Dutch-Australian Sustainable Urban Water Futures Partnership

(2006 – current)

This co-operative research project between the Urban Water Governance Program, the Living with Water research program in the Netherlands and TU Delft in particular, and now the Flood Resilience group at UNESCO-IHE aims to compare sustainable urban water management practices across Australia and the Netherlands.

By contrasting local priorities against global phenomena, the research partnership seeks to understand how resilience can be built at both technical and socio-institutional levels to the urban effects of climate change. It hopes to identify some common factors most likely to advance progress toward more Water Sensitive Cities.

The first phase of this research was conducted as a Masters by Research project which compared enabling and constraining conditions for realising sustainable urban water management practice in new urban developments in Australia and the Netherlands. This research will be built upon through a PhD project (Jeroen Rijke) which will deliver building blocks for effective governance for creating more flood and drought resilient urban water practice in the Dutch and Australian context. A comparative case analysis of the network structures and dynamics, the leadership and transitioning processes, and the advocacy strategies of individuals and organisations in the cities of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney will be compared to a similar study in the Netherlands.

Research Team:
Prof Rebekah Brown, Prof Chris Zenvenbergen, Dr Peter Morison, Assoc Prof Frans ven de Ven and Mr Jeroen Rijke

Associated Postgraduate Research:

Project Partners:
UNESCO-IHE (the Netherlands) and Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands)

Publications (link)

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