Dr Wendy Merritt

Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Decision Support And Group Support Systems 080605
  • Surfacewater Hydrology 040608
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Environmental Science And Management 0502

Research interests

My research interests are natural resource assessment and modelling, focussing on using models to inform the management of land and water resources. I have considerable experience in the design and development of models and Decision Support Systems (DSS) within a participatory environment and have worked extensively and collaboratively with Commonwealth, State/Territory and local government agencies in Australia and also with researchers and consultants working across a range of disciplines (including ecologists, hydrologists, and social scientists).

Researcher's projects

Agribusiness-led inclusive value chain development for smallholder farming systems in the Philippines (IVC Philippines): This project aims to enhance the design, implementation and adoption of inclusive value chains in smallholder farming systems in the Philippines by exploring roles, conditions and specific value chain interventions that improve engagement and benefit the livelihoods of farmers, their communities and their chain partners. Led by the CSIRO, and funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (AGB/2018/196), we are combining integrative research methods with Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MEL) processes to develop practical tools, principles and processes for development researchers and practitioners, in this project and beyond, that guide the design and implementation of inclusive value chain interventions and programs to enhance positive outcomes for intended beneficiaries. 


Landscape-focused digital twin for local engagement in water governance in monsoonal river systems: This project aims to enable estimation of water budgets from the entire Gilbert catchment down to a field scale – integrating available monitoring data (flows, water levels, water extent, and water extraction volumes), water modelling, and spatial data (e.g. land use, soil and zones applicable to relevant regulations). The digital twin will foster ‘information sharing’ and ‘research investment requirement’ conversations. Longer term, it may support stakeholder engagement around water storage management and its governance, social license, and environmental risk in the Gilbert River Agricultural Precinct (GRAP). This project is led by ANU in collaboration with Gulf Savannah NRM and is funded by the Queensland Water Modelling Network (July 2021 – June 2022).


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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