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Katherine Taylor



BSc Environmental Science (hons), Murdoch University 2005
BSc Conservation Biology, Murdoch University 2004
Cert IV in Training and Assessment (2015)

Contact details

PhD programme

Resources, environment and development

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

West Kimberley Water Governance

Topic description

The research takes place in two areas of the West Kimberley, Western Australia. It is based on two collaborative research projects, corresponding to partnerships with Nyamba Buru Yawuru and Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation. Regional water security is examined using a postcolonial lens. We aim to understand local water governance needs for supporting water security, highlight water management and governance innovation in the region, and make policy recommendations that address governance gaps.


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

Employment history

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.

Personal info

Kat Taylor is on the board of Environs Kimberley. She is a founding presenter/ producer of the west Kimberley environmental news show, The Sound Environment, on Radio Goolarri.

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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