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Paul Wyrwoll



PhD (ANU), MEnvResEc (ANU), BEc/BA (UWA)

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I am a Fellow in the Resources, Environment and Development Program at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and a Research Fellow at the ANU Institute for Water Futures. I am also Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy at the Crawford School.

My applied research in environmental and resource economics examines how societies allocate water across uses, users, geographies, and time. I am currently working with the Water Justice Hub on the economics of drinking water services in regional and remote Australia.

Previously, I was a Research Fellow at the ANU Centre for Climate and Energy Policy, General Manager of the Food Energy Environment Water Network, and Managing Editor of the Global Water Forum. I have also worked as a consultant on environmental management in the Lower Mekong Basin and as a groundwater technician in the West Australian mining industry.

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Current projects

Collaborators from ANU unless specified

The Australian Drinking Water Record - An accessible database of drinking water quality data with Lien Le, Mai Nguyen, Quentin Grafton and the Data Advisory Group (Long Chu, Peter Coombes, Francis Markham, Caitlin Wyrwoll (University of Western Australia)) for the Water Justice Hub project “Improving Remote Indigenous Community Health and Well-being through Good Quality Drinking Water”, funded by Equity Trustees.

The costs and benefits of increasing flows from Tantangara Dam to the upper Murrumbidgee River with Safa Fanaian and Julia Talbot-Jones (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ).

Valuing the naturalisation of Canberra’s urban waterways with Jorrit Gosens, Tom Longden (Western Sydney University) and Julia Talbot-Jones (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ).

Ecoacoustic Murrumbidgee - using sound recording to measure river health with Hannah Feldman and Antia Brademann (Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach), funded by ANU Institute for Water Futures.

PhD supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students whose topics align with the research interests listed below and/or the research themes of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy. Before contacting me, please review information about applying for the Crawford School’s PhD program here. Please send through a title and maximum 300 word overview of your intended research topic, a CV, and a brief description of why you wish to undertake a PhD at the ANU.

Research interests

  • The economics of water infrastructure systems
  • Sustainable provision of safe, acceptable and affordable drinking water
  • Nature-based approaches to water quality control and carbon removal
  • Innovations in environmental pricing, markets and finance


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