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2019 Laureate Profile: Professor Rupert Grafton



Professor Rupert Quentin Grafton

Professor Rupert Quentin Grafton 

Administering Organisation: The Australian National University 
Discipline area: Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences

Fellowship project summary: 

FL190100164: The aim is to value water and support resilient decision-making for water justice. Its significance is to provide missing socio-cultural-environmental values of First Peoples water, the absence of which means Indigenous demands for water justice are frequently ignored. Project outcomes will empower First Peoples and support resilient and evidence-based decision-making. The key benefit is a sustainable Australia through: first-ever conjoint socio-cultural values of First Peoples’ water; transformative decision-making to account for Indigenous values and risks (such as droughts); and a Water Justice Hub to create a generation of scholars in integrated water valuation, resilient decision-making, and Traditional Water Knowledge.

Australian Research Council funding: $3,336,000

About Professor Grafton

Rupert Quentin Grafton is a Professor of Economics at The Australian National University (ANU) and a Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance. He has served as the Chief Economist and Executive Director in the former Australian Bureau of Resources and Economics in Australian Government and is a former Director of the Australian Institute for Public Policy.

Professor Grafton’s key research interests include natural resources, food and water security, environmental and energy economics and the interlinkages between food, energy, environment and water. He has an abiding interest in the problems of the environment and public policy, especially the overexploitation and management of renewable resources (particularly water and fisheries), and the economics of non-renewable resources.

For his achievements, Professor Grafton was a co-recipient of the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Policy and Outreach in 2016 and was awarded the National Water Commission Professor Peter Cullen Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation in 2011.

Find out more about Professor Grafton’s research by visiting his profile page on The Australian National University website. For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.


Image credit: The Australian National University.

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