Innovation and Adoption

Water management practice and its governance is framed by principles, value judgements and cultural beliefs. While these remain relatively stable, at times they can be challenged when their manifestations – physical technology and dominant practices – no longer meet water services needs of society. This research area focuses on these processes of innovation and adoption in order to better enable governance and management frameworks to respond to shifts in their operating conditions.

Using technological innovation diffusion, transitions theory, leadership and organisational change literatures, this thematic research seeks empirically tested strategies for making space for innovation and supporting its adoption. Such knowledge will aid the re-configuration of urban water systems from a technical to a governance level to create resilience and adaptive capacity.

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