Erin is a water law and policy specialist, focusing on water markets, environmental flows, and water governance. She has worked in water resource management since 2002, in both the private and public sectors.
Erin is recognized internationally for her research into the groundbreaking new field of legal rights for rivers, and the challenges and opportunities these new rights create for protecting the multiple social, cultural and natural values of rivers. Her work is informed by comparative analysis across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, India, Colombia, and Chile. Erin’s latest book, Legal Rights for Rivers: Competition, Collaboration, and Water Governance, is available now from Routledge.Erin’s PhD examined the role of environmental water managers in Australia and the USA in delivering efficient, effective and legitimate environmental water outcomes in the context of transferable water rights and water markets. Erin has recently completed a consultancy for The World Bank, on water markets and their role in water security and sustainable development. In 2018, Erin was appointed to the inaugural Birrarung Council, the voice of the Yarra River.
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Case Study Development On Approaches To Water (Re) Allocation And Lessons Learned
Giving environmental water to drought-stricken farmers sounds straightforward, but it's a ..
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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..
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..
Rural water for thirsty cities: a systematic review of water reallocation from rural to urban regions
Dustin Garrick, Lucia De Stefano, Winston Yu, Isabel Jorgensen, Erin O'Donnell, Laura Turley, Ismael Aguilar-Barajas, Xiaoping Dai, Renata de Souza Leao, Bharat Punjabi, Barbara Schreiner, Jesper Svensson, Charles Wight
Journal article | 2019 | Environmental Research Letters
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..
Lessons from Australian Water Reforms: Indigenous and Environmental Values in Market-based Water Regulation
E Macpherson, Erin O'Donnell, Lee Godden, Lily O'Neill
Book Chapter | 2018
The Australian model of water governance is considered one of the most effective, efficient and resilient approaches to designing ..
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
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Early Career Academic Fellowship
Social And Political Sciences
PhD in Law
University of Melbourne
Bachelors Degree in Law (First class Hons)
Bachelors Degree in Science (First class Hons)