1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Urban Water Governance

    408 Pages 63 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of urban water governance.

    Of the many growing challenges presented by rapid urbanization, water governance is a critical one and while urban water governance is now regarded as a critical field of research, the literature is fragmented. For the first time, this handbook brings together urban water governance research, containing interdisciplinary contributions from established and emerging scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. It addresses the key questions of how urban water governance works, how is it shaped, and what the impacts are. The handbook's structure offers a progressive entry into the complexity of urban water governance. Starting with technical dimensions, the handbook addresses supply and demand, wastewater, and sanitation. It then considers regulation and economic factors, examining water utilities and services. Political processes, and the actors involved, are addressed and the handbook finishes with a part focusing on governance and sustainability, where chapters address critically important topics such as access to water, water safety, and water security.

    This handbook is essential reading for students, scholars, and professionals interested in urban water governance, urban studies, and water resource management and sustainability more broadly.

    List of Contributors

    Introduction- Urban Water Governance: Approaching a pressing environmental and social challenge

    Thomas Bolognesi, Francisco Silva Pinto, Megan Farrelly

    Part I: Technical and historical aspects of Water supply systems

    1. Urban water cycle and services: an integrative perspective
    2. Francisco Silva Pinto, Thomas Bolognesi, and Cristopher Gasson

    3. Traditional systems of drinking water delivery: technical aspects and sources
    4. Raziyeh Farmani and Chris Sweetapple

    5. Hybrid water supply systems: resilience and implementability
    6. Casey Furlong, Ryan Brotchie, Peter Morison, Lindsey Brown, Greg Finlayson

    7. Urban water supply and life cycle assessment
    8. Raphael Ricardo Zepon Tarpani and Alejandro Gallego Schmid

    9. Modelling Urban Water Infrastructure Renewal
    10. Yves Le Gat

    11. Territories and technologies: history and current trends of their interaction in urban water services
    12. Bernard Barraqué

      Part II: Technical and historical aspects of Wastewater systems

    13. Conventional systems for urban sanitation and wastewater management in Middle and High income countries
    14. Jennifer McConville

    15. Sanitation systems: Are hybrid systems sustainable or does winner takes all?
    16. Max Maurer

    17. Management of Urban Drainage Infrastructure
    18. Nelson Carriço, Maria do Céu Almeida, and João Paulo Leitão

    19. The history of technological change in urban wastewater management, 1830-2010
    20. Jonas Hallström and Martin V. Melosi

      Part III: Regulation and Economic perspectives

    21. Institutional perspectives on water services
    22. Sylvain Barone and Pierre-Louis Mayaux

    23. Fragmentation in Urban Water Governance: Navigating Legal and Normative Modalities
    24. Lee Godden

    25. Revisiting the theory on the regulation of water utilities: Evolution, challenges and trends
    26. Rui Cunha Marques

    27. Trends and comparisons of outcomes between public and privately owned utilities
    28. Germà Bel

    29. Institutional, economic, and spatial barriers to water services delivery in urban slums and informal settlements
    30. Ellis A. Adams, and William F. Vásquez

      Part IV: Political processes

    31. Actor networks in urban water governance
    32. Manuel Fischer, Karin Ingold, Mert Duygan, Liliane Manny, Katrin Pakizer

    33. Policy transfer in urban water management: evidence from ten BEGIN cities
    34. Jannes Willems, Ellen Minkman, William Veerbeek, Richard Ashley, and Arwin van Buuren

    35. Rethinking urban water governance and infrastructure in Europe: Challenges and opportunities of regionalization and organizational autonomy
    36. Eva Lieberherr, Frank Hüesker, and Katrin Pakizer

    37. Sustainability Transitions in Urban Water Management: Assessing the Robustness of Institutional Arrangements
    38. Aaron Deslatte, Margaret Garcia, Elizabeth A. Koebele and John M. Anderies

      Part V: Urban Water Governance and Sustainability

    39. Urban metabolism and water sensitive cities governance – Designing and evaluating water-secure, resilient, sustainable, liveable cities
    40. S.J. Kenway, M.A. Renouf, J. Allan, KMN Islam, N. Tarakemehzadeh , M. Moravej, B. Sochacka, S. Surendran

    41. Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Addressing Water Safety Challenges
    42. Xu Wang

    43. Political ecologies of urban water governance
    44. Julian S. Yates, Marc Tadaki, and Cristy Clark

    45. Territorial Integration and Innovation for Good Urban Water Governance
    46. Susana Neto

    47. Urban Water Security
    48. Joost Buurman

    49. Urban Water Quality and Chemical Pollution. New Emerging contaminants: Nanomaterials and Microplastics

    Serge Stoll and Stéphan Ramseier Gentile



    Thomas Bolognesi is a researcher at the Geneva School of Business Administration, HES-SO. His research investigates the processes of social-ecological systems evolution, emphasizing non-linearities and patterns diversity. He combines economics and public policy analysis to study the organization and effects of urban water services regulation, the development of water policy regimes, and water security.

    Francisco Silva Pinto is an Assistant Professor at Lusofona University (LU) and researcher at EIGeS, FE-LU, and CERIS, IST-UL. His research interests cover the application of numerical modelling and analytics to support decision making in governance, pricing, and finance of utilities (mainly water supply, wastewater, and waste) under critical socio-economic and environmental situations.

    Megan Farrelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Her research explores the intersection of urban water governance and sustainability transitions, focusing on processes and pathways for delivering practical and socio-institutional change towards sustainable urban transformations.