Dr Daniel Connell

PhD (Australian National University)
Research Fellow, Environment and Development Program
Crawford School of Public Policy

Daniel Connell researches the governance of trans-boundary rivers in the federal systems of Australia, South Africa, United States, Mexico, European Union (Spain), India, China and Brazil. Themes include the impact of the historical legacy, water reform, environmental justice, public participation, cultural change, institutional design, distribution of costs and benefits across borders, water markets and risk created by the interaction of different levels of government. He also contributes to the ongoing debate about the future of the Murray Darling Basin – the subject of his book Water Politics in the Murray-Darling Basin published in 2007. This has included presentations to government departments and agencies, Treasury, Environment Water and Heritage, National Water Commission, Land and Water Australia, Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Murray Darling Basin Authority, the rural Labor Caucus, the writing of Op Ed articles for news papers and interviews for radio and television. In addition he works with Professor Quentin Grafton who holds the ANU – UNESCO chair in Water Economics and Trans-boundary Governance focusing on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research interests

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Environment Policy
  • Historical Studies
  • Communication And Media Studies
  • Grafton, R. Q, McLindin, M, Hussey, K et al 2016, 'Responding to Global Challenges in Food, Energy, Environment and Water: Risks and Options Assessment for Decision-Making', Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 275-299.
  • Connell, D 2015, 'Irrigation, water markets and sustainability in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin', Agriculture and Agricultural Science Procedia, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 133-139.
  • Garrick, D, Anderson, G, Connell, D et al, eds, 2014, Federal Rivers Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems, IWA Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA.
  • Garrick, D, Anderson, G, Connell, D et al 2014, 'Federal rivers: a critical overview of water governance challenges in federal systems', in Garrick, D., Anderson, G.R.M., Connell, D., Pittock, J (ed.), Federal Rivers Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems, IWA Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, pp. 3-19.
  • Garrick, D, De Stefano, L, Pittock, J et al 2014, 'Transboundary Water Management in Federal Political Systems: A Story of Three Semi-arid Rivers', in Bhaduri, A., Bogardi, J., Leentvaar, J., Marx, S. (ed.), The Global Water System in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance, Springer, Germany, pp. 343-353.
  • Connell, D 2014, 'The Murray-Darling Basin', in Garrick, D., Anderson, G.R.M., Connell, D., Pittock, J (ed.), Federal Rivers Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems, IWA Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, pp. 309-322.
  • Ross, A & Connell, D 2014, 'The evolution of river basin management in the Murray-Darling Basin', in Dave Huitema and Sander Meijerink (ed.), The Politics Of River Basin Organisations: Coalitions, Institutional Design Choices and Consequences, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, pp. 326-355.
  • Connell, D 2014, 'Natural Resources Management: steering not rowing against the current in the Murray-Darling Basin', in Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard (ed.), Australian Public Policy: Progressive ideas in the neoliberal ascendency, The Policy Press, Bristol and Chicago, pp. 263-278.
  • Garrick, D, De Stefano, L, Fung, F et al 2013, 'Managing hydroclimatic risks in federal rivers: A diagnostic assessment', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series A, vol. 371, no. 2002, pp. 20120415-20120415.
  • Connell, D 2013, 'Catchment management across borders in the Murray-Darling Basin', International Journal of River Basin Management, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 167-173.
  • Pittock, J & Connell, D 2013, 'Water governance', in R. Quentin Grafton, Jamie Pittock, Maree Tait & Chris White (ed.), Water: Security, Economics and Governance, Tilde Publishing and Distribution, Prahan Victoria, Australia, pp. 371-382.
  • Connell, D 2013, 'Federalism and Water Management in Australia: Unintended Consequences in the Murray-Darling Basin', in Howes, S. and Rao, M. Govinda (ed.), Federal Reform Strategies: Lessons from Asia and Australia, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp. 110-129.
  • Marshall, G, Connell, D & Taylor, B 2013, 'Australia's Murray-Darling Basin: A Century of Polycentric Experiments in Cross- Border Integration of Water Resources Management', International Journal of Water Governance, vol. 1, no. 3-4, pp. 197-217.
