Prof Rebekah Brown – Seminar

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Date(s) - 21 Nov 2012
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Telstra Conference Centre


Water Sensitive Cities: Considering the social and institutional ingredients for mainstreaming sustainable technologies.

The role of people and institutions is central to mainstreaming sustainable technologies. Yet there is a distinct lack of understanding and empirical evidence on the social and institutional changes during transition processes from conventional to more sustainable practices.

Urban water governance research at the School of Geography and Environmental Science over the last seven years has revealed an important interplay between the strategic actions of people and organisations, and their institutional context for enabling such transitions.

This presentation will reflect on these findings focussing on urban water management in Melbourne over the last four decades. In particular, the following enabling features of how to potentially shape the direction, strength and reach of transition processes will be discussed: i) the role of leader networks from multiple sectors, ii) the simultaneous use of creative and disruptive institutional strategies, iii) coordinated science, policy and operational bridging organisations, and iv) significant demonstration and learning projects.