies, show where they are applicable, and will equipe the user with the skills to promote the inclusion of NBS technologies in their day to day work. 

These events are part of the European Union (EU) development education and awareness raising (DEAR) program (EuropeAid/151103/DH/ACT/Multi) and the "Build Solid Ground Campaign" which aims to inform and actively engage EU citizens in actions towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. 

The conference and workshops are CPD approved. Learn more & register on the Eventbrite page for 9th Oct:Cities & 10th Oct: Communities.


Download event poster ARC2018 Poster Final .

Download conference programme of events (Day 1 Day 2) and keynote speaker details #ARC2018 Speaker Details .

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DTC New Publications 2018

 Liam McCarton and Dr. Sean O'Hogain from the DTC Research Group have published a book showcasing Best Practice in using Nature Based Solutions for Water Management.  

NBS BOOK A Technology Portfolio of Nature Based Solutions - Innovations in Water Management

¿ Defines nature based solutions in terms of water source, contaminants, removal mechanisms and resource potential within the context of a Circular Economy

¿ Presents a technology portfolio of Nature Based Solutions collated from best practice within the European Innovation Action Group - NatureWat

¿ Offers a multidisciplinary approach to nature based solutions by bringing together social scientists, governance representatives and engineers

This book aims to define the concept of Nature Based Solutions (NBS) by using case studies from members of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Water Action Group - NatureWat. NBS is defined and characterized in terms of water source, contaminants, removal mechanisms and resource recovery potential. The case studies presented illustrate the appropriateness of NBS promoting climate resilience. Readers will discover a technology portfolio based on a number of demonstration sites in the fields of climate change adaption, water and wastewater treatment, resource recovery and re-use, and restoring ecosystems to promote the use of nature based solutions. The chapters in the book present a  multidisciplinary approach involving social scientists, governance representatives and engineers.

 To learn more and download the ebook click here: