Jennifer McKay
THE Bren School OF Environmental Science & Management

at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Dr. Jennifer McKay

Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws

University of South Australia


Tuesday February 20, 2007

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Bren Hall 1414


”Achieving Environmentally Sustainable Development

in Australian Water Corporations”


Presented by:

the Governance for Sustainable Development Program

and the Water Policy Program


Research Interests

• Corporate governance especially third party effects of corporatizing government business enterprises such as the prospectus provisions, codes of conduct, directors duties and directors as whistleblowers

• Comparative water resources laws and policies, especially regimes established to achieve sustainable water allocation policies.

• Corporatization and privatization of water: social, environmental and economic impacts.

• International trade law, especially the trade in food as trade in virtual water.

Dr. Jennifer McKay is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience writing and researching on national and international water policy and law issues. She has contributed more than 50 articles to major refereed national and international journals and has received multiple research grants from the Australian Research Council and Land and Water Australia. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Water International and on the technical organizing committee for the World Congress on Water Resources of the International Water Association.

McKay is the national coordinator of the Water Management Law and Policy Interest Group for the Australian Water Association, and a key researcher for the new CRC for Irrigation Futures. She has been invited to make water law reform proposals for many state and federal governments and is presently the foundation director of the Water Policy and Law Group at the University of South Australia. Members of the group publish on water-quality laws, surface and groundwater water markets, policy frameworks for water allocation and trading, water property rights, dam safety and capacity sharing, urban reuse of water, Agenda 21, water development for poverty alleviation, corporatization and privatization of water utilities, and international water law.

McKay is the Water Resources Commissioner on the South Australian Environment, Resources and Development Court and has been appointed by two ministers to the National Heritage Trust-funded Mt. Lofty Ranges Catchment Board. She has been invited to participate in the Rosenberg international forums on water policy since their inception in 1997 and has undertaken water policy work for the World Bank and the government of Singapore. She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne.


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