A project examining stakeholder engagement to improve socio-economic and environmental benefits from water has been awarded ARC Discovery Project funding. The $369,000 project, led by UQ Professor Yongping Wei, is a UQ/QUT collaboration, and CDWI member Professor Kim Johnston (pictured above) is the QUT Chief Investigator on the project.
Stakeholder engagement, widely recognised as essential in successful water governance, remains ad hoc both in practice and as a research theme. Using a detailed analysis of a complex evolutionary case of stakeholder engagement in water management in the Murray-Darling Basin (1900- 2020), this project aims to develop new approaches to measure the structure and form of socio-culturally derived stakeholder engagement system, to improve socio-economic and environmental benefits from water. The expected output is a new diagnostic tool for evaluating stakeholder engagement that can be taken up by governing bodies. The expected benefit is more inclusive, equal, and adaptive water governance through more effective stakeholder engagement.
The project is expected to commence in April 2022. Congratulations to the team on this tremendous recognition.