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Maureen Papas

Dr Maureen Papas

Honorary Fellow
Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Law School)

Contact details
Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Law School)
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
+44 (0) 7920 063712
BA (Hon), M.Int.Rel with M.Int.Env.Law, PhD Macq University
Maureen graduated from Macquarie University, Sydney with a Bachelors degree with honours. She also has a double Masters degree in international relations with a Masters of international environmental law and a PhD (law). Maureen’s area of research interest is international and comparative environmental law and policy with an emphasis on water law and policy, water governance and the interface between politics and the law. Her research explores international and national laws for the conservation and management of rural water, comparative water law and policy, as well as multi-level governance systems. Her recent interest is scientific knowledge to promote policy formulation and political decision-making. In 2015, Maureen was invited as an Associate with Water Witness International, a charity which works to improve the way that rivers, streams lakes and aquifers in developing countries are managed. 
Key research
Water law and policy (surface and groundwater)
International environmental law and policy
Freshwater governance
Multi-level governance systems
Intergovernmental relations
Journal Publications

Papas, M 'Water Governance in the Mekong River: New insights and lessons that address future risks (2017) International Journal of Water Resources Development (forthcoming).
Papas, M 'The 2030 Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement - taking urgent action to combat climate change: How is Australia likely to fare? (2017) 20 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 94-114.
Papas, M 'Water Resources Assessment and Seasonal Prediction: To what extent do they sway Australian water management decision making?'(2016) 93 IAHS (Special Issue - Water Resources Assessment and Seasonal Prediction) 1-6 doi: 10.5194/piahs-93-1-2016.
Papas, M 'The Way Forward: Are further changes to Australian water governance inevitable?' (2015) 32 (1) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 75-90.
Papas, M 'River Basin Management Between European Union Member States: What Can Australia Learn From Another Multilevel Governance System?' (2014) 17(2) Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy 153-188.
Papas, M 'International Groundwater Protection: An Australian Perspective' (2008) 19 (6) Journal of Water Law 229-235.
Papas, M 'The Proposed Governance Framework for the Murray-Darling Basin' (2007) 4 (2) Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law 77-90.


'Water, Energy and Agriculture in the context of Climate Change and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda - Mitigating risks to a sustainable future for Australia' International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York September 18-20 2017.
'Climate Change Adaptation and the Pivotal Role of Water: Proposed policy response for Australia' XVI World Water Congress, International Water Resources Association (IWRA), Cancun, Mexico May 29 - June 2, 2017.
"Collaborative working - how integrated perspectives and disciplines can promote better water management decision-making", Paper Session on Socio-Hydrology, AAG Annual Meeting 29 March - 2 April 2016, San-Francisco, US.
“Climate Change Losses and Reductions to Water Entitlement Holders: Who should bear the cost?”, Governing Global Climate Change: Potential and Prospects of a Paris Accord 28 November 2015, International Symposium - hosted by the Centre for International Sustainable Development law (CISDL) and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL), Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, UK.
‘Water Resources Assessment and Seasonal Prediction: To what extent do they sway decision making in water management in Australia?’ International Conference Water Resources Assessment and Seasonal Prediction 13-16 October 2015 in Koblenz, Germany.
"The 1997 UN Watercourses Convention: Evaluating its relevance in the context of Australian federalism", UNWC Global Initiative Symposium, the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention - What Relevance in the 21st Century? 5- 8 June 2012, organised by IHP- HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (under the auspices of UNESCO) and WWF, University of Dundee, Scotland.
"Water Security in Dry Continents: The Implications for Australia", Water Security, Risk & Society International Water Security Conference 16-18 April 2012, Oxford University, UK
"Beyond 'transboundary' Aquifers: Australia's Great Artesian Basin", UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Conference: Transboundary Aquifers - Challenges and New Directions, 6-8 December 2010, Paris, France.

Published Conference Papers

Papas, M 'The 1997 UN Watercourses Convention: Evaluating its relevance in the context of Australian federalism' in The 1997 UN Watercourse Convention: What Relevance in the 21st Century, Post-Proceedings. 5-8 June 2012, University of Dundee, Scotland.   
Papas, M 'Beyond 'transboundary' Aquifers: Australia's Great Artesian Basin' in ISARM 2010 transboundary aquifers - challenges and new directions, Pre-Proceedings. 6-8 December 2010, UNESCO, Paris, France.
Current external positions
Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Law School)
New and noteworthy
Proceedings from International Conference Sustainable Development (ICSD) 2017, Best Papers,
Trustee - Project Waterfall (December 2016 to present)
Associate – Water Witness International (July 2015 to present)
Special advisor, sustainability and systems thinking – Pottinger (November 2014 to present)
Specialist Group Newsletter on Watershed and River Basin Management, International Water Association (IWA), March 2011.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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