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Governance experimentation: A descriptive analysis of translating sustainable urban water management in practice

JJ Bos, RR Brown, MA Farrelly, FJ De Haan

WSUD 2012 - 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design: Building the Water Sensitive Community, Final Program and Abstract Book | Published : 2012


The necessity of a shift towards more sustainable urban water management is widely advocated. However, how to generate such a fundamental change in practice is poorly understood. There is a growing body of literature claiming that social learning is of high importance in overcoming system lock-in and enabling restructuring of social-technical systems. In particular, governance experimentation which explicitly aims to develop and/or strengthen informal societal networks is seen to enable translation of sustainability ideas into practice. However, this type of experimentation requires a very different dynamic within societal relations when compared to traditional experimentation. Hence, it nec..

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