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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)

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PhD programme

Resources, environment and development

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Converging currents: Governance of living waters in the west Kimberley, Australia

Topic description

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

Employment history

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.

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.

Personal links

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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