The objective of our research is to understand and develop strategies for resilient water cycle services. We develop knowledge to make water governance more integrated, participatory, adaptive and anticipatory. We study future scenarios for the watercycle, governance processes that anticipate these scenarios and increase response capacity, and management strategies and tools for a directed transition to a resilient watercycle.
Our experts help the water sector recognise and strategically respond to future threats and opportunities. We signal and monitor trends, develop scenarios and discuss appropriate response strategies with the water sector. In this way we provide direction to social developments in the watercycle.
Governance in the water sector
How can we achieve a governance process that anticipates future scenarios, reduces risks and increases response capacity? This question is at the heart of our research into the social and management aspects of collaborating with stakeholders in the urban watercycle. We help in the process of choosing the most effective form of collaboration and determining an own strategic role. We conduct research into participation processes and citizen engagement, so that water companies and waterboards can for example respond to the wishes of customers.
Management strategies and tools
We research management options and develop tools for a directed transition to a resilient urban watercycle. Using hydroinformatics, we quantify the impacts of (future) developments and calculate the technical management options. With City Blueprint, we assess the sustainability of the urban watercycle. The tool offers a starting point for a dialogue between the affected stakeholders for the purpose of defining the needed improvements.