Dr Ana Manero

Environmental economist

Dr Ana Manero

I am an environmental economist working as a research fellow at the Australian National University. I have over 15 years of experience in environmental management, focused on water resources.

Over the years working in industry and academia, I have learnt to bring together sound analytical and research capabilities, with a strong passion for sustainability and preservation of natural resources. I am also an avid surfer.

With a unique combination of academic skills and an intimate understanding of surfing, I am now championing ‘surfing economics’ research in Australia.

I am also the president of the non-for-profit community organisation, Surfing Mums.


Manero, A., Adamowicz, W., Akter, S., Spencer-Cotton, A., Coombes, P. J., Wyrwoll, P., Horne, J., Lansbury, N., Creamer, S., Taylor, K. S., Fanaian, S., & Grafton, R. Q. (2024). Benefits, costs and enabling conditions to achieve ‘water for all’ in rural and remote Australia. Nature Water, 2(1), 31-40. https://doi.org/10.1038/s44221-023-00182-6 

Manero, A., Nikolakis, W., Woods, K., & Grafton, R. Q. (2024). Non-market valuation and Indigenous Peoples’ values: researcher constraints and policy impacts. Environmental Science & Policy, 153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2024.103679 

Manero A. & Mach, L. (2023) Valuing surfing ecosystems: an environmental economics and natural resources management perspective. Tourism Geographies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2023.2261909.

Manero A. (2023). A case for protecting the value of ‘surfing ecosystems’. npj Ocean Sustainability, 2(1), 6. https://doi.org/10.1038/s44183-023-00014-w 

Grafton, R. Q., Manero, A., Chu, L., & Wyrwoll, P. (2023). The price and value of water: An economic review. Cambridge Prisms: Water, 1, e3, Article e3. https://doi.org/10.1017/wat.2023.2 

Bates, W. B., Chu, L., Claire, H., Colloff, M. J., Cotton, R., Davies, R., Larsen, L., Loughrey, G., Manero, A., Marshall, V., Martin, S., Nguyen, N.-M., Nikolakis, W., Poelina, A., Schulz, D., Taylor, K. S., Williams, J., Wyrwoll, P., & Grafton, R. Q. (2023). A tale of two rivers – Baaka and Martuwarra, Australia: Shared voices and art towards water justice. The Anthropocene Review, 0(0), 20530196231186962. https://doi.org/10.1177/20530196231186962 

Wyrwoll, P., Manero, A., Taylor, K., Rose, E., Grafton, Q. (2022). Drinking water quality in regional and remote Australia: Measuring the gaps. npj Clean Water 5, 32. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41545-022-00174-1

Manero, A., Taylor, K., Nikolakis, W., Adamowicz, W., Marshall, V., Spencer-Cotton, A., Nguyen, M., & Grafton, R. Q. (2022). A systematic literature review of non-market valuation of Indigenous peoples’ values: Current knowledge, best-practice and framing questions for future research. Ecosystem Services, 54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2022.101417

Manero, A. (2021a). Identifying industry practice, barriers, and opportunities for mine rehabilitation completion criteria in western Australia. Journal of Environmental Management, 287, 112258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112258

Kragt, M., & Manero, A. (2021b). A survey dataset to identify industry practices and challenges for mine rehabilitation completion criteria in Western Australia. Data in Brief, 36. doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2021.106973

Manero, A., Standish, R., & Young, R. (2021). Mine completion criteria defined by best-practice: A global meta-analysis and Western Australian case studies. Journal of Environmental Management, 282, 111912. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111912

Manero, A., & Wheeler, S. A. (2021). Perceptions of Tanzanian smallholder irrigators on impact pathways between water equity and socioeconomic inequalities. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2020.1866506

Thompson, S. E., Shanafield, M., Manero, A., & Claydon, G. (2021a). When Urban Stormwater Meets High Groundwater. Managing the challenge by shifting to a minimal fill development – Part 1. Water e-Journal, 6(1). DOI 10.21139/wej.2021.006

