Water Sensitive Cities – International Study Tour 2009

In 2009, Monash University supported Susan van de Meene, a PhD student with the Urban Water Governance Program, to attend a Water Sensitive Cities Study Tour. A group of fifteen young Australian water professionals from diverse disciplinary backgrounds travelled to the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and Singapore in search of inspiration and ideas that could assist in the creation of a ‘Water Sensitive City’.

Their tour focused on learning about:

  • Innovative design and delivery of integrated water management / water sensitive urban design;
  • Integrated resource management (water, energy, waste); and
  • The drivers and strategies for such change (political, social, economic, technological, environmental, legal).

The tour also aimed to strengthen the knowledge-sharing networks that are so vital for bringing about change and adoption of best practice approaches to address the pressing challenges facing cities in Australia and around the world. The study tour was supported by a range of leading Australian water industry authorities and businesses, councils and research organisations from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

On return from the tour, Susan reflected on her experience, “The Study Tour demonstrated to me how powerful the passion, creativity and persistence of individuals can be in achieving Water Sensitive Cities.”

Since returning the group has worked collaboratively to take their experiences and learnings forward in two reports focused on defining a vision for a Water Sensitive City, and documenting the ideas and inspirations they saw for making such a vision a reality.  The group has also made numerous presentations to industry groups to disseminate what they learnt.

You can download these reports below, and find out more about the study tour and its participants at www.watersensitivecities09.com

Reports:

  • Allan A., Barich N., Brennan M., Catchlove R., DeSilva N., Duncan L., Ewert J., Hardy M., Holmes L., Kaye E., Kinnear L., Lee A., Tay J., Walker S. and van de Meene S. (2009) A Vision for A Water Sensitive City, Report 1 of the 2009 transition to a Water Sensitive City Study Tour. PDF (1.8 MB)
  • Allan A., Barich N., Brennan M., Catchlove R., DeSilva N., Duncan L., Ewert J., Hardy M., Holmes L., Kaye E., Kinnear L., Lee A., Tay J., Walker S. and van de Meene S. (2009) Ideas for a Water Sensitive City, Report 2 of the 2009 Transition to a Water Sensitive City Study Tour. PDF (2.9 MB)