Institutional barriers to transitions in urban water management
In the first focus area, we analyze the institutional structures from global to local levels that hinder/support the uptake of innovative solutions in urban water management. This work is based on two interrelated research projects on ‘global socio-technical regimes in the water sector’ (GLORIWA) and ‘institutional barriers to on-site water reuse’ (BARRIERS).
Global innovation dynamics in clean-tech sectors
The second focus area assesses how entrepreneurial actors create and exploit global networks to create supportive environments for clean-tech innovation. A key focus here is on global innovation system building and technology legitimation strategies that shape the uptake of renewable energy, on-site water recycling or direct potable reuse technologies in various parts of the world.
Transitions to sustainable development
A third focus area analyzes whether and how infrastructure transitions may be steered in the direction of increasing sustainability. We are developing a conceptual framework for analyzing the long-term transformation of coupled social-ecological and socio-technical systems. In this work we combine sustainability science’s frameworks for sustainability assessment in coupled human-natural systems with transition literature’s rich conceptualization of transformative change in socio-technical systems.