Behaviour change tools for creating water sensitive communities
Have you ever wondered what the communities you work with REALLY think about water? Do you know how households use their water? Are you speaking the same language as your customers? Are there behaviours you would like to encourage user groups to adopt but are not sure how? Behaviour change science can help answer all of these questions and identify solutions for developing more water sensitive communities.
Water use is fast becoming one of the key issues for communities all over Australia and the world. While time and money is spent on developing engineering solutions for water security, behaviour change science can provide effective methods to achieve public policy; re-engineering habits can be as effective as re-engineering catchments. Understanding how to influence motivation and capacity for behaviour change is a vital skill for those involved in working with householders and consumers in general.
IWC Learning Lab: Changing Behaviour for Water Sensitive Cities
The behaviour of households and communities affects all aspects of their interactions with water, from water consumption to flood preparation, support for new water initiatives and bill payment. Leaders in behavior change, BehaviourWorks Australia have identified gaps between the messages the water use industry sends out and how customers receive them. As part of the IWC Learning Lab, BehaviourWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainability Institute will deliver a two-day masterclass and build capacity in behaviour change science to understand and apply key concepts to support water quality, utility operation, wastewater management, and more.
This workshop reveals the insights behavioural science can bring to achieving policy goals by bridging that gap and overcoming the barriers many people have to implementing change. If you are not familiar with behavioural change science, this is an ideal place to start. If you want to extend your skills in this area, it’s going to challenge and inspire your work in one of the most important challenges facing society in the immediate and long-term future.
IWC Learning Lab
Building on the expertise of delivering the internationally-recognised Master of Integrated Water Management and award-winning Water Leadership Program, the International WaterCentre (IWC) launching the IWC Learning Lab immediately after the World Water Congress & Exhibition 2016 in Brisbane, Australia from 17 – 21 October 2016.
Designed for individuals, teams and organisations to enhance interdisciplinary and institutional capacity, this 5-day event offers 19 master classes and study tours by 32 of Australia's leading researchers and practitioners in Integrated Water Management (IWM).
To find out more about Changing Behaviour for Water Sensitive Cities and the 19 master classes and study tours on offer at the IWC Learning Lab please visit our website, or contact:
T +61 7 3014 0290