Water Policy and Research with Dr Kat Taylor (#4)


We talk about dance fitness, water governance, and the Global Water Forum.

Dr Kat Taylor (tw: @Katselenataylor), is a researcher at the ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy. Through her work in Perth and regional Australia, she has experience in water policy, wastewater irrigation, household water efficiency and drinking water risk management. Kat is the Managing Editor of Global Water Forum.

In our conversation, we talk about dance fitness, water governance, and the Global Water Forum.

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Show Notes

(00:49) Why environmental science
(01:46) Working towards a focus on water and water policy
(02:47) The importance of water
(04:24) The scope of water governance
(05:14) The scope and context of water issues globally vs locally
(06:18) Australian specific water issues
(07:42) The Global Water Forum
(09:09) Who the Global Water Forum is for
(11:22) The need to draw public attention to a broader range of topics and innovations surrounding water governance
(12:15) Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council
(14:00) What being managing editor at the Global Water Forum involves (15:08) About the GWF podcast
(15:47) Bonus Question 1: What hobby or interest do you have that is most unrelated to your field of work?
(16:55) About Funk n Fit
(18:53) Bonus Question 2: Which childhood book holds the strongest memories for you?
(20:15) Bonus Question 3: What advice you would give someone who wants to do what you do? Or what advice should they ignore?
(25:19) The importance of mentors in career development

Topics/Resources/People Mentioned


  • Poelina, A., Taylor, K., & Perdrisat, I. (2019). Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council: an Indigenous cultural approach to collaborative water governance. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 26, 1--19. https://doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2019.1651226


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