urban water management; lead market strategy; modular infrastructures; sustainability transitions
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The Georgaphy of Technology Legitimation - database
|Persistent Identifier (PID)
Dataset created with help discourse network analyser (DNA, Leifeld, P. 2018. Discourse Network Analyser Manual) adapted to the study of the geography of technology legitimation
The COMIX project aims at analyzing opportunities and challenges of a Swiss Sustainable Economy, which are associated with a foreseeable fundamental shift towards more modular system designs in many infrastructure sectors. The analysis will primarily be focused on the Swiss urban water management sector, scrutinizing impacts on Swiss industry, utilities, professional associations and regulators. The case of urban water management is particularly well suited to analyze these challenges due to strong path dependencies and considerable impacts on sustainable futures globally. The core research questions that will be analyzed in the project relate to in how far the challenges and opportunities of modular infrastructures could represent a first mover advantage for Swiss industry and a strategic chance to anticipate future system configurations for Swiss operators and regulators and in how far synergies between these two aspects could be identified. This is synthesized in a hypothesis about a so called lead market potential in Switzerland. The proposal is subdivided into two research streams and a synthesis module. The first stream aims at understanding opportunities for Swiss water companies in the context of global industry dynamics associated with modular water technologies. It assesses the success conditions at both innovation systems and at company level. The second stream identifies challenges and opportunities that modular infrastructures represent for utilities, professional associations, consultancies and government departments, which are responsible for planning and operating UWM structures. More specifically, the project will conduct an encompassing cost benefit analyses of alternative transition scenarios from today’s mostly centralized system configuration towards future more hybrid forms. Furthermore, alternative governance arrangements will be elaborated and assessed that would enable running hybrid system configurations at a similar level of performance like the incumbent system. The synthesis module integrates results from the two analytical streams by assessing the lead market potential for. COMIX is conceived as an inter- and transdisciplinary project run by research teams from various disciplines such as management, economic geography, political science, economics and engineering. Additionally representatives from industry, utilities, professional associations and government will be involved in several sequences of participative workshops. The project addresses a large number of relevant topics listed under modules 2 and 3 of the NRP 73 call.