Lin Crase to focus on water research

The Director of the Albury-Wodonga Campus of La Trobe University, Professor Lin Crase, is standing aside from the campus role to concentrate on his position as the Director of the Centre for Water Policy Management (CWPM) from 2013.
Professor Lin CraseIn November, the University released a new strategic plan Future Ready which included a commitment to expand the University’s research in securing food, water and the environment.
Professor Crase, who is well known for his leadership of the campus, is also a nationally recognised expert in water policy who is regularly consulted by State and Federal Government on related issues.
Professor Hal Swerissen, Pro-Vice Chancellor Regional said Professor Crase was an excellent Campus Director and thanked him for the work and efforts he had made over the past five years.
‘Under Professor Crase leadership the Albury-Wodonga Campus has gone from strength to strength- it is a progressive, highly respected and valued asset in the region with firm plans for the future growth as outlined in the University’s recently announced strategic plan Future Ready,’ said Professor Swerissen.

Professor Crase will remain based at the Albury-Wodonga campus as Director of the Water Policy Centre.

Professor Swerissen said the campus remains committed to increasing its student and research capacity and the incoming Campus Director will continue to shape Albury-Wodonga Campus activities in response to local needs while taking advantage of the resources and economies of scale that La Trobe has to offer.

One of Professor Crases’ first tasks in 2013 will focus on raising the profile of CWPM and brokering agreement on some of the contentious issues surrounding the Murray Darling Basin.
‘The Centre is an applied research organisation dedicated to improving our understanding of water policy and management choices and the impact of those choices on water users. Through my work with the CWPM we hope to increase understanding and application of best-practice water policy and management in order to enhance the welfare of water users,’ Professor Crase explained.
Professor Crase says he has greatly enjoyed his tenure as Campus Director and believes the Campus is in ‘great shape’ and will continue to thrive.
The Albury-Wodonga Campus offers more than 35 courses to over 900 students, a number that is set to grow by more than 20 per cent over the next five years plus a broadening of course offerings.
Professor Crase said he was particularly proud of the fact that that the Campus was more than ‘pulling its weight’ in research with its study into ageing through the John Richards Initiative, water via the CWPM and the health of the Murray River through its Murray-Darling Fresh Water Research Centre.
‘What this campus has achieved has been staggering and it wouldn’t have been possible without staff, students and the community pulling together and bolstering this Campus to becoming a cornerstone of the community.’
La Trobe University hopes to announce the appointment of a new Campus Director early 2013.
About Professor Crase
Dr Crase is a professor in the School of Economics, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at La Trobe University.
Professor Crase has a PhD in Economics and his fields of competence are primarily in water policy, institutions for managing water allocations, water property rights and analysis of the trade-offs between sectors that compete for water access. He is currently managing research projects for the Commonwealth government and regularly provides advice to state and regional agencies on water policy.
He has published four books and more than 100 refereed journal articles along with numerous book chapters, conference papers and invited contributions.
He is regularly sought out by the media and others for his views on the political economy of water policy in Australia and has spent more than 15 years examining water policy and its implications for resource management.
Research at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus
The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) is a research joint venture between La Trobe, CSIRO, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the Federal Government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, People and Community.

The John Richards Initiative has been established to lead research and innovation in rural aged care which undertakes a program of research into rural aged care that aims to improve their well-being.

The Centre for Water Policy and Management (CWPM) is an applied research organisation dedicated to improving our understanding of water policy and management choices and the impact of those choices on water users.