Professor Neville Crossman

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Prof Neville Crossman is a Professorial Research Fellow in Economics. He is currently Program Leader (Adaptation and Innovation) and Government Engagement and Business Development Lead at the One Basin CRC.

He is internationally recognised leader in research and policy for managing land, water and biodiversity. His research focusses specifically on the social and economic benefits of good environmental stewardship and how this knowledge can improve decisions and investments in land and water in Australia and internationally. His 20-year career has spanned the research, policy and private sectors, including as a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO (2005-2016), private international consultant (2016-2018) and as Lead Economist and Director of Social Economics at the Murray-Daling Basin Authority (2018-2024).

Neville’s achievements of note include:

  • Leadership of the 2012 “Assessment of the ecological and economic benefits of environmental water in the Murray–Darling Basin”, the first study to document benefits to the economy of Murray-Darling Basin Plan water recovery;
  • Delivery of the UNCCD Drought Risk Assessment and Management Policy and Technical Guidelines, adopted by more than 30 Less Developed Countries for national drought planning;
  • Development and leadership of the MDBA Social and Economic work program, including the Social and Economic themes of the Murray-Darling Water and Environment Research Program, Basin Condition Monitoring Program, and 2020 Basin Plan Evaluation.

He has also had numerous international advisory roles (United Nations, European Union, World Bank, WWF) where he contributed leadership and expertise on the science-policy of land and water systems. He has published nearly 70 papers in high-impact international refereed journals with over 13,000 career citations, given over 40 papers at international conferences and had editorial roles on several high impact international journals.

Research Interests

Ecological economics

Ecosystem service modelling and valuation

Water economics and policy

Natural resource management policy

Environment-Economic and Natural Capital Accounting

Climate Change Adaptation

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Flinders University

Award Date: 30 Apr 2004

Bachelor, Environmental Management (Honours), Flinders University

Award Date: 30 Apr 2000

Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University

Award Date: 30 Apr 1999

External positions

Program Leader, One Basin CRC

13 Mar 2024 → …


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