Brisbane, Australia

Dr Brian S. McIntosh

A/ Prof in Integrated Water Management | Education Director


Brian is an experienced integrated water management educator, educational leader and researcher. He has 19 years of experience working in research institutes, academia and the private sector in Australia, England, Scotland and Sweden, and in projects involving collaborators from 21 different countries.

As an educator, he has led the development and delivery of water management and engineering Masters-level programs in the UK and Australia, responsible for educating over 550 graduates from 86 different countries. He has also delivered training courses to a diverse range of donor bank, government and private sector clients, including the Abu-Dhabi Water and Electricity Company, Alluvium Consulting, the Asian Development Bank, the Fijian Government, the Indonesian Government, the Pearl River Conservancy Commission, the Indonesian Water Utility Association, the Yellow River Conservancy Commission, the Yellow River Engineering Company, the Sri Lankan Government and the Thailand Government.

A recipient of international and national research awards, Brian’s research work has involved extensive academic, government and industrial collaboration, both nationally in Australia and internationally across America, Europe, North Africa and Asia. He has received research funding from a mix of government, industrial and European Commission sources.

Current positions

In addition to his role at IWC, Brian is also:

  • Board Member of the IWC Alumni Network (IWCAN)
  • Senior Advisor to the Centre for Sustainable Water in Cambodia
  • Adjunct Industry Fellow at Griffith University, Australia
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Brian’s research areas of interest include:

  • the management of water sector innovation, particularly in relation to water utility strategy and planning, and response to legislative and regulatory drivers
  • collaborative, user centered design of environmental decision and information support tools
  • the relationships between organisational form, function and change and the adoption and use of environmental decision and information support tools
  • the use of report card processes and products for managing, mitigating and preventing environmental conflict.
  • Winning the Early Career Research Excellence Award from the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs)
  • Appointment to the Board of iEMSs and to the Editorial Board of their journal, Environmental Modelling and Software
  • Becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Being able to say that I have played a role along with the teams that I am privileged to work with in the education and development of over 550 water professionals working globally, and being able to stay in touch with many of them
  • Being asked annually, since 2013, to provide mentoring support in different forms to the Australian Water Association Young Water Professionals (YWPs)  in NSW and QLD
  • Leading the MIWM, when one of its courses won an Industry Award for Excellence
  • Leading the IWC Education Program as one of its elements, the Water Leadership Program won an Industry Award for Excellence
  • PhD Ecological Modelling, University of Edinburgh
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours 1st Class), University of Stirling
  • FCIWEM, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Brian has supervised 5 PhD students and 55 Masters thesis students.

Brian has published:

  • 30 peer reviewed journal papers
  • 3 peer reviewed book chapters
  • 41 peer reviewed conference papers
  • 922 citations of published work (Scopus, 03/10/18)
  • H-index of 13 (Scopus, 03/10/18)

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