Supervisor(s) and panel members
Water colonialism is embedded in Australia’s water governance frameworks. Decades of Australian water reforms have failed to address this water justice issue. In this thesis, lead researcher Kat Taylor partnered with two organisations in the West Kimberley, Western Australia (WA): Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation (WAC) representing Nyikina and Mangala peoples, and Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY), representing Yawuru people. Both WAC and NBY have a strong expertise and interest in water. A Participatory Action Research orientation was underpinned by critical research theory, with attention to decolonising methodologies. The exploratory research had two objectives. Firstly, to apply a water colonial lens to critique discourses about water governance, policy and security. Secondly, to outline water policy/governance options that work towards water decolonisation and/or address gaps in WA’s water governance model.
Taylor, Katherine Selena, Sheri Longboat, and Rupert Quentin Grafton. 2019. “Whose Rules? A Water Justice Critique of the OECD’s 12 Principles on Water Governance.” Water 11 (4): 809. Reprinted in Eds: Nicole J. Wilson, Leila M. Harris, Joanne Nelson, and Sameer H. Shah Water Governance: Retheorizing Politics, 2019.
Poelina, Anne, Kathrine S. Taylor, and Ian Perdrisat. 2019. “Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council: An Indigenous Cultural Approach to Collaborative Water Governance.” Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 26 (3): 236–54.
Taylor, Katherine Selena. 2019. “What Does ‘Water Security’ Mean for Australia? A Review of Australian Policy.” Australian Parliamentary Library Summer Scholar Report Series.
Taylor, KS, Moggridge, BJ & Poelina, A 2017, Australian Indigenous Water Policy and the impacts of the ever-changing political cycle. Australasian Journal of Water Resources, vol. 0, no. 0, pp. 1–16.
Grey-Gardner, R. and Taylor, K.S., 2009. Bridge Over Troubled Water. National Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health conference, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, May 12-15 2009.
Grey-Gardner, R. and Taylor, K.S. 2010. Community Water Planner Field Guide. National Water Commission, Australian Government, Canberra.
Taylor, K.S., 2010. Waterwise Action in Central Australia, (PDF, 2MB). Power and Water Corporation, Darwin.
Taylor, K.S., Anda, M., Sturman, J., Mathew, K., and Ho, G., 2005. Subsurface Dripline Tubing- An Experimental Design for Assessing the Effectiveness of Using Dripline to Apply Treated Wastewater for Turf Irrigation in Western Australia. Integrated Concepts In Water Recycling. Wollongong, NSW, Australia, February 14- 17, 2005. Reproduced in the Journal of Desalination 187(2006) 375-385
Scholarships and fellowships
- Australian Post Graduate Award
- 2018 Australian Parliamentary Library Summer Scholar
Current: Managing Editor, Global Water Forum, 2019
Prior to starting her PhD, Kat worked for close to a decade with NGOs in the central Australian and Kimberley regions. She has experience from a variety of collaborative projects involving: drinking water risk management, on-country water research, water rights, water conservation and environmental education.
January 2013 – 2016
Centre for Appropriate Technology, Alice Springs, 2015
Trainer/ assessor, Certificate II in Remote Area Essential Services
Kimberley Land Council, Broome, 2010-2011
Drinking Water Project Officer/ West Kimberley Indigenous Community Water Facilitator.
Centre for Appropriate Technology, Alice Springs, 2009
Research assistant, Community Water Planner Field Guide project.
Arid Lands Environment Centre, Alice Springs, 2007-2009
COOLmob project manager
WA Department of Water, Kwinana, Perth, 2007
Natural resource management officer
Environmental Technology Centre, Murdoch University, 2006
Researcher, treated wastewater irrigation.
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia