Lin is Professor of Applied Economics with the Regional School of Business at La Trobe University. He is also the Director of the Albury-Wodonga campus. Lin has a PhD in Economics and his fields of competence are primarily in water policy, institutions for managing water allocations, water property rights and analysis of the trade-offs between sectors that compete for water access. He is currently managing research projects for the Commonwealth government and regularly provides advice to state and regional agencies on water policy. He has published four books and more than 75 refereed journal articles along with numerous book chapters, conference papers and invited contributions. He is regularly sought out by the media and others for his views on the political economy of water policy in Australia.