Dr Awadhesh Prasad

BE(Civil) (Ranchi Uni), PGDCA, (I.Gandi Uni), MSc(Hydrology) (Flinders), MELaw (ANU), PhD (ANU)
Honorary Lecturer

Awadhesh Prasad has over two decades of experience in the environment sector in research, policy development and program and administration. For major part of his career, he has been working with the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) Authority (MDBA) – an independent authority responsible for the integrated planning and management of the water resources of the MDB.  Here, he has been instrumental in implementation the MDB Cap on diversions —a pioneering environmental policy that provided the basis for sustainable water management in the MDB. Awadhesh has also made international professional contributions to sustainable environmental management through UNESCO. In his early career, Awadhesh worked for a decade in India in the public sector.

Research interests

Institutional, scientific and people aspects of environmental management and sustainable development including formulation and implementation of environmental and sustainable development policies and programs and their accountability chains, such as monitoring, evaluation and  auditing of performance.

Prasad, A., 2017 Environmental Performance Auditing In Australia, Canada and India, International Journal of Government Auditing 44(2): 23-25

Prasad, A., 2016 Global Trends in Performance Auditing of Environmental Policy and Programs Implementation. Paper submitted to the International Conference on Sustainable Development and Livelihoods, Kuala Lumpur, 26-28 August 2016.

Prasad A., 2011. The Murray-Darling Basin Australia’s journey of sustainability, Journal of Hydrologic Environment 7(1) – ISSN: 1738-8449  

Prasad A., 2010. Use of modern technologies in estimating unaccounted water uses in Murray-Darling Basin, Australia, in Proc. of the tenth IHP/IAHS George Kovacs Colloquium at UNESCO, Paris, 2–3 July 2010: Hydrocomplexity: New Tools for Solving Wicked Water Problems

Prasad A., 2008. Murray-Darling Basin, Australia: A Success Story in Trans-boundary Water Management, IV International Symposium on Trans-boundary Waters Management, Thessaloniki, Greece, 15th – 18th October 2008. 

Prasad A., 2005. Strategies to Cope With the Climate Variability and Change in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia, Stockholm Water Symposium, Workshop 2 -23 August 2005

Prasad A., and Simmons, C. T., 2004. Using quantitative indicators to evaluate results from variable-density groundwater flow models, Hydrogeology Journal, 10.1007/s10040-004-0338-0.

S Khan, A Prasad, J Blackwell and T Rana 2004. Evidence, Stakeholder Perspectives and Adaptation Options For Climate Change in the Murray Darling Basin, Submitted for Special Publication by Dialogue On Water And Climate (DWC).

Prasad A., and Simmons, C. T., 2003. Unstable density-driven flow in heterogeneous porous media: A stochastic study of the Elder (1967b) “short-heater” problem, Water Resources Research, 39(1) 1007, doi:10.1029/2002WR001290.

Prasad A., Simmons, C. T., and Narayan, K.A., 1999. On the use of the Rayleigh number in variable- density groundwater flow problems, Proc. Of The Joint congress of the 25th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and 2nd International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Research “Water 99”, Brisbane, Vol. 2, 1076-1081.