Professor Sue Jackson

Sue Jackson




Australian Rivers Institute/ School of Environment and Science - Environment and Marine

Areas of research & interest:

  • Biodiversity & conservation
  • Carbon offsets & markets
  • Climate change
  • Communities & society
  • Critical minerals & resources
  • Energy & fuels
  • First Peoples
  • Hydrogen
  • Policy & regulation
  • Social issues


  • Agriculture & environment
  • Carbon & environmental markets
  • Communities in transition
  • Energy & infrastructure
  • First Nations
  • Hydrogen & fuels
  • Policy & regulation

Research Institution:


Professor Sue Jackson is a cultural geographer experienced in researching the social dimensions of natural resource management. Her research has focused on the interaction between Indigenous customary and state environmental governance and planning systems, as well as the meaning of water, its symbolic significance and material value. In a number of recent publications, she has examined settler-colonial water relations and the historical development of Australian water management institutions.Currently, she is a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project on the social and cultural benefits of water and carbon trading. She also leads an ARC Special Initiative (Australian Society and Culture) Project on the Water Cultures of the Murray Darling Basin. In 2023 she was awarded an ARC Linkage Grant titled 'Towards sustainable co-management of groundwater in the Beetaloo region, NT'. She currently leads the Social, Economic, and Cultural Theme of the Water and Environment Program (WERP) of the Murray Darling Basin Authority and recently completed a project within the National Environmental Science Program's North Australian Hub (2017-2021) on the Living Waters of the Martuwarra/Fitzroy River.