Water resources management: past transformations for future sustainability (2021–2024)

This project aims to develop a more systemic understanding of how culture, technology and institutional regulations have together transformed water resources management in Australia since the 1850s. Water resources in Australia have suffered multiple environmental and socio-economic crises. This project will identify the cultural and technological factors that have historically influenced allocations and access to water resources for economic development, and the institutional regulations needed for tackling contemporary water crises. A deeper understanding of how public attitudes, institutions and socio-economic drivers redefined water resources management will help shape Australia¿s capacity to prepare for a sustainable future.
Grant type:
ARC Special Research Initiatives - Australian Society, History and Culture 2020
Funded by:
Australian Research Council