Journal article

Understanding institutional capacity for urban water transitions

Yvette Bettini, Rebekah R Brown, Fjalar J de Haan, Megan Farrelly



Transitions management (TM) is emerging as an approach to governing complex sustainability problems. Critiques point to the need to understand dynamics of system change, particularly, with regard to actor agency at micro and meso scales. This paper begins to address this scholarly gap by first, developing an analytical framework of the institutional context of a transition that recognizes forms of agency. Second, a method to apply the framework to empirical cases of urban water socio-technical systems to map their institutional context is developed. The results revealed: i) ways to identify problematic features of current systems and underlying cognitive and normative frames, to assist with ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the contribution of the interview participants from across Perth and Adelaide, and the funding and support provided by the Western Australian Department of Water. We thank the three anonymous reviewers for their insightful and constructive comments and suggestions. This research formed part of a broader doctoral research project conducted while the corresponding author was located at Monash University.Dr de Haan's contribution to the research was made possible in part through funding under the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects Scheme (project number LP120100683) under which he is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship Industry (APDI).