Strategic intermediation: Between regional strategy and local practice

Marvin, S and Medd, W 2007, 'Strategic intermediation: Between regional strategy and local practice' , Sustainable Development, 15 (5) , pp. 318-327.

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The core aspiration of the WFD is that through a focus on hydrological boundaries the development of integrated river basin management (IRBM) will overcome the previously fragmented directives relevant to water and develop a more holistic approach to sustainable water management. In this paper we focus on the signifi cant role that intermediary organizations, often neglected in conventional analysis, play in water governance processes. We use three case study examples of intermediaries working in the North-West of England to illustrate the importance of understanding their work in translating sustainable water management from regional strategy to local practice. Critically, the work of intermediaries across different scales of practice involves a complex array of negotiation, (re)representation and translation of what ‘sustainable water management’ becomes in relation to different contexts. Their strength comes in their ability to adapt their relationship to water into different sets of interests and contexts without necessarily integrating these interests. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Sustainable Development
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 09680802
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Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2011 15:41
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:40

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