Assessing the 'Governance Grip' of Combined Authorities for Integrated Infrastructure Provision in the UK

Paul Honeybone, Katrien Steenmans, Michele Acuto

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

Abstract

While the positive benefits of integrated infrastructure development and management are theoretically understood, many global city-regions do not have
governance arrangements designed to operationalise integration. Despite the
criticality of ‘nexus’ provision and high degrees of interdependence in city-regions, the organisation of governance mechanisms to ensure collaborative and symbiotic relationships remains an incomplete aspect of business as usual. A preliminary assessment was conducted of the governability of critical infrastructure domains (water, energy, food, and waste) in select UK city-regions. To establish a systematic approach for further research, a Governance Framework was produced and piloted.
The paper also reports on preliminary investigations and confirms insights that a
governance deficit exists. We note that integrated infrastructure issues were not
appearing systematically as high-level strategic governance priorities for the newly established Combined Authorities. We conclude the ‘governance grip’ discernable for overseeing integrated infrastructure outcomes is relatively weak.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelected Conference Proceedings: 3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience
EditorsHelena Titheridge, Priti Parikh
Place of PublicationLondon
Chapter5
Pages52-64
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2018
Event3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jun 201714 Jun 2017

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period13/06/1714/06/17

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