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Institute for Advanced Social ResearchUniversity of TampereInstitute for Advanced Social Research

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Petri Juuti, Ph.D., Docent

Department of History
Senior researcher
2007-2008

http://www.envhist.org/iehg/petrisjuuti.html

 

Water is life! As a resource water is threatened by problems of quantity and quality in an age of heavy population growth, industrialisation and climate change. Sustainable use of water resources is vital to the well-being of both urban and rural dwellers, the national economy and urban water supply. Insecure access to water and sanitation services has also been known to lead to conflicts in many societies.

Cities in the EU face common challenges. These can be tackled by developing viable policies and principles at the European level. The research aims to reveal historical path dependencies and to present those of today and the future(s) that create bottlenecks as well as path dependencies that prevent meeting the MDGs. Historical study that sheds light on the complexity of water supply and sanitation services at the edge of any social/economical/political changes answers many questions in the field of futures research. Thus, a trustworthy outline of the future must be based on historical analyses. We have to learn how earlier choices affect development paths. We can look back into history to pin-point factors of success and turning points.

The general objective of the research is to discover the key strategic decisions that have affected the overall evolution of water and sanitation services in the case countries. The research examines which strategies, principles and practices have resulted in historically significant changes in overall development of water supply and sanitation. This requires analysing the environment, water supply and sanitation and mental concepts in a long-term perspective.

 

 
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