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Mr Simon Hone

Title:  Complexity and the management of water-dependent ecosystems: Insights from economics.

Supervisors:  Professor Lin Crase and Dr Sue O'Keefe

Summary:  Simon is exploring the use of various economic models that can improve the efficiency with which environmental water reserves are used.  His work focusses primarily on the Murray-Daring Basin where governments have spent in excess of $20 Billion trying to secure improved environmental outcomes.   A major challenge is the complexity of the river basin itself, which covers over one million square kilometres and is home to over 30,000 wetlands.  Understanding how to trade-off watering different wetlands when there are complex environmental responses and other factors to consider (e.g. the opportunity cost of selling water allocations) is part of Simon's work.  Simon has taken a leave of absence from his work with the Australian Productivity Commission to work full-time on his PhD in 2013. 

Mr Truong Duc Toan

Title:  Subsidies to irrigation water use and farmers' responsiveness to change:  Lessons for policy reform in Vietnam.

Supervisors:  Professor Lin Crase and Dr Sue O'Keefe

Summary:  Subsidies to irrigation have long been identified as problematic for economic, environmental and social reasons.  This is especially the case in emerging economies with a tradition of agrarian support from the state, such as Vietnam.  Understanding how farmers would react to reduced subsidies and what would motivate them to accept paying more for water services is at the core of Toan's thesis.  Toan has collected empirical data from various sites in Vietnam and is now analysing how farmers view water prices and water services.  The aim is to identify a reform pathway that can lead to more cost-reflective prices for irrigation water in Vietnam.

Mr William Keeton

Title:  Community consultation and its influence on the management of Victorian water utilities. 

Supervisors:  Professor Peter Dowling and Dr Peter Lamb

Summary:  Bill's interests centre on the role of community consultation and how organisations assemble and use the knowledge from consultation activities and processes.  He has developed several models that endeavour to synthesise how managers shape community consultation activities and how the outputs from these subsequently guide management responses.  His work also covers dimensions of organisational learning.  In order to ground his research, Bill is using primary data collected from Victorian urban water utilities, with guidance from CWPM staff.