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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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