Senior Fellow – Water Policy and Management


Jeff Camkin is an international water and sustainability consultant with 30 years’ experience in water, fisheries and agriculture policy, stakeholder engagement, research and education. Jeff is presently Adj. Prof. at UWA’s Institute of Agriculture, lecturer at Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) and University of Algarve (Portugal) and a global consultant. With qualifications in applied science and natural resources law, previous roles in government, academia, research organisations, NGOs and the private sector, and experience in Asia, Africa, Europe, America and the Pacific, he has a well-rounded understanding of natural resources and sustainable development. Jeff is founder and Editor-in-Chief of World Water Policy Journal – a platform for the world’s emerging water leaders and thinkers. 

Major Accomplishments

  • Awarded the International Eminent Scientist for “Outstanding contribution to research and community in water management and policy planning” by the International River-Basin Foundation (WCPI) and River Water Users Association (IRDRA), India (2021). 
  • Contracted by UNESCO Beijing as part of a small team of experts to support development of a roadmap for science, education technology and innovation in Mongolia (2021 – present) 
  • Conceived, coordinated and moderated the first Uzbekistan – Australia Workshop on Water Management Reform Implementation on behalf of Fortescue Future Industries (2021). 
  • Led a UNESCO Jakarta project Local and National Mapping on Implementation Strategies and Mechanisms to Enable Open Science for Accelerating SDGs in Asia and the Pacific and to design and conduct capacity building program for Open Science in Asia Pacific (2021 – present). 
  • Supported UNESCO’s efforts to support sustainable development in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Africa, including authoring a book on the developing field of Sustainability Science based on the experiences of several demonstration sites in Southeast Asia (2016),synthesis and recommendations for upscaling water security in Africa and Asia-Pacific (2017), synthesis of the lessons learnt from the 35 projects in the 10-year Malaysia-UNESCO Cooperation Program (MUCP) and Chair the MUCP Roundtable: Innovative Models for Promoting South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development through Education, Sciences, Culture, and Communication and Information – a side event to the 38th UNESCO General Conference at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (2019). 
  • Led an Australian Aid Australia-Pakistan Agricultural Scholarships Course in Irrigation and Integrated Water Management funded by Australian Aid. This was a 6-week course for 24 farmers, educators, researchers and policy-makers from Pakistan with all materials and discussions translated between English and Urdu, and from Urdu into local dialects. That course continues to make an impact on agricultural and water management in Pakistan (e.g. Malik Jahan Zeb video 8/1/2019); Syed Muhammad Ali: Diversifying farming through innovation and knowledge-sharing). (2014) 
  • Established World Water Policy Journal as a platform for the world’s emerging water leaders and thinkers. The journal is now published as World Water Policy by Wiley-Blackwell and I remain Editor-in-Chief. 
  • Developed and delivered new co-learning methodologies for Master and trade-level water education in Australia, Europe and Asia for over 300 students from 70 different countries through several organisations including University of Western Australia, International water Centre and International Centre for Integrated Water Management (Australia), Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), University of Algarve (Portugal) (2012 – present). 
  • Invited by the Premier of Western Australia to review and recommend to his Cabinet the best water governance arrangements for the state. The recommendations incorporated lessons in strategic water management taken from Churchill Fellowship and Australian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage funded study tours to south and north America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. The recommendations were accepted in full for implementation by the WA Government (2005). 
  • Invoked the precautionary principle and proposed, and subsequently implemented, a controversial closure of Shark Bay, Western Australia, to recreational fishing for pink snapper in order to protect biologically vulnerable stocks severely depleted through recreational fishing. Ten years later, the Department of Fisheries received the Premier’s Award for Public Sector Management for recovery of the fish stock (2005). 

Key Projects/Engagements

Current appointments 

  • Adj. Prof. (Water Resource Management), UWA Institute for Agriculture, University of Western Australia, Australia (2010 – )  
  • Honorary Lecturer (Water Governance and Integrated Water Resource Management), Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (2016 – ) and University of Algarve, Portugal (2010 – ) 
  • Global water and sustainability consultant, Portugal/Australia/global (Feb 2014 – ) 
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, World Water Policy Journal, Washington, USA (2013 – ) 
  • Member. International Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) Working Group on Capacity Development, Training and Education. Global. (2021 – ) 

Previous appointments 

  • Adjunct Professor and Module Coordinator, International Water Centre/Griffith University, Australia (2012 – 2020) 
  • Western Australian Branch President/Director/Global Ambassador, Australian Water Association (1997-14) 
  • Director/Research Leader Australian Research Centre for Water in Society, Sustainability Specialist Northern Australia Irrigation Futures, and Program Leader Irrigation System Harmonisation, CSIRO/CRC for Irrigation Futures (2005-09) 
  • Manager Water Allocation, Strategy Manager Water Resources, Policy Advisor to the Minister for Water Resources/Environment and Principal Policy Officer (Water Industry Arrangements), Department of Water and Western Australian Department of Premier & Cabinet, WA (1997-2005) 
  • Recreational Fishing Policy and Planning Officer and Special Projects Officer/Advisor to the Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries, WA Department of Fisheries/WA Department of Agriculture WA (1995-97) 


