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A/ Prof in Integrated Water Management | Education Director

Dr Brian S. McIntosh

Brian is an international, national and industry award winning water sector capacity developer, educator, researcher and boundary spanner. He has significant experience in the design and delivery of applied and inter-disciplinary programs to build capacity for innovation, change and adaptation in the water sector at individual, organisational and sectoral scales.

Brian has designed and delivered professionally targeted, problem and work based water management programs and courses to participants from 86 different countries, including having led the development and delivery of water management and engineering Masters in Australia and the UK responsible for educating around 600 graduates now working globally.

He is currently managing a Program of activities on behalf of the Queensland Government designed to build whole of sector capacity in the development and use of water models and modelling.

A/Prof. McIntosh has research interests in water sector innovation, sustainability and capacity building. His research work has involved collaboration with partners from 21 countries across Europe, Asia, North Africa and the US and Canada.

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Contact Phone: +61 (0)458 855 945


Current positions

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

  • Head of Discipline Environment and Marine Science, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University

  • Co-Director Education and Training, CRC Solving Plastic Waste

  • Director, IWC Alumni Network (IWCAN)

  • Program Manager, Queensland Water Modelling Network Capability, Collaboration and Capacity Building Program, Queensland Government

  • Member, Water Engagement Forum, Department of Regional Development Manufacturing and Water, Queensland Government

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (FCIWEM)

Research Areas of Interest

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.

Career Highlights

  • Winning a National Australian teaching award for the Urban Design Challenge 2024

  • Leading programs of engagement, capability, collaboration and capacity building since 2018 for the Queensland Water Modelling Network (

  • 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
  • Graduate of Water Leadership Program, IWC, 2011-2012


Brian has supervised 5 PhD students and 62 Masters thesis students.


Brian has published:

  • 30 peer reviewed journal papers
  • 3 peer reviewed book chapters
  • 41 peer reviewed conference papers
  • 1414 citations of published work (Scopus, 03/10/18)
  • H-index of 17 (Scopus, 03/10/18)