Professor Quentin Grafton is an Australian Laureate Fellow and UNESCO Chairholder in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance.

Professor Grafton is an environmental/resource economist who has specialised and published in the areas of water economics, management and policy; resilience; food-energy-water nexus; COVID modelling; climate adaptation; forest conservation; and fisheries economics.

He has an abiding interest in the problems of the environment, especially the over exploitation and management of renewable resources, especially fisheries and water.

Professor Grafton is also Convener of the Water Justice Hub, Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and is affiliated with the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions.

Fields of expertise



Australians willing to pay for everyone to access good drinking water

Australian households are willing to pay more than is needed to deliver safe drinking water to every Australian,…


How long does it take to fix a global water crisis? 46 years and counting…

Former British prime minister Harold Wilson once remarked that “a week is a long time in politics”. If…


Water extractions key driver of drying Darling River

Poor water management and excessive extraction are the primary cause of declining flow and the poor state of…


Modelling highlights risk in national COVID plan

Australia’s National Plan to relax COVID-19 restrictions puts too many lives at risk and could hamper thousands more…

24 August 2021


Researchers zero in on longer lockdowns to crush COVID-19

The NSW Government faces a high-pressure decision this week about whether to relax current restrictions because of the…


‘Go hard, go early’ approach to COVID-19 the right move

A new study published today highlights the importance of a ‘go hard, go early,’ strategy when it comes…


Global COVID infections up to six times higher than reported

COVID-19 infection rates in the UK, France and Belgium are much higher than reported and up to 17 times higher…

18 November 2020


Australia must ensure water justice for all: expert

A leading water expert from The Australian National University (ANU) is calling for greater water justice, especially for…

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