Community Responses to Water Conservation Measures in Melbourne and Perth

Lara Werbeloff

Through this honours project, Lara explored the concept of sustainable urban water management by comparing the different institutional approaches to water scarcity that have been implemented in Melbourne and Perth.  The project focused on water restrictions and desalination as key institutional responses and explored whether the introduction of desalination undermined the positive behaviour change that the water restrictions had achieved in terms of water conservation.  Additionally, the research examined the social and political context that resulted in initially differing responses to drought within Melbourne and Perth, and the current preference for desalination as a solution to water scarcity in both cities.

Prof Rebekah Brown

Publications (link)

Institutions and OrganisationsUrban Water Governance Program