  • Camkin, J., Neto, S., Bhattarai, B., Ojha, H., Khan, S., Sugiura, A., Lin, J., Nurritasari, F. & Karanja, J. M. (2022). Open science for accelerating sustainable development goals: status and prospects in Asia and the Pacific. Frontiers in Political Science special issue ‘Advancing UNESCO Member States’ National Development Goals on Open Science, SETI and SDGs in Asia and the Pacific’. In review. 
  • Hemant, O., Schofield, N. and Camkin, J. Eds. (2022). Climate Risks to Water Security – Framing Effective Response in Asia and the Pacific. Eds: Hemant Ojha (University of Canberra), Nick Schofield (Global Future Research) and Jeff Camkin (UWA). Springer Nature. Switzerland. Approx. 170pp  
  • Neto, S. and Camkin, J. (2022). Transparency, regional diversity, and capacity building: cornerstones for trust and engagement in good water governance. Water International Volume 47, 2022 – Issue 2: Measuring the Impacts of Water Governance. DOI: 
  • Icyimpaye, A., Sharifi, S., Anyanwu, I., Aletoum, E., Tiwari, D., Mumba Kanyunge, C., Otekpo, A., Malemba, E., Adhiambo, B., Itenya, W. and Camkin, J. (2022). Insights from the first International Water Policy Lab Champions’ Forum: Developing modalities for co-creating knowledge, policy, and practice. World Water Policy Journal. Vol 8, Issue 1. 
  • De Duonni, A., Neto, S. and Camkin, J. 2019. Defining the investment value of water entitlements. World Water Policy 5(2):94-117. Wiley. 
  • Neto, S., Camkin, J., Fenemor, A., Tan, P-L., Baptista, J.M., Ribeiro, M., Shulze, R., Stuart-Hill, S., Spray, C. and Rahmah, E. 2018. OECD principles on water governance in practice: an assessment of existing frameworks in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America. Water International Vol. 43, Iss. 1, Special Issue: The OECD Principles on Water Governance: from policy standards to practice. 2017. 
  • Camkin, J. 2017. Lessons learnt and best practices from UNESCO Sustainability Demonstration Sites in Southeast Asia. UNESCO. Available at  
  • Camkin, J. 2017. Synthesis Report and Recommendations for Strengthening Collaboration between Asian and African Category-2 Water Centres and Chairs for Upscaling Water Security to Meet Local, Regional and Global Challenge. UNESCO. Published by UNESCO and available online at   
  • Camkin, J. and Neto, S. 2016. Roles, rights and responsibilities in water governance: reframing the water governance debate. World Affairs Journal. Vol. 179, Issue 3. 2017. DOI: 10.1177/0043820017690944 
  • Wilson, S.J., Baldwin, C., Camkin, J., Fidelman, P., Silva, O., Neto, S. and Smith, T. 2016. Water: drought, crisis and governance in Australia and Brazil. Water, 2016, 8(11). 2016. 
  • Camkin, J. 2016. Sharing stakeholder knowledge across water management boundaries and interfaces: experiences from Australian and New Zealand ‘HELP’ basins. Australian Journal of Water Resources. Vol 20, Issue 1. 2016. DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2016.1211471 
  • Camkin, J. and Neto, S. 2013. New learning foundations for building water knowledge bridges. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education. Innovation in Water Education at Universities. Issue 150. 
  • Huntjens, P., Lebel, L., Pahl-Wostl, C., Camkin, J., Schulze, R., and Kranz, N. 2012. Institutional Design Propositions for the Governance of Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector. Global Environmental Change, Volume 22, Issue 1, February 2012, pp. 67-81. 
  • Camkin, J.K. 2011. Adapting to changing hydrology, ecology and community attitudes to water at the Ord River, Northwestern Australia, Journal of Hydrologic Environment, 17, 11, pp. 17-30. 
  • Camkin, J.K., Bristow, K.L., Petheram, C., Paydar, Z., Cook, F.J. & J. Story. 2008. Designs for the future: The role of sustainable irrigation in northern Australia. In: Sustainable Irrigation: Management Technologies and Policies II. Villacampa Estve, Y., Brebbia, C.A. and D. Prats Rico (Eds). WIT Press 2008. (ISBN 978-1-84564-116-0) pp. 293-302. 2008. doi:10.2495/SI080291  

Prof Camkin’s full list of academic publications can be found here: