Water rights for First Nations

Exploring cultural economic futures through agent based modelling

This project, co-designed by University of Melbourne and First Nations researchers, seeks to model Tati Tati water-related cultural economic futures using agent-based modelling.

Tati Tati Traditional Owners' Country is on Millu (Murray River) near Robinvale, Victoria. This project will quantify the intergenerational opportunities and benefits that come from the return of water and control of resources to Traditional Owners.

Researchers will critically reflect on the interactions between modelling science when operating with traditional knowledge, and the ethics, fairness, and cultural appropriateness of these interactions.

The findings will inform decision-making in resource management, water entitlements, sovereignty and self-determination, and social services.

This project is supported by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute's 2022 Seed Funding Round.

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University-based researchers

Dr Sangeetha Chandrashekeran,  Indigenous Knowledge Institute

Dr Rajith Vidanaarachchi,  Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Associate Professor Jason Thompson,  Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Professor Saman Halgamuge, Department of Mechanical Engineering

External collaborators

Brendan Kennedy, Tati Tati Kaeijin

Melissa Kennedy, Tati Tati Kaeijin

For information about this project, please contact:

Dr Sangeetha Chandra-Shekeran
Indigenous Knowledge Institute
Email: sangeetha.chandra@unimelb.edu.au