Sara Finley has nearly a decade of work experience in urban water management, spanning diverse fields such as water-efficient technology testing, design of greywater and rainwater harvesting systems, and municipal water efficiency planning. She is interested in understanding the dynamics of fundamental change in water management regimes, especially in the current context of widespread water scarcity and a changing climate. As pressures mount, what environmental, economic and/or social conditions can precipitate widespread socio-technical changes in the way people use and manage water?
Sara is using new cross-disciplinary modelling techniques to connect the social, technical and environmental forces that shape the evolution of water management systems. Using both historic and modern examples of socio-technical transitions in urban water regimes, she seeks to trace the complex relationships between water users, technologies and institutions that instigate and sustain fundamental changes in the water sector.