Innovation research impact on UK and European water policy and regulatory practice

Impact: Technological impacts, Political impacts


University of Manchester research during 2005–2012 into water sector technological innovation provided an evidence base that changed UK and European policy and practice. The research led to an extended remit for an independent review of UK water sector competition to include also innovation; underpinned sections on innovation in new UK water policy; inspired incentive reforms by the economic regulator, Ofwat and informed strategy for two high-level European innovation/technology platforms. Lead researcher Thomas advised key stakeholders at House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Water Group sessions, at an independent review, via keynotes and opinion pieces for industry roundtables, conferences, trade journals, the media, and on an Ofwat advisory panel.
Impact date20052012
Category of impactTechnological impacts, Political impacts
Impact levelBenefit