Welcome to the website of ‘INNOVCITIES’: a research project exploring institutional innovation for adapting to climate change in water governance in cities.


We are interested in understanding how cities can become more adaptable to deal with water-related vulnerabilities under climate change.


We focus on two key practical water governance challenges(1) sustainable and resilient urban water supply, and (2) flood protection and preparedness.


We investigate how cities can innovate their institutions under climate change, and what consequences this has for governance adaptability and social equity. 


To do this, we apply a variety of social science research methods (e.g. surveys, case studies) to study and compare cities across  different global contexts. 


The project aims to better understand types and mechanisms of institutional innovation in cities. In other words, what kinds of institutional innovation is occurring in cities, why and how does it emerge, and with what effects? We aim to generate and share new research and policy insights to support ongoing efforts of cities to prepare and adapt to climate change.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 659065 (2015-2017) and from The Netherlands Open University (2017-2019).