Utility Management Regulation & Policy

  1. Ideas on Water Utilities held by Public Officials: A Comparison of China and India Using Q Methodology

    Lead Researcher:
    Eduardo Araral
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    This study aims to explore the ideas on the management of water utilities that are held by local public officers. The aim of this research project is to show whether local public officers share a common ‘hegemonic’ view of water service provision or instead, they hold conflicting perspectives among themselves.

    We propose to carry out research among public officials of China and India. The proposed research builds on previous research by Araral and Asquer (2016) which compared and contrasted views of public utility officials in China and Italy.

    The research will employ Q methodology for accessing and analysing ideas on the regulation and management of water services. Q methodology is a statistical technique that helps identify the patterns of subjective perspectives held by a group of individuals (Stephenson 1953; Brown 1980).



  2. New Directions in the Public-Private Debate in the Water Sector

    Lead Researcher:
    Olivia Jensen
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    Building on recent papers reviewing PPPs in the water sector in Asia (Jensen 2016), an analysis of hybrid regulation (Jensen & Wu 2016) and a comparative analysis of water PPP concession performance under different ownership (Wu, Jensen & House 2016), this project aims to take forward our understanding of the role and impact of private sector management and finance of water utilities under PPP models.