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R. Quentin Grafton FASSA is an Australian Laureate and Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.

In April 2010 he was appointed the Chairholder, the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and is curerntly the Convenor of the Water Justice Hub, the Editor in Chief for Policy Forum and Editor of the Global Water Forum.

Previously he was Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (2011-2013), Senior Fellow at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies (2001-2004) at the ANU, Director of the Institute of the Environment (1999-2001) at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

He has an abiding interest in the problems of the environment, justice and public policy, especially in the overexploitation and management of renewable resources (particularly water), the economics of climate change, and the optimal responses to COVID-19.


  • –present
    Professor of Economics, ANU
  • –present
    Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy, ANU


  • 1992 
    University of British Columbia, PhD Economics


Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (2014), Distingished Fellow (2020) and President of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (2017-18), University of Waterloo Water Institute Royal Bank of Canada Distinguished Lecture (2017), National Water Commission Professor Peter Cullen Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation (2011), ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2011)