Thrust C

Innovative transitions for sustainable urban water management

Activities under Thrust C explore how cities can intentionally foster the widespread adoption of infrastructure, development patterns, consumer behaviors, and management practices that advance sustainable water management. To understand overcoming barriers to adoption of sustainable solutions, the social and behavioral systems that govern change are investigated.

Components of the system include the actors, preferences, policies, institutions and other elements that shape outcomes at multiple scales from the site to the metropolis. Theories of urban change are studied to understand the social networks that shape water systems, the dynamics of household innovation, and the processes of large scale urban change.

A particular emphasis of the projects in Thrust C is understanding best practices for integration of urban planning with urban water management.