La Trobe University is well placed to advance the AWP’s Vision for the effective and equitable management of water resources in the Indo-Pacific by bringing together expertise in supporting inclusive economic development, improving water security, and reducing environmental and social impacts, and regional tensions.
Our Research Focus Area ‘Securing Food, Water and the Environment’ reflects significant strengths in freshwater ecology and the provision of advice and solutions to water managers (Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre: www.mdfrc.org.au); water policy and management choices and their impact water users, under increased competition for water resources, and crossing multiple jurisdictions (Centre for Water Policy and Management: www.latrobe.edu.au/cwpm); groundwater extent, connectedness, movement, extraction, transport and ecology; and hydrology, agricultural water use, remote sensing, systems modelling and irrigation.
Our Institute for Human Security and Social Change (www.latrobe.edu.au/socialchange) supports agents of progressive social change in development; furthers the interaction of high-quality research, policy and practice, with a particular focus on engaging nationally, in Asia and the Pacific; and offers specialist expertise in collective action, leadership, gender, participatory development practice, and assessment and accountability.
We recently launched our La Trobe Asia initiative (www.latrobe.edu.au/asia) which takes a whole-of-University perspective on Asia in teaching, research and external engagement. It taps into an active, policy-relevant research community, with extensive external networks in Asia, including with universities, governments, think tanks and non-government organisations. La Trobe Asia hosts visiting academics and experts, organises public events, seminars and conferences, and leads and informs public debate.