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Research Advisory Committee



The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) assists the Director in the development of the Research and Development Plan of the Goyder Institute and ensures that research is of international quality in areas that will ensure that South Australia’s science is being most effectively deployed to manage the water issues facing South Australia. It may conduct periodic reviews of Goyder Institute research project activities and make recommendations about the direction, content and details of future activities.

The RAC is chaired by the Goyder Institute Director and comprises a research coordinator from each research partner, up to two representatives from agencies as determined by the State, a representative of SARDI, a representative of the Australian Water Quality Centre, and up to three specialists as agreed by the Management Board.


The members of the RAC are:


Dr Kane Aldridge, Director, Goyder Institute for Water Research

Kane commenced as Acting Director of the Goyder Institute in September 2017. This followed an ongoing and productive association with the Goyder Institute since its commencement, with Kane in leadership roles for several Goyder Institute research projects during this time.

Kane has extensive experience in the science-policy interface within the water sector in Australia and South Australia. Before joining the Institute, Kane had a joint-role with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) and The University of Adelaide. In this role, Kane established and led many multi-disciplinary and multi-organisation projects focussed on providing new knowledge to directly inform water policy and management. This role has also included providing scientific advice to policy within the department and a research leadership role within the university. The focus of this work was on informing the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Kane has also previously worked at SA Water, as a consultant within the private sector, at the Max Planck Institute (Germany) and at the University of British Columbia (Canada). Kane has a PhD and Bachelor of Environment Science (Honours) from The University of Adelaide.

Professor Justin Brookes, Director, Water Research Centre, University of Adelaide

Professor Justin Brookes, Director, Water Research Centre, University of Adelaide

Justin has broad research interests in limnology and water treatment with a primary focus on coupling between hydrodynamics, biology and water quality contaminants such as cyanobacteria and pathogens. He is a founding member of the management committee of the IWA Specialist Group on Lake and Reservoir Management and member of the Steering Committee for the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network . 

Justin has a PhD and a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from the University of Adelaide.



 Prof Jim Cox, Acting Research Chief, Sustainable Systems, SARDIProfessor Jim Cox, Acting Research Chief, Sustainable Systems, SARDI

Jim Cox is Acting Research Chief, Sustainable Systems within the South Australian Research and Development Institute (PIRSA-SARDI) and Adjunct Professor at Adelaide University. Jim did a BSc at Flinders University, majoring in Hydrology and was awarded a PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1988. Jim was Professor of Hydrology in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide for 2.5 years (a joint position with SARDI) and Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Land and Water for 15 years managing research programs within the Water for Healthy Country Flagship.

Jim’s research interests span three key research areas related to hydrology: catchment water balances; soil physical and chemical properties that affect water and solute transport in catchments; and soil-water-drainage theory. He has an extensive publication list, currently supervises PhD students in hydrology and soil science and has been involved in water-related research projects throughout Australia and overseas including China and the Philippines.


 Professor Lin Crase, Dean of Programs (Accounting & Finance), UniSA

 Professor Lin Crase is Professor of Economics and Dean of Programs (Accounting & Finance) at UniSA. He joined UniSA in February 2016 as Head of School of Commerce. Prior to commencing at UniSA, Lin was Professor and Director of the Centre for Water Policy and Management at La Trobe University. 

Lin's research has focused on applied economics in the context of water. He has analysed water markets and the property rights that attend them, water pricing and numerous applications of water policy. Whilst his expertise includes the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia, he has also worked on projects in south Asia, Japan and Europe. Lin has published over 100 journal articles, numerous book chapters, four books and a range of other papers and opinion pieces.


Dr Tanya Doody, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Tanya Doody is a Principal Research Scientist working on high impact spatial eco-hydrological projects within CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit. Dr Doody leads the Managing Water Ecosystems Group, based in Adelaide, Albury and Canberra and has significant experience in quantifying the water requirements of vegetation and at times, their impact on water resources. This involves ecophysiological field-based research to underpin remote sensing tools to scale regionally to improve our understanding of the effect of flood regimes on the health of water-dependent ecosystems on the Murray-Darling Basin floodplains. Additional research includes investigating the ecological response of vegetation to water availability and environmental water to inform integrated basin water planning and management.


Jennie Fluin, Principal Advisor Research Partnerships, DEWNR

Jennie Fluin, Principal Advisor Research Partnerships, DEW

Jennie's role in the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) allows her to foster and strengthen opportunities for researchers to better connect with government to enable evidence-based decision making. Jennie has extensive experience working in both universities and government, allowing her to bridge the divide between the two sectors. She is focused on connecting natural resource researchers with natural resource decision makers, and facilitating fit for purpose partnerships.



Dr Paul Monis, Manager, Research Stakeholders and Planning, SA Water

Dr Paul Monis is a technical expert within SA Water’s Business Services group, which provides scientific expertise to support the delivery of water and wastewater services to SA Water’s customers. He has specialist expertise in the areas of biotechnology and microbiology, with almost 20 years’ experience applying DNA-based and other technologies to address water quality challenges posed by microorganisms, especially enteric pathogens. Dr Monis also holds title of Adjunct Associate Professor at Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and UniSA.



Andrew Solomon, Manager Environmental Science, EPA

Andrew Solomon has over 14 years of experience with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and currently leads the Environmental Science group. He has extensive experience in irrigation and agricultural project design, both within Australia and overseas, and has contributed to international, national and state water policy development. He’s served on the Executive Committee of Cooperative Research Centre and has managed science and engineering input into legislation, development assessment, industry regulation, research and science communication.



Dr Ilka Wallis, Senior Lecturer, Flinders University

Dr Ilka Wallis is a hydrogeologist with areas of expertise in quantitative hydrogeology and geochemistry. Ilka focuses on the development of reactive geochemical transport models which integrate fundamental processes that are normally studied in isolation (hydrogeological, mineralogical, geochemical and biochemical).

Ilka is also an Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada since 2017.



 Chris Wright, Manager Water Science, DEW

Chris Wright holds significant experience in public sector senior leadership, having led policy, scientific and operational business units over the last twelve years in both State and Commonwealth government agencies. Chris has excellent experiences in leading policy and strategy formulation. He is skilled in building and maintaining networks across the public and private sectors to facilitate business delivery; leading and negotiating with others to achieve outcomes; and in bridging the science-policy gap, drawing on earlier roles in geospatial information systems (GIS) consulting. Chris’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science, a Masters of Spatial Information Science and graduation from the AICD Company Directors course in 2019.