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DR Avril Horne




  • Dr Avril Horne is a water policy specialist, with a rare combination of experience across economics, hydrology and policy. With fifteen years’ experience across a range of interdisciplinary projects, she has spent time in consulting, government and academia. As Assistant Director in the water group at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, she was heavily involved in the development of the water trading rules for the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Avril returned to academia in 2014, and is currently working on projects developing tools and systems to assist efficient and adaptive environmental water management; allocation mechanisms and institutional arrangements for environmental water; and reallocation policies between water sectors. Avril is the lead editor for “Water for the Environment: from policy and science to implementation and management”, a book that includes contributions from over 50 leading scientists and practitioners internationally. Research interests - environmental water management and allocation - water resource management and policy - water allocation - tradeoff decisions in water resource management - water markets and trade   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • BE, Monash University 2000
  • BA, Monash University 2000

Awards and honors

  • Best Student Paper, International conference on implementing environmental water allocations, South Africa, 2009
  • Directors Award, CRC Irrigation Futures, 2009


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Current Supervision Lubna Meempatta - Interactions in water use decision making by irrigators, environmental water managers and bulk providers Andrew John - Modelling chance and variability in streamflow to assess environmental outcomes Robert Morden - Environmental outcomes in unregulated rivers under climate change Meghan Mussehl - Participatory modelling for environmental flows Completed Jun Wang - Assessing the environmental water management impacts of climate change