Dr Erin O'Donnell

  • Dr Erin O'Donnell

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)



Erin is a water law and policy specialist. She has worked in water governance since 2002, in both the private and public sectors. Erin’s research focuses on the challenge of sustainable water resource management, with an emphasis on transferable water rights and water markets. Her work is informed by comparative analysis across Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Chile. Erin’s PhD explored the implications of using a legal person to represent the aquatic environment, with responsibility to hold and manage water rights on behalf of the environment. Her research findings are broadly applicable to the emerging field of legal rights for nature, as well as corporate governance for environmental outcomes, and the use of markets as a form of regulation in other environmental and resource management areas. Erin is currently completing a global review of water markets for The World Bank.


Melbourne Law Masters