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Government appointment beckons UC environmental expert

Marcus Butler

17 January 2017: One of the University of Canberra’s leading environmental scientists, Professor Jane Doolan, has accepted a role at the Australian Productivity Commission as Commissioner (Environment).

The role will see her draw on her experience in sustainable water resources and environmental management – fields she has provided policy advice at both, state and federal level.

Dr Doolan, a professorial fellow in natural resources’ governance with the University’s Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), said the new role was an opportunity to apply her expertise in a broader setting.

“I expect to be involved in the Commission’s work on water planning and management, as well as contributing more broadly to the work of the Commission and I’m really looking forward to this new chapter” Professor Doolan said.

Professor Doolan will work in her new role in a part-time capacity. She will remain an adjunct professor at the University and will continue to work with students and researchers.

IAE director Professor Ross Thompson praised Professor Doolan for her contribution to the University and wished her well in the new role.

“I will miss the formidable knowledge and experience which Jane brought to the IAE and the University,” Professor Thompson said.

“Environmental management, particularly around water resources, is important and will increasingly be a focus for policy makers, researchers and primary producers as we adapt to climate change.

“I think that Jane’s new role will capitalise on her experience, including in areas such as water allocation, river health and catchment management, urban and rural water supply and security, national water reform and water sector governance to benefit the entire nation.

“We’re very happy that she will continue her association with us as an adjunct professor.”