Public lecture on water policy

Public lecture on water policy

25 Aug 2009

A topical public lecture entitled Contradictions and Challenges in Australian Water Policy will be presented by water resource policy and management expert, Professor Lin Crase on Wednesday 26 August.

Water TapProfessor Crase has spent the past 15 years examining water policy and its implications for resource management. He has written and edited three books and published over 60 scholarly journal papers in this area. His work has covered the difficult public policy dilemmas associated with water allocation in Australia and India.

Professor Crase has been the Executive Director of La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus since 2007. His recent appointment as Professor of Applied Economics reflects the University’s commitment to regionally-relevant research. 

The lecture is the second of three lectures in La Trobe University’s Climate, Sustainability and Society lecture series.  In the series, prominent speakers will draw on science, social science and economic perspectives to address the issues surrounding climate change and sustainability.

The Climate, Sustainability and Society lectures form an integral part of the Climate, Sustainability and Society cross-disciplinary, cross-campus subject that is offered for the first time this semester at the Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campuses of La Trobe University.

The first lecture by leading scientist and climate change authority, Professor Barrie Pittock proved highly popular with around 230 people in attendance at the McKay Lecture Theatre in Bendigo and 120 tuning in by video-conference from Albury-Wodonga.

Members of the public are invited to join staff and students for the second and third sessions in this innovative lecture series. The second lecture commences at 6.30pm in the McKay Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 26 August.

The third and final lecture of the series by public ethics/applied philosophy expert, Professor Clive Hamilton is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 23 September. It will be delivered from the Albury-Wodonga campus and video-conferenced to the McKay Lecture Theatre in Bendigo.

More information is available by email at, phone 5444 7374 or on the internet at


Climate, Sustainability and Society is a cross-disciplinary, cross-campus subject that is being offered for the first time in semester 2, 2009. This first-year level subject introduces students to economic, scientific and sociological approaches to sustainability in the context of climate change.

It has been developed by the Faculties of Law and Management, Science, Technology and Engineering and Humanities and Social Science on the Albury-Wodonga and Bendigo campuses. It is planned for future offerings of the subject to occur across four or more of La Trobe’s campuses, including to a major cohort on the Bundoora campus.

The inaugural enrolment consists of approximately 80 students on the Albury-Wodonga campus and approximately 90 students at the Bendigo campus.

The teaching will take a problem-based approach through which students will develop a recognition and knowledge of the causes and impacts of climate change and the potential scientific, social and economic responses.

It is anticipated that students who successfully complete the subject will demonstrate an awareness of the theoretical and practical tools available to bring advanced decision making to environmental management.

An integral part of this subject is a series of public lectures presented by leading thinkers who represent a range of approaches to issues of sustainability and climate change in different contexts.  

Along with members of the public, students who are enrolled in the subject will attend these lectures to experience the nature and shaping of public debate and to gain an appreciation of the relationship between advocacy and enquiry.

The students will be guided in their listening and note taking through the provision of four or five key questions provided prior to the public lecture. Their response to the questions will form part of subsequent class discussion.

These lectures will be video-conferenced between venues and filmed to allow students access to the content after the lectures.  In subsequent years, these films may also be shown to later cohorts of students as a stimulus to debate and discussion.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161




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