Quentin Grafton wins Australian Laureate

12 September 2019

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Quentin Grafton is Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at Crawford School of Public Policy. In April 2010 he was appointed the Chairholder, the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance.

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Crawford School’s Professor Quentin Grafton has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council for a project that could transform how Australia governs and uses water.

Professor Quentin Grafton, who heads up the Centre for Water Economics and Policy at Crawford School, won $3.3 million for his 5-year sustainable water use project which aims to improve our understanding of the relationship Indigenous Australians have with water.

The research could transform how Australia governs and uses water.

Professor Grafton said a sustainable Australia could only be achieved by recognising water’s economic, environmental and socio-cultural value – including the values of First Peoples.

“Water is life; for people, our communities, our environment, our economy and our nation,” Professor Grafton said.

“So properly valuing water, and reallocating it when necessary, is crucial to avoid catastrophic costs and recovery after droughts, and to ensure a sustainable water future for all Australians.

“This project aims to rethink how water is valued, used and governed in Australia.”

He is one of only two ANU recipients, with the other Laureate going to Professor Barry Pogson of the ANU College of Science.



Acting ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Calford congratulated Professors Pogson and Grafton on their success.



“ARC Laureates are extremely competitive and prestigious.

“They recognise Australian researchers at the pinnacle of their game as well as research of the highest quality and impact,” he said.



“Their research makes a major difference to Australia and Australians every day.



“With these projects they will help drive deeper understanding and better outcomes for two major challenges facing our nation and the world - crop resilience and water use.



“On behalf of the entire ANU community and Australians everywhere who will benefit from their work, I congratulate both of them and look forward to seeing what their vital work delivers.”  

The ANU has been awarded 26 Australian Laureate Fellowships since the scheme began in 2009.

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