A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Rapid Urbanization and Infrastructure Pressure: Comparing the Sustainability Transition Potential of Water and Energy Regimes in Namibia

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Publication Details
Authors: Savela Nina, Levänen Jarkko, Lindeman Sara, Kgabi Nnenesi, Koivisto Heikki, Olenius Meri, John Samuel, Mashauri Damas, Keinänen-Toivola Minna
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: World
Volume number: 1
Issue number: 2
Start page: 49
End page: 66
Number of pages: 18
ISSN: 2673-4060
JUFO-Level of this publication: 0
Permanent website address: https://www.mdpi.com/2673-4060/1/2/6
Open Access: Open Access publication


This article presents a comparative study of the urban water and energy
sectors in the coastal city of Walvis Bay in Namibia, where the rapid
urbanization places pressure on public infrastructure development. A
multidata approach is used to study the ability of the energy and water
sectors to adapt to this pressure. Theoretically, the analysis is guided
by the systems transition framework. A comparison between the two
regimes is made on four dimensions: (1) regime dynamics, (2) level of
complexity, (3) level of coordination, and (4) multiplicity of
perceptions. The energy regime was found to be more capable of
transitioning towards more sustainable practices due to better outcomes
in multi-stakeholder engagement, a higher level of transparency, and
differing landscape and niche development. The energy regime is also
more open for new service providers. The water regime, on the other
hand, suffers from overlapping roles and practices as well as
non-existent monitoring authorities, which together negatively affect
the regime’s transition potential. Both regimes suffer from lack of
funding and weak institutional capacities. In conclusion, the transition
potential of the studied regimes is found to increase when
cross-sectoral governance is strengthened.

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