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Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

Lana Hartwig is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University, Queensland. Lana's research explores First Nations water access injustices in New South Wales and the Murray-Darling Basin, with a particular focus on participation in water markets and water trading. She is interested in if and how Australia’s neoliberal water governance frameworks contribute to broader Aboriginal claims for self-determination.


  • 2021–present
    Adjunct research fellow, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University
  • 2021–present
    Senior Project & Research Officer, Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN)
  • 2020–2021
    Reserach Fellow, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University
  • 2015–2020
    PhD Scholar, Australian Rivers Institute & School of Environment and Science, Griffith University


  • 2020 
    Griffith University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2014 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • 2011 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sustainability)


  • 2023
    Water trading by Aboriginal organisations in NSW, Australia, Journal of Rural Studies
  • 2022
    Water colonialism and Indigenous water justice in south-eastern Australia, International Journal of Water Resources Development
  • 2020
    Trends in Aboriginal water ownership in New South Wales, Australia: The continuities between colonial and neoliberal forms of dispossession, Land Use Policy
  • 2018
    Recognition of Barkandji Water Rights in Australian Settler-Colonial Water Regimes, Resources

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Freshwater Sciences Society
  • The Institute of Australian Geographers

Research Areas

  • Human Geography (1604)