Natalia Scurrah, Research Officer

photo of Natalia Scurrah

Natalia provides research and administrative support on two projects. The first is a three year collaborative research between AMRC at the School of Geosciences and the Law Faculty, examining Hard and Soft Law in Mekong River Governance. The research, funded by ARC, aims to improve understanding of how complex international, regional and national legal rules, institutions and arrangements govern the use and management of the Mekong River.

The second is a pilot study on dams, fisheries and livelihoods funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and undertaken in collaboration with the National University of Laos. The pilot study reviews existing work on fisheries trends, the place of fisheries within livelihood systems, adaptation and mitigation responses where hydrological changes have occurred, and how the costs of adaptation and mitigation have been distributed among various stakeholders.

Natalia has extensive experience in the Mekong Region, having spent four years in Thailand conducting research on water and rural development, river basin management and innovative participatory research methods, as well as working at a regional environmental nongovernmental organisation in Bangkok. She has an Honours degree in human geography and was a research fellow with the Mekong Program on Water Environment and Resilience (M-POWER) in 2006-2007.

Languages: Spanish, Thai (intermediate)

School of Geosciences
Madsen Building (F09), Rm 470
University of Sydney, NSW, 2006
Tel: (+612) 9351 7796
Fax: (+612) 9351 8627

Selected Publications

  • Lee, G. and Scurrah, N. 2009. Power and Responsibility: The Mekong River Commission and Lower Mekong mainstream dams. A joint report of the Australian Mekong Resource Centre, the University of Sydney, and Oxfam Australia, October 2009