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Dr Erin O’Donnell

Research Fellow

Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

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Erin is a water law and policy specialist, focusing on water markets, environmental flows, and water governance. She has worked in water resource management since 2002, in both the private and public sectors.

Erin is recognized internationally for her research into the ground breaking new field of legal rights for rivers, and the challenges and opportunities these new rights create for protecting the multiple social, cultural and natural values of rivers.

In 2018, Erin was appointed to the inaugural Birrarung Council, the voice of the Yarra River. For the last two and a half years, Erin has been working in partnership with Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) on a project to identify law and policy pathways to increase Aboriginal access to water rights in Victoria.