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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Modeling Flow-Ecology Responses in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Sustainable Riverine M..
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Sustainable water resources development in northern Australia: the need for coordination, integration and representation
Barry Hart, Erin O'Donnell, Avril Horne
Journal article | 2020 | International Journal of Water Resources Development
The Australian government’s push to develop northern Australia identified water security as crucial in underpinning any new agricu..
Modeling Flow-Ecology Responses in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Sustainable Riverine Management
Avril C Horne, Rory Nathan, N LeRoy Poff, Nick R Bond, J Angus Webb, Jun Wang, Andrew John
Journal article | 2019 | BioScience
Abstract Climate change will increase water stress in many regions placing greater pressures on rivers to meet huma..
Examining Trade-Offs in Piggybacking Flow Events while Making Environmental Release Decisions in a River System
Simranjit Kaur, Avril C Horne, Rory Nathan, Joanna M Szemis, Laura Gibson, Alysson M Costa, J Angus Webb, Michael Stewardson
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management
High flow pulses (or spells or freshes) play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological health of a river system. Impoundment of..
Reallocation through irrigation modernization: The ‘once-in-a-hundred-year’ opportunity of the North-South Pipeline, Australia
EL O'Donnell, DE Garrick, AC Horne
Journal article | 2019 | Water Security
© 2019 Elsevier B.V. There is growing international interest in securing water for cities by increasing the efficiency of irrigati..
Cry Me a River: Building Trust and Maintaining Legitimacy in Environmental Flows
EL O’Donnell, AC Horne, Lee Godden, B Head
Journal article | 2019 | Australasian Journal of Water Resources
Water reforms in Australia over a decade ago have seen large-scale recovery of water for the environment. While the recovery progr..
Informing Environmental Water Management Decisions: Using Conditional Probability Networks to Address the Information Needs of Planning and Implementation Cycles
Avril C Horne, Joanna M Szemis, J Angus Webb, Simranjit Kaur, Michael J Stewardson, Nick Bond, Rory Nathan
Journal article | 2018 | Environmental Management
MOVING FORWARD: THE IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL WATER MANAGEMENT
Avril C Horne, Erin L O'Donnell, Mike Acreman, Michael E McClain, N Leroy Poff, J Angus Webb, Michael J Stewardson, Nick R Bond, Brian Richter, Angela H Arthington, Rebecca E Tharme, Dustin E Garrick, Katherine A Daniell, John C Conallin, Gregory A Thomas, Barry T Hart
Book Chapter | 2017
Research Priorities to Improve Future Environmental Water Outcomes
Avril C Horne, J Angus Webb, Erin O'Donnell, Angela H Arthington, Michael McClain, Nicholas Bond, Mike Acreman, Barry Hart, Michael J Stewardson, Brian Richter, N LeRoy Poff
Journal article | 2017 | Frontiers in Environmental Science
A mixed integer programming model to optimize environmental water releases in river systems
S Kaur, A Horne, J Szemis, L Lowe, A Costa, M Stewardson, R NATHAN, J Webb, N Boland, J Ravalico, B Velik-Lord, H Clarke
Presentation | 2015
The 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2015) was held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Cent..
Environmental response curves - a first step in developing environmental demand curves
A HORNE, J FREEBAIRN, M STEWARDSON
Conference Proceedings | 2008 | Proceedings of Water Down Under 2008 incorporating 31st Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium & 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Arc Discovery Early Career Researcher (Decra)
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
University of Melbourne
BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING
BACHELOR OF ARTS