Unlocking the Key Drivers Behind the Adoption of Adaptive Approaches in Water Utilities: A Design Science Study in Australia and the Netherlands

28 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2023

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Emily Ryan

Delft University of Technology

Nazli Yonca Aydin

Delft University of Technology

Jazmin Zatarain Salazar

Delft University of Technology

F.M.T. Brazier

TU-Delft

Abstract

Emerging qualitative approaches for coping with deep uncertainty in water utilities have gained attention. However, their practical application remains limited. To address this, a Design Science approach was used to interview utility practitioners in the Netherlands and Australia, along with decision-making experts. The interviews were analyzed using Grounded Theory, resulting in the Adaptive Approach Adoption (Triple-A) framework. This framework enables the evaluation of adaptive approach maturity and suggests strategies for increased adoption. The Triple-A framework informs adaptive planning, policy implementation, and provides recommendations for policymakers.

Keywords: Adaptive Planning and Policy, Water utilities, Deep Uncertainty

Suggested Citation

Ryan, Emily and Aydin, Nazli Yonca and Zatarain Salazar, Jazmin and Brazier, F.M.T., Unlocking the Key Drivers Behind the Adoption of Adaptive Approaches in Water Utilities: A Design Science Study in Australia and the Netherlands. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4502239 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4502239

Emily Ryan

Delft University of Technology ( email )

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Nazli Yonca Aydin (Contact Author)

Delft University of Technology ( email )

Jazmin Zatarain Salazar

Delft University of Technology ( email )

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Delft, 2628 CN
Netherlands

F.M.T. Brazier

TU-Delft ( email )

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