AgLaw Centre’s contribution recognised in national awards

Published 29 June 2010

waterThe Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw Centre) at the University of New England has been recognised at a national irrigation conference for its significant contribution to research on water law and water institutions.

The AgLaw Centre has been pivotal to a number of studies of laws and institutions impacting on water markets conducted through the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures over the past five years. Staff members of the AgLaw Centre were presented with three awards earlier this month at the Australian Irrigation Conference & Exhibition 2010. The conference, held in Sydney, was organised by the CRC for Irrigation Futures and Irrigation Australia.

Professor Paul Martin, the Director of the AgLaw Centre, received the “CRC Values Award for Excellence” for his leadership and for his contribution to the work of the CRC.

Dr Jacqueline Williams, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the AgLaw Centre, received the “Board Award for the Quiet Achiever / Trans-discipline”. This was particularly in recognition of Dr Williams’s achievement in integrating the work of other science and policy teams with that of the AgLaw Centre, and her commitment to engagement with communities. This has resulted in tangible applications of the research work of the AgLaw Centre and the CRC.

Professor Martin, Dr Williams, and Christopher Stone won the “2010 Science Award” for their technical report Transaction Costs and Water Reform: the devils hiding in the details. This report, published in 2008, is a cornerstone of recently-commissioned studies for both Federal and State agencies on the effectiveness of environmental laws and markets, and has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed publications. Further development of the approach is occurring with colleagues at Penn State University in the United States, and in the EEC. The report has been the most-downloaded report from the CRC Web site since 2003.

The AgLaw Centre is working closely with colleagues from across UNE in developing new approaches to the integration of science, law and institutional research relating to water. The researchers expect that two more studies will be published before the end of the term of this CRC for Irrigation Futures in August 2010.

Clicking on the image displayed here reveals a PHOTOGRAPH of Dr Jacqueline Williams after receiving her award at the conference, with the Chair of the CRC for Irrigation Futures, Peter Hayes.