Asking for your input on a research project (in-stream wastewater innovations in India)

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Asking for your input on a research project (in-stream wastewater innovations in India)

Hello Susana!,

As my name is Daniel Phillips, I am a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan (USA) but have spent significant time in India for my work and research (missing it greatly!).  As a part of my dissertation work, I am currently conducting research on sustainable urban water management in Indian Megacities.  I am so happy to have found the Susana community. 

I am reaching out to you as a network local thought-leader in this subject, and I'd love to get your perspective.  Specifically,  I am inviting you and your colleagues at your respective organizations to participate in a brief web-based survey (linked below).  In it, you will be introduced to several new in-situ innovations in wastewater management that are being developed by Indian innovators from across the country.  We refer to these innovations as "Provisional Green Infrastructure" or PGI. 

I'm trying to understand how you view these innovations, and their readiness for adoption within the city or locality in which you work. Your participation will be anonymous, and the results will be incorporated into scholarly publications and ongoing collaborative city-scale planning efforts. 

The survey should only take 10-15 minutes of your time, and I am hoping to collect responses by earth March.  I know you are likely busy with your official duties, but your input would be greatly appreciated!

SURVEY LINK: https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xeTntpx1iyzVvo

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please feel free to share this link freely within your network or organization to anyone you think might be relevant.

All the best, 
Daniel
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Hello SuSanA! Just a reminder that this survey is still live and ready for your input!  Any help (in either taking the survey or spreading the word) would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Asking for your input on a research project (in-stream wastewater innovations in India)

Hi Daniel,
Welcome to the SuSanA discussion forum!

I had a quick look at your survey and like its innovative design where the person taking the survey can even learn something. You said:
"The study is open to anyone age 18 or older who is involved in water research or advocacy in India. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time"

I am not strictly speaking eligible to take the survey and that's fine. But perhaps you also want to attach a pdf file in this thread (or a website link) where people can learn more about your "Provisional Green Infrastructure" or PGI approach? Then people could learn and discuss even if they don't work in India.

Also you had a small typo here: "I am hoping to collect responses by earth March". :-)

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Thank you Elizabeth, 

This should have read "Early March". Anyone who may be interested in hearing more about Provisional Green Infrastructure in general can download a recent publication via Researchgate:   CLICK HERE

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Hi Daniel,

I am copying below the abstract of your paper so that this thread can be found with keyword searches and to make more people aware of the "provisional green infrastructure" (PGI) approach.

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Provisional green infrastructure: transdisciplinary
approaches to address contamination in urban streams


Priyanka Jamwal, Durba Biswas and Daniel Phillips

ABSTRACT
Surface water contamination has emerged as an area of major concern in rapidly growing cities in
the Global South, including and especially in the Indian megacity context. We argue here that nallahs
(open drainage channels in Indian megacities) should be more widely recognized as a potential locus
of intervention. These combined stormwater and wastewater networks offer opportunities for
flexible, frugal and inclusive retrofits to improve surface and groundwater quality. We propose and
define the concept of provisional green infrastructure (PGI) as a speculative innovation typology
describing in-stream interventions. We argue that PGI should be employed as a shared boundary
concept guiding transdisciplinary action and research within the highly unpredictable, space-
constrained, and contaminated watersheds. Citing case studies throughout the region and ongoing
research in the city of Bangalore, we demonstrate in-stream modifications may be capable of
achieving significant improvement in the quality of urban wastewater and may play a complementary
role in closing persistent capacity gaps in the operation of both centralized and decentralized
treatment practices within megacities. Anticipating the larger diffusion of PGI practices across the
region by various early adopters and non-state actors, we suggest a cogent research agenda focused
on identifying various generalizable ‘upscaling’opportunities for deploying in-stream interventions
across various organizational and spatial domains.

Key words |green infrastructure, megacities, stormwater drains, typology, wastewater treatment,
water quality

HIGHLIGHTS
•Provisional green infrastructure (PGI) is introduced for the first time as a relevant
innovation typology describing a range of sustainable urban water management
research and practices throughout the context of the Global South.
•Discusses emerging precedents for PGI intervention in megacities across India.
•Provides a framework for assessing future organizational and spatial ‘up-scaling’
efforts

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Thank you Elizabeth!
Very helpful to provide an overview right here in the forum
Reminder that the survey is still live and seeking participants, please find it here:  https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xeTntpx1iyzVvo
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Hi Daniel,
This is a very informative survey and thanks for providing a link to your publication, I look forward to getting to know more about the cases included in the survey. 
I am curious regarding the choice of the cases presented here (not sure if your publication already explains this). Did you have a longer list of projects from which these were selected? What were the criteria for choosing these in such a scenario?

Also, how are you defining 'innovation'? And what type of innovation do you consider these projects to be? 

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Re: Asking for your input on a research project (in-stream wastewater innovations in India)

Hello Paresh and thank you for your response/feedback. We chose the cases based on their specific relationship to the nallah itself.  Not many innovators are doing this type of work so there aren't a huge list to draw cases from.  These 5 therefore represent variations on the theme of in-situ (in-stream) treatment approaches that don't require any electricity or complex technologies for their function. 



We believe they have a supplementary role to play in sustainable urban water management practices (IE can be deployed in tandem with conventional STP's, etc. to close capacity gaps and create other forms of environmental benefits in local communities).  Happy to answer any questions you or anyone else may have.  As a reminder, the survey is still live and we would love to get more SUSANA participants if you are interested!  Please find it here: 

https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xeTntpx1iyzVvo

As for the notion of "innovation" we use Everett Roger's "Diffusion of Innovations" framework as a reference.  An innovation is defined as “an idea, thing, procedure, or system that is perceived to be new by whomever is adopting it” (Rogers, 2003, p. 10) . Rogers defines five key characteristics of the innovation itself which influence its success and rate of adoption over time. These characteristics include relative advantage, compatibility, simplicity, trialability and observability.  Later, reinvention was proposed by other scholars as a sixth characteristic, defined as “the degree to which an innovation is changed or modified by a user in the process of its adoption and implementation” (Rogers, 1995, p. 17) . This simple framework of innovation characteristics (Table 1) can be applied to a given innovation to assess the speed with which it might be diffused or upscaled. DOI theory states that as each of these characteristics increase, so too does the rate of adoption (with the exception of complexity, for which a decrease in complexity results in an increase in adoption).

So we see PGI innovations in the domain of Sustainable Urban Water Management (SUWM), and are trying to understand how these characteristics apply in this case.
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