This special issue explores transitions in urban water; a sectoral context that provides a comprehensive and representative setting for exploring the dynamics of sustainability transitions. Not only are the ecological, social and technical facets inextricably meshed in urban water systems, in various cities sustainability innovations are gaining legitimacy and taking off against a backdrop of a sector characterised by strong technological and institutional path dependencies. This has the concerted attention of urban water scholarship but not yet transitions studies; this special issue therefore suggests taking steps towards a global, coherent focus for studying urban water sustainability transitions and provides thought-provoking inputs from eight internationally diverse articles, authored by researchers from both urban water and transitions research communities and bring a range of transition perspectives. This editorial reflects upon these contributions, individually and as a whole, to draw synthesised insights, challenges and new ways forward for the study of sustainability transitions.


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Last updated: 14th Jun 2016