Assessing transitions in the water sector through socio-technical network analysis

running water from a tap on a smooth surface. Photo: Max Maurer/Eawag
Photo: Max Maurer/Eawag

To overcome methodological nationalism in transition studies, this project develops socio-technical network analysis (STNA) to map and measure socio-technical alignment processes across time and space. STNA provides a relational and dynamic perspective on how social and technical elements get reconfigured and aligned into “configurations that work”, allowing for the identification of differentiated transition trajectories at and across spatial context. We apply the method to the ongoing transition processes in the global water sector.