Institutional Change for Water Management
drought and water shortages at other times led reforms and numerous institutional innovations for SEQ's water industry. This included the establishment of the Queensland Water Commission, and the substantial redesign of roles and responsibilities for regional water planning and management.
This project considered factors and relationships for building effective and efficient long-term institutional arrangements that will deliver our water needs in the future. This included consideration of context, roles and relationships, quality and efficiency, spatial scale and tools and instruments for actions.
The following research questions were analysed:
- What are the main stages in the evolution of water planning, policy and delivery responsibilities in SEQ since the late 1970s?
- What have been the professional, managerial and scientific knowledge bases that have provided the foundations for water planning, policy and delivery and how have these evolved during this period?
- What factors have facilitated or hindered local water recycling experiments in SEQ?
- What institutional conditions facilitate knowledge production and sharing for integrated water planning?
- What are key features of evidence-based deliberation to support integrated water planning in SEQ?
Key Publications and Products
The analyses in this project focussed on Institutional Arrangements for Water Management in South East Queensland, Institutional Capacity for Sustainable and Integrated Urban Water Management, Wicked Problems in Water Governance, the Water-Energy Nexus, Water Recycling, and Human Factors in Urban Water Systems Safety.
- Technical Reports 21, 22, 29, 38, 39, 45, 46 and 80
- Conference papers listed on the Alliance website
- Proceedings of the Alliance Science Forums
This project developed a platform of historical documentation which is relevant to the institutional restructuring of water in SEQ and wider afield. The recycling initiative review and boundary organisation theory may feed into the National debate on urban water, as well as local program delivery.
Professor Brian Head, The University of Queensland
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