Thompson, S. E., Shanafield, M., Manero, A., & Claydon, G. (2021b). When Urban Stormwater Meets High Groundwater. Managing the challenge by shifting to a minimal fill development – Part 2. Water e-Journal, 6(1). DOI 10.21139/wej.2021.007

Claydon, G., Thompson, S., Shanafield, M., & Manero, A. (2020). Guiding urban water management in areas that experience high seasonal groundwater: Expert Panel report. Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC). Melbourne, Victoria. https://watersensitivecities.org.au/content/guiding-urban-water-management-in-areas-that-experience-high-seasonal-groundwater-expert-panel-report/

Kragt, M., Manero, A., Hawkins, J., & Lison, C. (2020). A review of mine rehabilitation condition setting in Western Australia. The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute, Perth, Western Australia.   https://wabsi.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Review-of-Mine-Rehab-Condition-Setting-WA-Project-Report.pdf

Manero, A., Kragt, M., Standish, R., Miller, B., Jasper, D., Boggs, G., & Young, R. (2020). A framework for developing completion criteria for mine closure and rehabilitation. Journal of Environmental Management, 273, 111078. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111078

Manero, A., Bjornlund, H., Wheeler, S., Zuo, A., Mdemu, M., Van Rooyen, A., & Chilundo, M. (2020). Growth and inequality at the micro scale: an empirical analysis of farm incomes within smallholder irrigation systems in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 36(sup1), S224-S245. https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2020.1811959

Grafton, R. Q., Garrick, D., Manero, A., & Do, T. N. (2019). The Water Governance Reform Framework: Overview and Applications to Australia, Mexico, Tanzania, USA and Vietnam. Water, 11(1), 137. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11010137

Manero, A., Wheeler, S. A., Zuo, A., & Mdemu, M. (2019). Exploring the Head Versus Tail‐End Dichotomy on Yield and Farm Incomes in Smallholder Irrigation Schemes in Tanzania. Water Resources Research, 55(5), 4322-4342. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018WR023483

Young, R., Manero, A., Miller, B., Kragt, M., Standish, R. J., Jasper, D., & Boggs, G. (2019). A framework for developing mine-site completion criteria in Western Australia. Project Report. The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute. https://wabsi.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Completion-Criteria-Project-Report_updated-24.9.2019.pdf

Manero, A. (2018). Water distribution within smallholder irrigation schemes in Tanzania and its implications for economic inequality. Doctoral thesis. Australian National University. Canberra, Australia. https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/142347

Manero, A. (2017a). Income inequality within smallholder irrigation schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 33(5), 770-787. https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2016.1152461

Manero, A. (2017b). The limitations of negative incomes in the Gini coefficient decomposition by source. Applied Economics Letters, 24(14), 977-981. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2016.1245828

Manero, A. (2008). Comparative water management practices in California and Spain UPC-BarcelonaTech. Master’s thesis. Barcelona, Spain. Master’s thesis. https://upcommons.upc.edu/handle/2099.1/6053


PhD. in Agricultural and Development Economics, Australian National University2014 – 2018

M.Sc. Thesis. in water management. University of California, Berkeley2007

M.Sc. Civil and Environmental Engineering – water resources. École des Ponts (ENPC, Paris)2005 – 2008

B.Sc. Civil Engineering. Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Barcelona)2000 – 2004

Research positions

Australian National UniversityWater Justice Hub, Crawford School of Public PolicyJuly 2020 – present

University of Western Australia – School of Agriculture and EnvironmentDec 2017 – July 2020

Curtin University – Food Agility CRCJune 2019 – Feb 2020

University of South Australia – Business SchoolJan 2019 – Sept  2019

University of Adelaide – Centre for Global Food and ResourcesOct 2017 – July 2018

Industry experience

Water Corporation – public water utility of WA – Water Planning Engineer                          Perth. July 2012 – Feb 2014

Santos – oil and gas exploration and production – Water Planning Study Leader        Brisbane. Nov 2011 – June 2012

MWH – engineering consulting – Water Resources Engineer                                                 Sydney. Nov 2008 – Nov 2011

Seureca / Veolia – engineering consulting – Water Engineering Intern                      Latina, Italy. Sept 2005 – July 2006

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