Dr Walter Reinhardt

Wal Reinhardt
Visiting Fellow



BSc., BCom., BAg.Sc., (Hons), Grad. Cert. (Innovation and Entrepreneurship)


I am currently undertaking my doctoral research at the Australian National University, where I am investigating demand management policy for residential water and electricity use. Concurrent with my research, I am employed as an Environmental Consultant with Arup and as a tutor with ANU. I am a committee member of ACT Divisions of the Australian Water Association and the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

My research at ANU builds on previous research into urban water demand management at the University of Melbourne in 2009, as part of studies undertaken towards a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours).  I was awarded dual Bachelor of Science and Commerce degrees from the University of Queensland in (2006). Between these studies, and at times during, I have professional experience with The Age Newspaper, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Macquarie Group and Macleod’s Creek Pastoral Company.

During my studies at ANU I have co-convened or tutored the following subjects:

  • Australia’s environment (ENVS1004 / ENVS6104)
  • Environmental policy (ENVS3028 / ENVS6028)
  • Applied Economics: Cost Benefit Analysis  (IDEC8088)
  • Leadership and Influence (VCUG2000)
  • Unravelling Complexity (VCUG3001)


Research interests

  • Policy studies
  • Demand management
  • Urban water
  • Energy policy
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Urban metabolism
  • Natural resource management
  • Risk management



Demand Management in Residential Water and Electricity

Thesis description

At a high level, my doctoral research investigates the evolution of demand management policy for residential water and energy use. My research uses a novel policy framework to analyse the complex array of government activities at various levels, targets and scales of policy action and policy instrument selection.  

My focus is on the policy making in the Australian cities and regions of Sydney, Melbourne and the Australian Capital Territory. In the course of this research I have developed and applied a policy framework which incorporates behavioural science and policy studies through interdisciplinary methods.

This research enables greater conceptual clarity for policy makers and policy scholars. It enables further exploration of efficiency and effectiveness of demand management policy, policy tools for adaptation, cross-sectoral learning and sustainable resource management. This research informs urban water and energy governance and management, economics and climate change adaptation.


  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education 2013
  • ActewAGL/ANU Research Endowment Funding Grant 2012
  • AWA Postgraduate Student Research Award 2011 and 2012
  • ANU Commercialisation Training Scheme & Scholarship 2011
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) PhD Scholarship 2011
  • CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences Postgraduate Studentship 2011


Is demand management a no-regrets adaptation action?, Climate Adaptation Futures Conference, Tucson AZ, June 2012

Policy Instruments for Demand Management, IWA Water Climate Energy World Congress, Dublin Ireland, May 2012

Three things the water security community needs to know about the energy sector, Oxford International Water Security, Risk and Society Conference, Oxford University, April 2012, co-authored with Dr Karen Hussey and Dr Nicole Carter

Water Smart in the Garden State, AWA Water Efficiency Conference, Melbourne, February 2011

Governance and regulation of the urban water sector: Quoi de neuf?, forthcoming in Understanding and Managing Urban Water in Transition by Daniell et al (Eds), co-authored with Dr Laetitia Guerin-Schneider

Energy Sector Transformation: Implications for Water Governance, forthcoming in Australian Journal of Water Resources, with Karen Hussey and Nicole Carter

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