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Dr Lara Werbeloff is trained as a lawyer and social scientist.  Her research is focused on exploring institutional change processes to support sustainability transitions, particularly in the urban water sector, with a view to understanding how patterns and mechanisms of institutional change can be harnessed to assist in the delivery of improved liveability, sustainability and resilience outcomes. 

To this end, she takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining insights from disciplines such as sociology, institutional and regulatory theory, science and technology studies, innovation studies and complexity theory.

Research area keywords

  • institutional analysis
  • institutional change
  • transitions theory
  • sustainable urban water management
  • sustainable cities
  • sustainability transitions
  • adaptive governance
  • innovation diffusion
  • regulatory studies
  • policy analysis


Research Output

A Framework to Guide Transitions to Water Sensitive Cities

Brown, R. R., Rogers, B. C. & Werbeloff, L., 2017, Urban Sustainability Transitions: Australian Cases-International Perspectives. Moore, T., de Haan, F., Horne, R. & Gleeson, B. (eds.). Gateway East, Singapore: Springer, p. 129-148 20 p. (Theory and Practice of Urban Sustainability Transitions).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Benchmarking, Envisioning and Transition Planning for a Water Sensitive Adelaide: Final Case Report

Gunn, A. W., Werbeloff, L., Chesterfield, C. J., Hammer, K. & Rogers, B. C., 2017, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOther

Institutional change to support regime transformation: Lessons from Australia's water sector

Werbeloff, L., Brown, R. & Cocklin, C., 2017, In : Water Resources Research. 53, 7, p. 5845-5859 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Vision and Transition Strategy for a Water Sensitive Adelaide

Gunn, A. W., Werbeloff, L., Chesterfield, C. J., Hammer, K. & Rogers, B. C., 2017, Monash University Clayton: CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. 79 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Developing a Strategic Water Sensitive City Transition Plan

Brown, R. R., Rogers, B. C. & Werbeloff, L., 2016, Proceedings of OzWater 2016, 10-12 May, Melbourne, Australia.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearch


  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Global Challenges (Journal)

Rebekah Brown (Guest editor), , Lara Werbeloff (Guest editor), & Rob Raven (Guest editor)

Apr 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Hydropolis 2015 - Stormwater Association WA

Lara Werbeloff (Organiser)


Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference