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Welcome to the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP)

CWEEP pronounced 'sweep' as in to survey so as to obtain a whole and continuous view of the world

Our mission:

To become a leading research centre on water economics and related water policy and water governance issues; and to be part of a global network of water researchers, educators and policy makers to support water education, to strengthen water governance and to promote environmental sustainability.

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Director's Notes

Welcome to CWEEP! As the acronym implies this centre has a key goal to have a wider and holistic perspective of the world in terms of water so that we can see better and further and to respond to water-related problems. The centre was officially launched in February 2010 and since then we have organized several workshops on water issues, including three separate workshops on water reform in reference to the Murray-Darling Basin. We also have a working paper series and I would encourage you to check out this papers that cover a wide range of water-related topics.

The undoubted strength of CWEEP is its Research Associates. Many are leaders in their fields of water research and also in the policy arena. Most are from Australia, but we have Associates from China, France, Spain, Canada, the USA and other locations. We all share a common goal to better understand, and ultimately manage, water related problems on a local and global scale. We face big challenges, but together, we believe we can make a difference.

Our activities in the coming years will focus on a 5-year ARC sustainable water use project. The research project aims to value water and support resilient decision-making for water justice. On 14 October 2019, the Water Justice Hub was established as an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University. The Water Justice Hub’s mission is to promote both ‘voice’ and truth-telling in relation to water. While the Hub will have a primary focus on Australia, especially justice for First Peoples, it will also respond to the global challenges of delivering ‘water for all’ or Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Please visit for more information.


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Research associates

Dr. Quentin Grafton Dr. Quentin Grafton
Prof. Grafton holds a Chair in Economics and ...

Stephen Dovers Stephen Dovers
Professor Steve Dovers is Director of The Fenner ...

Sue Jackson Sue Jackson
Sue Jackson is a senior social scientist with CSIRO's ...

Daniel Connell Daniel Connell

Marian García-Valiñas Marian García-Valiñas
Marian García-Valiñas is a researcher at ...

Neil Gunningham Neil Gunningham
Neil Gunningham is a Professor within the Fen ...

Amanda Lynch Amanda Lynch
Prof. Amanda Lynch FTSE is interested in the intersections ...

John Quiggin John Quiggin
John Quiggin is a Federation Fellow in Economics and Political Scien ...

John Freebairn John Freebairn
After graduating with a PhD from the University ...

Kevin Fox Kevin Fox
Kevin Fox works primarily in the field of economic measurement, ...

Céline Nauges Céline Nauges
Céline Nauges is a senior researcher at the French Institute ...

Katherine Daniell Katherine Daniell
BEng(Civil)(Hons) / BA Adel., PhD (ANU/AgroPari ...

William Nikolakis William Nikolakis
William is currently a postdoctoral fel ...

Steven Cork Steven Cork
Steven Cork is an ecologist and futurist. He spent 25 years in CSI ...

Ejaz Qureshi Ejaz Qureshi
Dr Ejaz Qureshi has extensive experience in natural resour ...

Gary Libecap Gary Libecap
Gary is a Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of ...

Hugh Sibly Hugh Sibly
B.Sc. (ANU), M.Ec. (Monash), Ph.d. (Melbourne)

Gregory Hertzler Gregory Hertzler
Gregory is currently an Honorary ...

Jeff Connor Jeff Connor
Dr Connor identifies opportunities to improve ...

Karen Hussey Karen Hussey
Dr Hussey is the ANU Vice-Chancellor's Representative ...

Jamie Pittock Jamie Pittock
WWF Research Associate, PhD Scholar, Fenner School of ...

Angela Arthington Angela Arthington
An Aquatic Ecologist with a wide knowledge ...

Caroline Sullivan Caroline Sullivan
Associate Professsor of Environmental ...

Richard Tooth Richard Tooth
Dr Richard Tooth is a consulting principal with the Sydney office of ...

John Williams John Williams
BSc Agr (Hons), PhD

Sarah Wheeler Sarah Wheeler
Sarah is a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Regulation and ...

Henning Bjornlund Henning Bjornlund
Henning has been involved in water policy research ...

Diane Dupont Diane Dupont
Diane Dupont holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of ...


Water Markets Workshop
3 August, 2012

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2nd 'Practical Responses to Climate Change' conference - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
4 October, 2011

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Daniel Connell and Quentin Grafton launch new book at Parliament House
21 June, 2011

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Technical Workshop on Socio-Economic Effects of MDB Water Reform Tuesday
14 December, 2010

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Australia China Environment Development Partnership Seminar: Water and Wetlands
29 July, 2010

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CWEEP Formal Launch
Dr James Horne
(Deputy Secretary, DEWHA)
01 February, 2010

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The basin by numbers: environment (chair and panel session)

30 September 2015
Chair: Dr Jamie Pittock, Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University

Some emerging challenges in managing aquatic ecosystems under the basin plan

30 September 2015
Dr Nick Bond, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

Establishing environmental water requirements in the murray-darling basin

30 September 2015
Professor Ross Thompson, Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra

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