Australian water policy and management are undergoing rapid and immense change in response to drought, technological advances, climate change and demographic and economic shifts. The National Water Initiative and the 2007 Australian Government water policy statements propose a fundamental shift in how Australians will use and manage water in the future. The implementation of the national water policy presents many challenges - the creation of water rights and markets, comprehensive water planning, new legislative settings, community participation in water management, linking urban and rural water management, and more. Managing Water for Australia brings together leading social sciences researchers and practitioners to identify the major challenges in achieving sustainable water management, to consolidate current knowledge, and to explore knowledge gaps in and opportunities for furthering water reform.
Karen Hussey teaches at Australia National University. Stephen Dovers is a Professor and the Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. He focuses on generic policy and institutional dimensions in environment and sustainability, combining contemporary and historical perspectives across a diverse range of sectors, most of which represent environmental dilemmas with strong justice conflicts.