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Testing a strategic action framework: Melbourne's transition to WSUD

BC Ferguson, FJ De Haan, RR Brown, A Deletic

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


This paper provides the first empirical testing of a conceptual framework proposed as a basis for informing the design of strategic action for enabling a transition in urban water systems towards water sensitive practices. This Strategic Action Framework integrates transitions, resilience and institutional theories to provide insight into how actors can influence system dynamics to facilitate transitional change. The paper applies the framework to the case of stormwater management in Melbourne from 2000, in which mainstream practice has transitioned from traditional piped drainage for flood prevention to Water Sensitive Urban Design for improving stormwater quality before it enters downstrea..

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