Professor Barry Hart is Director of the environmental consulting company, Water Science Pty Ltd, established after he retired from Monash University where he was Director of the Water Studies Centre and Deputy Director Research of the CRC for Freshwater Ecology.
Currently, he is non-executive Director of Alluvium Consulting Australia Pty Ltd and Chair of the Goyder Institute for Water Research.
Previously he was a Board Member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority; Chair, Greening Australia (Victoria); Board Member Victorian Environmental Protection Authority; Member, Victorian Environment Assessment Council (VEAC); Member, Victorian Catchment Management Council (VCMC)
Prof. Hart has received numerous awards including the Limnology Medal (1982) from the Australian Society for Limnology, the Environmental Chemistry Medal (1996) and Applied Chemistry Medal (1998) from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and in 2003 a Centenary Medal for services to water quality management and environmental protection.
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2012 Queens Birthday awards.
He is well known for his sustained efforts in developing knowledge-based decision making processes in natural resource management in Australia and south-east Asia (particularly with the Mekong River Commission).
Prof Hart has established an international reputation in the fields of natural resources decision-making (water quality and catchment management, environmental flows, water policy), ecological risk assessment and environmental chemistry. He has worked in all Australian states and overseas, particularly in south-east Asia (PNG, Indonesia, Mekong).
He has published over 200 refereed papers and 13 books, and is on the editorial board of 5 international journals. His most recent books are:
Hart, B.T. & Doolan, J. (eds). (2017). Decision Making in Water Resources Policy and Management: The Australian Experience, Elsevier, Oxford, UK
Hart, B.T., Bond, N.R., Byron, N., Pollino, C.A. and Stewardson, M.J. (eds.). (2020). The Murray-Darling Basin, Australia: Its Future Management, Elsevier, Oxford, UK.
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River Murray near Echuca