PhD Defence Mireia Tutusaus Luque

  • 10 Dec 2019
  • 14:00 - 15:30
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
Western Europe

On Tuesday 10 December 2019, the Public Defence and Awarding Ceremony of Ms Mireia Tutusaus Luque, from Spain will take place. Professor Margreet Zwarteveen is her promotor and Dr Klaas Schwartz her co-promotor.

The title of her thesis is

Compliance or Defiance? Assessing the implementation of policy prescriptions for commercialization by water operators

14.00 - 15.30             Presentation & Public Defence ceremony in the ‘Agnietenkapel’ of

                                  UvA, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 – 231, 1012 EZ Amsterdam



Whereas the global water community may have reached consensus on the need for water providers to operate on the basis of commercial principles, staff of water utilities are faced with the challenge of implementing these principles in their everyday work. In the everyday domain, these principles appear to directly conflict with the mandate of water operators to provide water services to all. Moreover, the socio-political, economic and bio-physical context in which these water operate may be ill-suited to implement commercialization. In pursuing commercialization these operators adapt, reinterpret, modify, deflect, alter or betray the original principles of commercialization during implementation. This research takes inspiration from the rich literature on policy implementation and policy translation, which argues that policy models need to be transformed and modified if they are to be successfully adopted or implemented. This research analyses the alterations visible in the daily implementation of commercial models of water provisioning and, in doing so, present a better understanding of how water operators implement policy prescriptions of commercialization in practice. Based on the analysis of the adaptations and (re)interpretations of the implemented model of commercialization in the different cases, this thesis argues that a new way of speaking about commercialization should be developed.


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