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Prof. R. Quentin Grafton

Prof. R. Quentin Grafton

Prof. R. Quentin Grafton

Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance

Prof. R. Quentin Grafton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU) and holds or has held visiting or honorary positions at five other universities. He is also the Chairholder, the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and served as the inaugural Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics between 2011 and 2013.

Furthermore, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Policy and the Director of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network which he helped establish in 2014. In 2017-18 he served as the President of the Australasian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society (AARES) and is the Convener of the Geneva Actions on Human Water Security (

Prof. Grafton is also the Executive Director of the internet resource and portal, the Global Water Forum. He currently serves as Editor of the Asia and Pacific Policy Studies and is on the editorial board of Water Resources and Economics. He has been an editor or guest editor for six different academic journals and has also served on the editorial boards of another six academic journals.

He has published some 150 scholarly articles in the international peer-reviewed literature, including  in the world's leading academic journals in economics and the sciences (such as Science), over 40 chapters in books, 10 edited books and seven authored books including with leading academic publishers such Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.

Prof. Grafton has served in numerous advisory roles and expert panels in Australia and overseas such as Chair of the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel for New South Wales (2014-2018), Chair of the International Expert Group on Geothermal Energy (2013-14) and Chair of the Social and Economics Reference Panel of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (2008-2009).

He graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia in 1992, and holds an M.Sc. degree from Iowa State University and an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from Massey University.