POLICY, FINANCING AND SOCIETY

LEADER
Paul Jeffrey
Our principal ambition in Work Area 2 is to support the development and assessment of adaptive potential in the governance and socio-economic regimes which shape urban water provision. Existing physical and institutional infrastructures are, by their very nature, conservative and resist change. A step change is urgently required in the capacity of the water sector to respond to contemporary challenges, one which requires a deeper understanding of how innovative solutions are generated, evaluated and embedded in existing systems. Work Area 2 will deliver innovations to drive this step change through a targeted and scientifically authoritative programme of research, knowledge brokering and intervention.
The diversity and gravity of current challenges to sustainable urban water service provision suggest that the near future will see wide ranging changes to related governance and socio-economic arrangements. Local circumstances and existing systems (natural, engineered, and socio-political) will influence what sort of changes are considered desirable and feasible, and will also constrain communities' ability to realise more sustainable futures. A step change is urgently required in the capacity of the water sector to respond to contemporary challenges, one which requires a deeper understanding of how innovative solutions are generated, evaluated and embedded in existing systems. WA2 will deliver innovations to drive this step change through a targeted and scientifically authoritative programme of research, knowledge brokering and intervention.
The TRUST Approach
Our activities have been designed on the premise that present water management regimes are not sufficiently adaptive to adequately respond to a rapidly changing environment. Our programme of work distinguishes between the development of adaptive capacity and the exploitation of that capacity. It also pays particular attention to the functions of and trade-offs between mitigation and adaptation measures, emphasising the identification and deployment of 'No-regrets solutions'. Enhancing the adaptive capacity of water management systems relies on iterative, evaluative and inclusive management approaches as part of a long-term process of testing and refining a wide spectrum of appropriate responses.

We will deliver guidance on appropriate stakeholder engagement, collaborative planning / management, regulation, and policy as well as skills and competence capacity building. Outputs from Work Area 2 will shape governance regimes which are fit for purpose, able to compose policies which meet the needs of communities and design interventions which promote resilience and sustainability. The TRUST project explicitly recognises the fact that the notion of government as the single decision making authority has been replaced by a multi-scale, polycentric governance model. Work Area 2 develops tailored tools to exploit the opportunities related to the coordination and steering of a wide range of actors.
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