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Jessica Davison - Project Manager for the Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research (MDB EWKR) Project





Jessica Davison is the Project Manager for the Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research (MDB EWKR) Project, based at The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia.

Jessica’s main area of professional interest is in project managing collaborative policy and planning projects with a particular interest in water policy and land use planning, including:

  • Project management of large-scale collaborative cross-disciplinary projects
  • Establishing and managing governance arrangements and stakeholder relationships
  • Design and conduct of workshops to build capacity, consensus and strengthen alliances
  • Coordination and development of integrated regional strategic land use and infrastructure plans.


Prior to joining MDFRC, Jessica held the following positions:

  • Manager - Integrated Water Cycle Management Planning Program - Melbourne’s regional Integrated Water Cycle Management Plans, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Senior Regional Planner – Hume Regional Growth Plan for 12 councils in north east Victoria, Department of Planning and Community Development
  • Project Manager - Urban Growth Boundary Review and strategic plan for Melbourne’s south east growth corridor, Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment
  • Program Manager, Planning and Local Government – Victorian urban water quality policy and implementation program, EPA Victoria
  • Senior Project Coordinator - Integrated Natural Resource Management, integrated governance and delivery framework for the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Senior Program Manager, Greenspace Planner for Brisbane’s major urban parks and greenspaces, Brisbane City Council.

Jessica joined The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in April 2016.

Academic qualifications

  • B.A. Geography and Landscape Design, The University of Adelaide, 1986
  • Grad Dip, Urban and Regional Planning, RMIT, 1996

Professional activities, working groups and committee memberships

Fairley Leadership Program