Mireia Tutusaus Luque

Affiliate Researcher


Ms. Mireia Tutusaus is a Lecturer in Water Services Management in the Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Ms.  Tutusaus joined the group Water Services Management in 2013 after graduating with a MSc in Water Management from IHE Delft. Previous to IHE, Mireia obtained a degree in International Business Administration from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain) and has over five year experience in the private  sector.

At IHE she combines her knowledge and experience in business administration with the challenges presented in the provision of water services. Her main area of expertise is the development and analysis of business and governance models of the provision of drinking water services in urban areas. She has participated in research and capacity development projects applying this interest to all types of service providers, from large formal utilities to small scale independent providers and community based organizations.

Mireia has a particular interest in the implementation and sustainability of water services models in small towns. In her research projects and educational activities she is involved in she tries to raise the challenges faced in small towns to expand equitable services to all. She does that by inquiring the suitability of current infrastructural and organizational models, and the financial arrangements behind. 

She supports and coordinates the development of training programs as part of the educational activities at the Institute, mainly within the Water Services Management specialization under the Water Management and Governance MSc program in its various modalities . She has as well been involved in several capacity development projects in Asia and West and Southern Africa. 

Research Summary

Urban Water Governance

Water Services Management

Infrastructure development for Water Services

Water Services for Small Towns


Tutusaus, M., Schwartz, K. and Savelli, E. (forthcoming), ‘Water for the Poor Water for the Urban Poor: Balancing financial and social objectives through service differentiation for low-income areas in the Kenyan water services sector. Utilities Policy.

Tutusaus, M., Schwartz, K. and Smit, S. (2016), ‘The Ambiguity of Innovation Drivers: The Adoption of Information and Communication Technologies by Public Water Utilities’, Journal of Cleaner Production.

Tutusaus, M. and Schwartz, K. (2016), ‘National Water Operators' Partnerships: a promising instrument for capacity development?’, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development.

Schwartz, K., Tutusaus, M., Rusca, M. and Ahlers, R. (2015), ‘(In)formality: The Meshwork of Water Service Provisioning’, WIREs Water2(1), pp. 31–36.


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