Professor Katherine Daniell

BEng (Civil) (Hons) / BA (Adel.), PhD (ANU/AgroParisTech, France)

Prof Katherine Daniell is an Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment & Society and the Research Lead at the 3A Institute - the ANU's first innovation institute with the mission of building a new applied science to 'manage the machines'.

Prof Daniell's current research focusses on the challenges of implementing collaborative approaches to policy and action for sustainable development. In this field, she has recently worked in Europe and the Asia-Pacific on projects related to international science and technology cooperation, water governance, risk management, sustainable urban development and climate change adaptation.

Prof Daniell has produced over 100 academic publications, including 4 books and a diverse range of book chapters, papers, reports and edited collections.

In research management and cooperation building roles, Prof Daniell has been the ANU's European Research Development Manager and is currently President of the Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation (AFRAN) Inc.

She has previously worked in the ANU's Centre for European Studies, Centre for Policy Innovation and the H.C. Coombs Policy Forum at the Crawford School of Public Policy on a range of Australian Public Service - ANU and international cooperation projects, including the PACE-Net and PACE-Net+ EU projects on developing Pacific-European bi-regional dialogue on science, technology and innovation.

She has previously taught executive development courses for the Australian National Institute for Public Policy (ANIPP) on multi-level governance and convened Masters and undergraduate courses in the Fenner School on Environmental Policy and Participatory Resource Management.

Prof Daniell has received many awards and honours for her work including a John Monash Scholarship and election as a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust. She has served on the ACT (2009-2011, 2015-2016) and National (2013-2014) Selection Panels for the John Monash Scholarships.

Prof Daniell currently serves as a member of the National Committee on Water Engineering (Engineers Australia), Director and Board Member of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, a member of the Initiatives of the Future of Great Rivers and is the Editor of the Australasian Journal of Water Resources.

Research interests

  • Politics and cultures of innovation
  • Multi-level governance and inter-organisational cooperation
  • Water and environmental policy, engineering and management
  • Sustainability theory and practice: strategic planning, risk assessment, evaluation programs
  • Design and coordination of participatory processes for decision-aiding and conflict management
  • Leadership, futures-thinking, capacity building, education and knowledge management.

Projects and Grants


  • Daniell, KA 2012, Co-engineering and Participatory Water Management: Organisational Challenges for Water Governance, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 346p.
  • Daniell, KA 2011, Enhancing collaborative management in the Basin, Chapter 26. In: Connell, D, Grafton, RQ (eds) Basin Futures: Water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin, ANU E-Press, Canberra, pp. 413-438.
  • Daniell, KA, Coombes, PJ & White, I 2011, Multi-level governance and the politics of innovation in the water sector, Proceedings of the 34th IAHR World Congress (including the 33rd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium): "Balance and Uncertainty - Water in a Changing World", 27 June- 1 July 2011, Brisbane, Australia. ISBN 978-0-85825-868-6
  • Daniell, KA, Ribarova, IS & Ferrand, N 2011, Collaborative flood and drought risk management in the Upper Iskar Basin, Bulgaria, Chapter 19. In: Grafton, RQ & Hussey, K (eds) Water Resources Planning and Management, Cambridge University Press, pp.395-420.
  • Daniell, KA, Mazri, C & Tsoukias, A 2010, Real world decision-aiding: a case of participatory water management. In: Rios Insua, D & French, S (eds) e-Democracy: A Group Decision and Negotiation Perspective, (Advances in Group Decision and Negotiation Series, Vol. 5, Part 2) Springer, Dordrecht. pp. 125-150.
  • Sendzimir, J, Magnuszewski, P, Barreteau, O, Ferrand, N, Daniell, KA & Haase, D (2010) Participatory Modelling. In: Mysiak, J, Henrikson, HJ, Sullivan, C, Bromley, J, Pahl-Wostl, C (eds) The Adaptive Water Resource Management Handbook, Earthscan, London, UK, pp. 39-43.
  • Daniell, KA, Hogan, A, Cleary, J 2010. Breaking down the "one-size-fits-all" approach to rural and regional policy in the face of climate change: enhancing policy initiatives through multi-level governance, Climate Change Adaptation and Governance Workshop, NCCARF Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions Network, 16-19 November, UNSW Sydney,10p.
  • Daniell, JE, Daniell, KA, Daniell, TM, Khazai, B 2010. A country level physical and community risk index in the Asia-Pacific region for earthquakes and floods. Proceedings 5th Civil Engineering Conference in the Asia Region (CECAR5) and the Australasian Structural Engineering Conference 2010 (ASEC2010), 8-12 August 2010, Sydney, Australia.
  • Daniell, KA 2008. Co-engineering participatory modelling processes for water planning and management / Co-ingénierie des processus de modélisation participative pour la planification et la gestion de l'eau (2 Volumes) PhD Thesis, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and AgroParisTech, Montpellier, France, 735p.
  • Daniell, KA, Coad, P, Ribarova, IS, White, I, Ferrand, N, Rougier, J-E, Jones, N, Popova, A, Tsoukiàs, A, Burn, S & Perez, P 2008, Participatory risk management approaches for water governance: insights from Australia and Bulgaria. In: Proceedings of the World Water Congress, 1-4 September 2008, Montpellier, France.
  • Bots, PWG, Daniell, KA, Dionnet, M, Jamin, J-Y, Koundouri, P & Maraux. F 2008. Report: Design and application of virtual and real tests - general framework, comparison and insights gained, D5.3-3, AquaStress IP, FP6, Europe.
  • Dionnet, M, Daniell, KA, Rollin, D, Koundouri, P, Bots, PWG, von Korff, Y, Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, L, Giordano, R & Bluemling, B 2008. How to test and evaluate. In: Wolters, H. Assimacopoulos, D, Manez, M, Dionnet, M, Guiliano, G (eds) Guidance on water stress mitigation: experiences and inspirations from the AquaStress Integrated Project, December 2008, AquaStress IP, FP6, Europe, pp. 91-114.
  • Daniell, KA 2007. Understanding the diversity of sustainability viewpoints. A brief sustainability literature summary for COMMOD-ADD, Report prepared for COMMOD-ADD (ANR Project), Montpellier, France, 7p.
  • Daniell, KA 2007. Summary Report: Stakeholder Workshops 2 & 3 for the Lower Hawkesbury Estuary Management Plan, June 2007. Report prepared for the Hornsby Shire Council and BMT WBM, NSW, Australia, 92p.
  • Ferrand, N, Daniell, KA 2006. Comment évaluer la contribution de la modélisation participative au développement durable ? Seminaire interdisciplinaire sur le développement durable, 30 November 2006, Lille, France, 20p.
  • Daniell, KA, Ferrand, N 2006. Participatory Modelling for Water Resources Management and Planning, D3.8.2, AquaStress IP, FP6, Europe, 58p.
  • Manez, M, Silva, A, Daniell, KA, Ferrand, N, Froebrich, J 2006. Participatory Modelling in Dam Management: A case study of the Guadiana River in the Iberian Peninsula, In: Proceedings of the IWA conference on "Innovations in coping with water and climate related risks", 25 - 27 September 2006, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Bouleau, G, Snellen, B, Raymond, R & Daniell, KA 2005, Intermediate Report: Planning Theories and Water Stress, D3.7.1, AquaStress IP, FP6, Europe, 26p.
  • Daniell, KA, Kingsborough, AB, Malovka, DJ, Sommerville, HC, Foley, BA, & Maier, HR 2004, A Review of Sustainability Assessment for Housing Developments, Departmental Report No. R175, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, 30p.