  • Grafton, R, Pittock, J, Davis, R et al 2012, 'Global insights into water resources, climate change and governance', Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/nclimate1746
  • Grafton, R.Q., Pittock, J, Davis, R, Kompas T., et al 2013, 'Global insights into water resources, climate change and governance', in R. Quentin Grafton, J. Pittock, M. Tait, C. White (ed.), Water Security, Economics and Governance, Tilde Publishing and Distribution, Prahan Victoria, Australia, pp. 550-562.
  • Connell, D 2011, 'The role of the commonwealth environmental water holder', in Daniel Connell and R Quentin Grafton (ed.), Basin Futures: Water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin, ANU ePress, Canberra, pp. 327-338.
  • Connell, D 2011, 'Decision-making in the Murray-Darling Basin', in R. Quentin Grafton and Karen Hussey (ed.), Water Resources Planning and Management, Cambridge University Press, New York, USA, pp. 673-686.
  • Connell, D & Cork, S 2011, 'Governance and drought in the Murray darling basin', 2011 GEOSS Workshop XL - Managing Drought through Earth Observation, GEOSS 2011, IEEE, Sydney, NSW.
  • Connell, D 2011, 'Water Reform and the Federal System in the Murray-Darling Basin', Water Resources Management, vol. 25, no. 15, pp. 3993-4003.
  • Connell, D & Grafton, R.Q. 2011, 'Water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin', Water Resources Research, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. W00G03-9.
  • Connell, D & Grafton, R.Q., eds, 2011, Basin Futures: Water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin, ANU ePress, Canberra.
  • Connell, D 2010, Managing Climate Variability in Australia, South Africa, United States and Spain.
  • Connell, D 2010, Sustainability and the National Water Initiative.
  • Connell, D 2010, 'H2O=Life', reCollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. online.
  • Connell, D 2010, 'Water: H 2O=Life', reCollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 1-6.
  • Pittock, J & Connell, D 2010, 'Australia Demonstrates the Planet�??s Future: Water and Climate in the Murray-Darling Basin', International Journal of Water Resources Development, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 561-578.
  • Connell, D 2009, 'The costs of diffused responsibility', Textile Asia, vol. 40, no. 2-3, pp. 32-33.
  • Connell, D, Grafton, R.Q. & Ward, J 2009, The case for a Revised National Water Initiative for Northern Australia.
  • Connell, D, Turral, H & McKay, J 2009, 'Much Ado about the Murray: the drama of restraining water use', in Francois Molle and Phillipus Wester (ed.), River Basin Trajectories: societies, environments and development, CABI Publishing, Oxfordshire, UK, pp. 263-293.
  • Grafton, R & Connell, D 2008, 'Planning for Water Security in the Murray-Darling Basin', Public Policy, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 67-86.
  • Connell, D 2007, Water Politics in the Murray-Darling Basin, The Federation Press, Sydney Australia.
  • Connell, D 2007, 'Contrasting Approaches to Water Management in the Murray-Darling Basin', Australian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 6-13.
  • Connell, D, Robins, L & Dovers, S 2007, 'Delivering the national water initiative: Institutional roles, responsibilities and capacities', in K Hussey and S Dovers (ed.), Managing water for Australia: the social and institutional challenges, CSIRO Publishing, Malbourne, pp. 127-140.
  • Connell, D & Dovers, S 2006, 'Tail Wags Dog -- Water Markets and the National Water Initiative', Public Administration Today, vol. july september, pp. 17-23.
  • Connell, D & Colebatch, H 2006, 'Creating a focus for policy: The evolution of the Murray-Darling Basin', in Colebatch., H (ed.), Beyond the policy cycle: the policy process in Australia, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 91-112.
  • Hussey, K & Connell, D 2006, 'Water Policy is not that simple', On Line opinion, vol. 1, no. February 2006.
  • Connell, D, Dovers, S & Grafton, R 2005, 'A Critical Analysis of the National Water Initiative', Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 82-107.
  • Connell, D 2005, 'Managing climate for the Murray-Darling Basin (1850-2050)', in T Sherratt, T Griffiths, L Robin (ed.), A Change in the Weather: Climate and Culture in Australia, National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra Australia, pp. 82-91.
  • Robin, Libby & Connell, D 2005, 'History and the environment', in R.Q.Grafton, L.Robin & RJ Wasson (ed.), Understanding the environment: bridging the disciplinary divides, University of New South Wales Press Ltd, Sydney, pp. 8-22.
  • Connell, D 2003, 'Section 100 � A barrier to environmental reform?', Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 8, pp. 83-97.