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Tackling wicked problems in the Malaysian water industry: A framework for university-industry research partnerships


Padfield, Rory and Richards, Cameron and Yusop, Zulkifli and Parkey, Jeffrey Randall and Harrison, Oliver and Preece, Christopher (2014) Tackling wicked problems in the Malaysian water industry: A framework for university-industry research partnerships. Journal of Governance and Development, 10. pp. 99-119. ISSN 2289-4756

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Abstract

Despite the relative abundance of rainfall and plentiful surface water resources, recent reports suggest that Malaysia is faced with the prospect of water scarcity.The predicted scarcity is less related to changes in rainfall patterns but in the diminishing availability of water resources and treatment capacity for urban populations, both of which are linked to the inadequacy of the current water management regime.Further to this, growing concerns over dilapidated infrastructure, urban water pollution, institutional weaknesses, and political interference to the implementation of recent water reforms have sought to characterize Malaysia’s modern day water industry.One way of addressing the current un sustainability of the water industry is for greater collaboration and partnership between the industry’s key players, including developing robust and relevant university-industry collaborative partnerships. To date, there is no evidence of a strategy to coordinate and integrate broad interests of industry and university stakeholders; instead, research tends to be done in an ad hoc manner, focused on specific technical issues without addressing some of the more fundamental and complex industry challenges.With this in mind, this paper aims to present the findings of a recent research project aimed at developing an interdisciplinary research framework for university-industry collaboration in the Malaysian water industry.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue
Uncontrolled Keywords: university-industry collaboration, Malaysia, water industry, interdisciplinary framework
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Jeffrey Randall Parkey
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2015 03:36
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2015 03:36
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/15218

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