Understanding institutional capacity for urban water transitions

Bettini, Yvette, Brown, Rebekah R., de Haan, Fjalar J. and Farrelly, Megan (2015) Understanding institutional capacity for urban water transitions. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 94 65-79. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2014.06.002

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Author Bettini, Yvette
Brown, Rebekah R.
de Haan, Fjalar J.
Farrelly, Megan
Title Understanding institutional capacity for urban water transitions
Journal name Technological Forecasting and Social Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0040-1625
Publication date 2015-05-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.techfore.2014.06.002
Volume 94
Start page 65
End page 79
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York NY United States
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Transitions management (TM) is emerging as an approach to governing complex sustainability problems. Critiques point to the need to understand dynamics of system change, particularly, with regard to actor agency at micro and meso scales. This paper begins to address this scholarly gap by first, developing an analytical framework of the institutional context of a transition that recognizes forms of agency. Second, a method to apply the framework to empirical cases of urban water socio-technical systems to map their institutional context is developed. The results revealed: i) ways to identify problematic features of current systems and underlying cognitive and normative frames, to assist with envisioning and transition pathway development, ii) a method of system analysis that can target leverage points for strategizing transitions agendas and experiments, and iii) a dynamic description of the system to assist with evaluating TM interventions and monitoring transitions. By providing a systems analysis cognizant of contextual dynamics and targeted to the knowledge needs of TM activities, this analytical tool shows promise for improving TM through further empirical application and research.
Keyword Transitions management
Institutional dynamics
Systems analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 26 June 2014

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