Sustainability Transitions in the Developing World: Exploring the Potential for Integrating Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems in the Sub-Saharan Cities

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandlingForskning

With the progression of climate change, urban stormwater management infrastructure will come under pressure. There is doubt about the ability of conventional centralised stormwater management systems to adequately manage projected increases in precipitation and attention in the urban water management sector is turning towards decentralised green infrastructure-based approaches such as Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).

This PhD thesis explores the potential for sustainability transitions towards more sustainable urban water management (SUWM) through the integration of SUDS mainly from the perspective of developing world cities, most of which currently face infrastructure deficits and, to a lesser extent, from the perspective of developed cities
which are faced with ageing infrastructure and seeking infrastructure renewal options.

Results indicate that the potential for integrating SUDS and moving towards SUWM differs according to context. For developing cities with infrastructure deficits like Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam, most opportunities for socio-technical change lie in more bottom-up emergent change as urban water management regimes may not have adequate capacity. For cities like Johannesburg and Copenhagen with more adequate capacity, change towards SUWM is most likely to be a result of endogenous transformation activities of the urban water management regime. The main contribution of this thesis is in providing an engagement of sustainability transitions concepts with the analysis of urban water management sectors in the global South thus widening the geography of the empirical work in transition studies, as well as highlighting the applicability of approaches such as SUDS to Sub-Saharan cities.
ForlagDepartment of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
Antal sider150
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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