Dr Ana Manero


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Ana is a post-doc research fellow at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, working on water economics and governance. Ana’s current research is focused on improving the understanding and valuation of water resources, for resilient decision-making and greater water justice. Ana also holds an adjunct research fellow position at the University of Western Australia. 

Ana completed her PhD at the ANU in 2018, thesis title: Water distribution within smallholder irrigation schemes in Tanzania and its implications for economic inequality.

Originally from Spain, Ana has studies and worked France, Italy, the USA (Master Thesis at University of California Berkeley) and Tanzania (PhD fieldwork). Ana holds a PhD in agricultural economics (Australian National University) and B.Sc. and M. Sc. civil and environmental engineering (UPC-Barcelona and ENPC-Paris).

Prior to completing her PhD, Ana worked for six years as a water engineer in the private and public sectors in Europe and across Australia.


Sse full publication list here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=znIYgLgAAAAJ&hl=en

Research interests

Ana's main research interests are focused on finding strategies for sustainable management of natural resources, in a way that considers human values and wellbeing, as well as environmental protection. Current and past areas of research range from water and agriculture, to mining and energy. Through 10 years of work as an academic and a consultant, Ana has developed a strong passion for results-driven research, drawing from multiple fields, including economics, engineering, environmental and social sciences.



Researcher's projects

In July 2020, Ana joined the Water Justice Hub as a post-doc research fellow on Porf Quentin Grafton's ARC Laureate project. The aim of the reserach is to improve our understanding of the relationship Indigenous Australians have with water, and recognise water’s economic, environmental and socio-cultural values held by First Peoples.

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, PhD, Water distribution within smallholder irrigation schemes in Tanzania and its implications for economic inequality, The Australian National University

15 Feb 201420 Aug 2017

Award Date: 5 Jun 2018

M.Sc. Environmental Engineering, École des Ponts ParisTech

Award Date: 15 May 2008

M.Sc. Thesis , Comparative Water Management Practices in California and Spain , University of California at Berkeley

Award Date: 30 Nov 2007

B.Sc. Civil Engineering , Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya–BarcelonaTech (UPC)

Award Date: 15 Jun 2004

External positions

Adjunct, University of Western Australia

12 Jul 2012 → …

Expertise Areas

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development
  • Economic Development and Growth
  • Environment and Resource Economics


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