From 26 to 28 February, Professor Kees van Leeuwen of KWR Watercycle Research Institute and Utrecht University (NL), visited us for the first time in Bath. Prof van Leeuwen was appointed as David Parkin visiting professor and Global Chair in 2017. His research interests are in assessing sustainability of urban water management. He developed an assessment methodology, called the City Blueprint Approach that comprises three complementary frameworks. The first one is the Trends and Pressures Framework (TPF). This diagnoses a city’s main challenges in areas of social pressures, environmental pressures and financial pressures. The second one is the City Blueprint Framework (CBF) that analyses a city’s water management performance, and the third framework will look into the city’s water governance: the Governance Capacity Framework (GCF).
During his stay in Bath, Prof van Leeuwen finished the CBF and TPF analysis for the City of Bath, based on data collected last year during the Wetskills event on campus.
In total over 70 cities all over the world are already assessed with the City Blueprint Approach. Recent studies included Cape Town. The coming months will be dedicated to developing further opportunities for collaboration on urban water management and governance. Professor van Leeuwen will be back in on 23 April.