Doctoral thesis

Analyse comparée de régimes institutionnels de gestion des réseaux urbains de l'eau en station touristique de montagne

Defense date2012-07-02

Tourism resort represents an urban area mainly dedicated to tourism while including at the same time a permanent residential population. From the point of view of urban water networks, this characteristic induces a strong seasonal fluctuation of residential population and involves special water uses such as golf irrigation, production of artificial snow or functioning of thermal baths. Therefore, water supply planning can be tricky and difficult to predict. Thus, features of tourism tend to reinforce rivalries between different sectors of activity (supply of drinking water, tourism, hydroelectricity, artificial snow, irrigation, etc.). These different and competing water uses need the implementation of rules structured through public policies and property rights and through national, regional and local legal components; We propose to call this framework as an Institutional Resource Regime (IRR) (Knoepfel et al. 2001, 2007). Through this PhD thesis, we firstly aim to understand how different IRR are implemented within tourism spaces? How do actors materialize them and what are their effects in term of technical, environmental, social and economical sustainability of urban water networks? We then, investigate effects of tourism on water networks infrastructures' management at the scale of the tourist resort and its river basin. We focus our attention on two tourist resorts situated within two different institutional contexts (Crans-Montana, Switzerland and Morzine-Avoriaz, France) and study three types of institutional regime in particular: public, delegated and private management of infrastructures.

  • Régime institutionnel de ressource
  • Réseaux urbains
  • Eau
  • Station touristique
  • Crans-Montana
  • Morzine-Avoriaz
NoteDiplôme décerné par Univ. Lausanne
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
BRETHAUT, Christian. Analyse comparée de régimes institutionnels de gestion des réseaux urbains de l’eau en station touristique de montagne. 2012.
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