This significant new book highlights a little acknowledged but potentially catastrophic crisis of innovation in the global water sector, which institutions and industries are frighteningly ill-equipped to tackle or even accept. It suggests potential new technology and policy approaches to overcome both current and future problems.
The book explores how technological innovation is vital to help provide sustainable water in both the UK and developing countries. However, innovation is being overlooked in the face of global trends to privatize and regulate water utilities. The authors highlight how the global water sector is failing to respond to increasingly complex world needs and continues to build largely unsustainable centralized infrastructures, opposing more appropriate, distributed and local modern technologies. The book also includes suggestions for potentially innovative technology and policy solutions to meet escalating global water and wastewater demands. Importantly, the authors adopt a long-term perspective that crosses both disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and include an international comparative perspective, covering a diverse range of examples and countries.
This comprehensive book will have a broad appeal amongst researchers and academics with an interest in technology management, innovation studies, geography and development studies. It will also be a valuable asset for water regulators and governmental and non-governmental organisations working in this field.
Duncan A. Thomas, Research Associate, PREST, University of Manchester, UK and Roger R. Ford, former Associate Dean (Academic Enterprise) and Professor of Innovation and Technology Strategy, University of Salford, UK
Contents: 1. Introducing the Crisis of Innovation in Water and Wastewater 2. Water's Pervasive Role in the Development of Global Society 3. Technology and Innovation for Socio-economic Growth 4. Historical Development and Evolution of the UK Water Industry 5. Water Industry Technology and Innovation Frozen in Time 6. Potential for Sustainable Development in the Water Sector 7. Instances of the Crisis of Innovation in the UK 8. International Illustrations of the Crisis of Innovation 9. A New Paradigm and a New Programme of Action 10. Transforming the Inertia of Inevitability into Sustainability Appendix: Overview of Evidence Sources References Index