Dr Peter Wallbrink

Research Director


Dr Peter Wallbrink is the Research Director for Basin Management Outcomes. This program has an international outlook, and aims to deliver impact and value in the area of integrated water resource management. It has a focus on achieving triple bottom line outcomes at the basin scale and seeks to apply its knowledge, tools and processes to a range of large basins, both in Australia and overseas.

Peter has long experience in managing portfolios of major water resource projects in the water arena, having previously held leadership positions within the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Theme and Water Resource Management (WRM) Program.
He has demonstrated experience in developing tools and technologies to support basin scale planning, management and use of water, as well as in developing information platforms, standards and architectures to underpin planning and management processes.

Peter’s strong track record of managing projects and building relationships throughout Southern Asia, and has enabled the creation of substantial relationship networks throughout the region, including many levels of Indian, Nepal, and Pakistani federal and state government, donor agencies (World Bank, DFID, ADB) and Australian government (ACIAR, DoE, DFAT, DAWR).
His research is focussed on increasing equitable and sustainable access to water, and informing policies and strategies that support effective management of water resources.
During a 30 year career, Dr Wallbrink has published over 110 peer reviewed articles in a diverse range of discipline areas, such as soil erosion, sediment generation and redistribution dynamics, land use impacts on water quality, river hydrology, and best practice in applying water management modelling. His career citations are currently ISI 1650 citations, H-index 25; Google Scholar 3300 citations, H-Index 32.

Dr Wallbrink has represented Australia at international forums and given key note addresses at international symposiums. He was the Australian representative at the IAEA from 1996 to 2007 for the application of tracer methods to water management.

He has also served on several international committees and panels.
He sits on the International Advisory Board of the MARiUS initiative based at Oxford University.

Research topics of special interest have included:
• Managing large multidiscipline & multiagency teams to address national and international scale endeavours
• Leadership, capacity building and direction setting for hydrological and environmental research
• Soil erosion measurement and technique development
• Patterns of soil, sediment and nutrient redistribution following severe impacts such as bushfires
• Downstream rates and patterns of sediment accumulation and transport

Academic Qualifications

  • PhDAustralian National University1997
  • BSc (Hons (1)Australian National University1989

External Publications Lists

Google Scholar Peter Wallbrink
Researcher ID A-2794-2011

Contact information


  • +61 2 6246 5823
  • +61 427 465 823 (Mobile)
  • +61 2 6246 5917 (Alternative)
  • +61 2 6246 5800 (Fax)

Postal address:

GPO BOX 1700