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Dr Dustin Evan Garrick is a Departmental lecturer and Senior Research Fellow; Co-Director, Smith School Water Programme and Co-Convener, Oxford Water Network. His work focusses at the interface of water and the economy, specializing in political economy and institutional analysis of water allocation reform and water markets as responses to climate change, urbanization and sustainable development challenges. His recent book, Water Allocation in Rivers under Pressure, assesses the evolution and performance of water markets and basin governance reforms in Australia and the US, building on long-term research partnerships in the Colorado, Columbia and Murray-Darling Basins. He currently leads a research observatory on decentralisation and drought resilience in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin of Mexico and the US, where he is developing indicators of fiscal decentralisation and assessing new tools and incentives for adapting to drought-related shocks. He also leads a World Bank-funded project on water reallocation from agriculture to cities in rapidly growing economies, examining the implications for resilient cities and rural livelihoods. This work has included extensive field research in Australia, Mexico and the US and been supported by the Australian Research Council, Canadian Research Council, Global Water Partnership, Fulbright Commission, OECD and World Bank.

Dr Garrick serves as co-director of the Smith School Water Programme, convener of the Oxford Water Network, and on management committee of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network. In these roles, he has extensive experience working with public and private enterprise to build capacity, develop strategy and develop innovative policies based on the latest evidence, methodologies and tools. He has served on numerous international committees, task forces and expert advisory councils, including the OECD / Global Water Partnership Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth and the Expert Advisory Group for the UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water Initiative on Valuing Water.

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