PhD student travels to Canberra for water workshop

30 November 2011
Marina Costa Barbosa.

Marina Costa Barbosa, PhD student at the Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchment (ACSC) made a splash at the Water Governance Research Initiative: National Workshop 2011 after receiving a travel grant for early career researchers.

The workshop was held in late November and provided reflections on Australian water reforms, reframing water governance and developing a policy brief based on recommendations into the National Water Commission report.

Ms Barbosa is currently developing her research exploring stakeholder’s engagement in the Murray-Darling Basin planning and management by developing new assessment framework.

Her research involves exploring the collaboration and interaction among governance structures in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Ms Barbosa said the travel grant provided her with an opportunity to interact with world’s leading researchers and industry, build up current knowledge and receive feedback from key researchers.

Her supervisor Dr Shahbaz Mushtaq (Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchment) said Ms Barbosa’s study will contribute in advancing knowledge of the planning process in the MDB which represents a concern both in Australia and world-wide.

The Water Governance Research Initiative is a theme of the National Climate Change Research Facility (NCCARF) Water Resources and Freshwater Biodiversity Adaptation Research Network.

Contact Details:
Callum Johnson, USQ Media, +64 7 4631 1163

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