Benjamin Fee

Benjamin Fee

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Centre for Global Food and Resources

Faculty of the Professions

Ben commenced his PhD candidature in August 2018 at the University of Adelaide, where he will be undertaking research into critical factors that lead to the success or failure of water management programs, drawing on experiences from across the Murray-Darling Basin and developing nations.

Since leaving the South Australian Government in December 2017, Ben has been Leader at FeeZable Solutions, finding feasible solutions for the food-water-energy nexus.

During a twelve-year career in the South Australian Government, most recently in the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), Ben managed the $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS), winner of the 2017 IPAA Prime Minister's Gold Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management. In 2015-17, Ben also led the development of new agribusiness initiatives in PIRSA.

Prior to working in PIRSA, Ben studied Science at the University of Adelaide, completing his Honours studies in 2005. He then moved into a graduate role in the Department for Environment and Heritage, and then worked as an aquatic ecologist on Mount Lofty Ranges water allocation plans in the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation for four years. Ben then moved on to be Adviser to the Chief Executive in the Department for Water, and then Senior Policy Adviser in the Premier’s Murray-Darling Basin Plan Taskforce before moving to PIRSA in 2013.

Evaluating the conversion of policies to desired program outcomes - lessons from water recovery programs in the Murray-Darling Basin - PhD research

Visiting Associate, University of Arizona & Sky Island Alliance (March-April 2019)

Guest lecturer, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center Masters Class (April 2019)

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