Management of Urban Stormwater: Advancing Program Design and Evaluation

(2006 – 2010)
Peter Morison

This PhD examined patterns of intergovernmental conflict and cooperation in the context of urban stormwater management in Australia, using the embedded case of metropolitan Melbourne.

The research looked at the web of relationships and contextual variables to understand the complex intergovernmental relations surrounding implementation of urban stormwater management, given the joint responsibility of various governmental actors for stormwater quality improvement.

The results revealed that intergovernmental conflict and cooperation was largely governed by commitment and capacity of municipalities. These organisational dispositions were linked to differences in wealth, education, presence or absence of environmental assets, and dominant professions within municipal departments.Drawing on these results, policy experts, and policy sciences & public administration literature, the research produced a conceptual model of intergovernmental program design and evaluation. This tool is situated in a governance framework to help policy makers and program designers identify mixed instruments and implementation styles that are sympathetic to these complex contextual relations and compare future designs between idealised and context depended forms of governance.

Click here to read the abstract of this PhD (PDF, 40KB)

Project Partner:
This research was supported by Melbourne Water, who are now using the research findings to improve the design and implementation of their stormwater programs with local municipal councils across Melbourne.

Prof Rebekah Brown and Prof Chris Cocklin

Morison P.J. (2010) Managing Urban Stormwater. PhD Thesis, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University.

Other publications (link)

Institutions and OrganisationsUrban Water Governance Program