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Dr Neil Lazarow

Senior Research Consultant


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Neil Lazarow (PhD, MA(Hons), PgDip(PolSci), BA) leads the Integrated Regional Water practice area for CSIRO.

Neil’s work and interests focus on how society makes complex trade-offs in resource constrained environments drawing on his socioeconomic and natural science skills. His works spans social and environmental justice and poverty alleviation, marine and coastal resources management, drought and water security. Neil is passionate about the use of systems approaches and citizen science. Neil has worked extensively in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Neil is an active contributor to CSIRO’s domestic and global activities, and has a leading role in strategy, business development and relationship management for water, climate risk and integrated assessments.

Neil is a talented and experienced project and program manager. He continues to successfully deliver large multi-disciplinary projects for key clients such as Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Autoridad Nacional del Agua (Peru), Southern Peru Copper Company and Gold Coast City Council. Neil has previously led CSIRO’s Water Program and International Water Practice, responsible for managing over 100 personnel and $50M in programs.

Neil’s pioneering work in non-market valuation continues to inform beach management and tourism investments. Neil's design and delivery of the Australian Government's Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Grant program sets the benchmark for management and adaptation to climate risk in the coastal zone. In 2016, Neil led a team to deliver a multi-method impact evaluation framework that offers improved approaches to measure diffusion and impact to support Australia's international aid program. In 2019, he led a team to deliver Peru’s first ever drought management plan, which has rapidly emerged as industry standard for the region.

Neil joined CSIRO as a Science-Policy Specialist in 2012 from the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Prior to his appointments with the Commonwealth Government and CSIRO, Neil held a number of roles at Griffith University from 2002 – 2010. In addition to his academic, science and government appointments, he has worked in the consultancy and NGO sectors.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    PhD (Environmental Science & Natural Resource Management)

  • 2002

    MA(Hons) (Coastal Management)

  • 1996

    PG Diploma (Political Science)

  • 1993

    BA (Politics & Philosophy)