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Professor Professor R. Quentin Grafton

B.Ag. Econ (Massey), MS (Iowa State University), PhD (University of British Columbia)
Professor, Co-Chair of ANU Water Initiative, Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance, Director, Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy, Convener Geneva Actions on Human Water Security
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 0410680584

Areas of expertise

  • Environment And Resource Economics 140205
  • Agricultural Economics 140201
  • Simulation And Modelling 080110
  • Fisheries Management 070403
  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Natural Resource Management 050209

Research interests

  • Food, Energy, Water nexus
  • Resilience and risk
  • Urban water pricing
  • Energy security
  • Gas markets and regulation
  • Water markets and water economics
  • Social capital and network theory
  • Fisheries management (especially marine reserves)
  • Property rights (especially quantitative instruments in resource and environmental management)


R. Quentin Grafton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University (ANU).

He is the Chairholder, the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and served as the inaugural Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (2011-2013). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Policy and the Director of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network which he helped establish. He curerntly (2017-18) serves as the President of the Australasian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society (AARES) and is the Convener of the Geneva Actions on Human Water Security ( 

He graduated with a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia in 1992, and holds an MS degree from Iowa State University and an undergraduate degree from Massey University in agricultural economics. He currently serves as Editor of the Asia and Pacific Policy Studies and on the editorial board of Water Resources and Economics. He is also the Executive Director of the internet resource and portal, the Global Water Forum.

He has published more than 130 scholarly articles in some of the world's leading journals in economics and the life sciences (such as Science), 40 + chapters in books, 10 edited books and seven authored books including: Risks, Rewards and Regulation of Unconventional Gas (2017, Cambridge University Press), Water Resources Planning and Management (2011, Cambridge University Press), Handbook of Marine Fisheries Conservation and Management (2010, Oxford University Press).

He has served in numerous advisory roles and expert panels in Australia and overseas. He currently serves  or has served as Chair of the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel for New South Wales (2014-), Chair of the International Expert Group on Geothernal Energy (2013-14) and Chair of the Social and Economics Reference Panel of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (2008-2009).

Researcher's projects

  • Responding to risks and managing for resilience
  • Food and water gaps
  • Economics costs at water restrictions
  • Human-induced impact on water scarcity
  • Optimal investment in water supply
  • Marine reserve and ecological uncertainty
  • Social networks and productivity
  • Social capital and environmental performance
  • Efficiency measures in fisheries

Current student projects

Current PhD students

  • Paul Wyrwoll
  • Ana Manero Ruiz
  • Kat Taylor


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  20 October 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers