Developing a Water Technology Diffusion model as a framework for analysis of innovation in water technologies

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The motivation for this thesis can be summarized with the following key points:

  • Challenges in relation to water quality and availability exist and will be further exacerbated in the decades ahead due to multiple macro level drivers.
  • Water Technology innovation can help to address issues relating to water quality, availability and efficient energy and resource management.
  • There is a high level of research and development activity and investment in developing innovative water technologies.
  • Currently the level of productive outputs and return on capital from this research and development work is poor based on metrics including percentage of technologies that make it through the technology diffusion process.