Higher Degree by Research Students
CeRDI's higher degree by research (HDR) students are part of a multidisciplinary research centre with a strong research culture and established industry connections. Many of CeRDI's HDR students have received industry scholarships that enable deeper research collaboration and facilitate research outputs with national and international relevance.
David commenced his PhD with CeRDI in 2015 after more than 25 years working predominantly in the manufacturing sector. A Chemical Engineering degree and MBA equipped him well for engineering and factory management, specialising in productivity improvements. His research is now on alternative water supplies, and investigating a triple bottom line analysis of alternative methods for using stormwater to supplement a city's water supply. David also lectures at Federation University Australia in water drainage infrastructure and wastewater treatment.
Chris commenced her PhD with CeRDI in 2016 as part of the RUN Precision Agriculture Flagship, researching data interoperability in Precision Agriculture. She works part-time at CeRDI and as a sessional at Federation University Australia. In 2013 she graduated with a Degree in Information Technology from the University of Ballarat, being awarded the Ballarat University Medal. This was followed by a research Honours year. In 1995, she completed a Business Degree at Charles Sturt University and prior to that, an Agricultural Science Diploma. Chris has worked in information technology and agriculture roles, and also has business experience.
Precision Agriculture has the potential to improve Australian agriculture by making it more resilient, productive and profitable while reducing environmental impact and increasing social value.
Shirish commenced his PhD with CeRDI in 2016. His research attempts to bring together geospatial data from involuntary sources such as social networks into web-based geoportals. The supervisory team for Shirish's PhD is Assoc Prof Peter Dahlhaus, Dr Angela Murphy and Dr Iman Avazpour.
Research in data integration is gaining momentum recently as a result of rapidly advancing technology which offers an increasing availability of data.
Alison commenced her PhD with CeRDI in 2016. She joined the CeRDI team in 2013 to provide research support across a range of CeRDI projects and activities, including a focus on promoting the unique research and activities of CeRDI. Over the last 10 years, Alison has worked as a Project Officer across Federation University Australia. Alison has experience in project management and coordination, having collaborated on many local and regional projects. Alison completed a Masters by Research at the University of Ballarat, and a Diploma in Project Management in 2007.
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Patrick commenced his PhD with CeRDI in 2016 and is also employed part-time at the Centre. He is undertaking research examining citizen science and public policy. Both his studies and his part-time employment involve working with volunteers, environmental groups and government and non-government agencies involved with Citizen Science and Natural Resource Management. For his PhD, Patrick is working closely with the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to measure and explore the issues and opportunities of the Waterwatch Victoria and EstuaryWatch Victoria programs.
The potential for citizen science to foster community and government connections has been paralleled by a policy agenda to proactively draw on this resource to inform waterway planning and policy development.
Dr Himalaya Singh
Himalaya Singh PhD (2018). Spatial Epidemiological Investigation of Sport and Leisure Injuries in Victoria, Australia. Federation University Australia.
Sport and leisure injuries are recognised as a public health issue in Australia. To keep Australia active, there is a critical need to prevent injury occurrence.
Dr Nathan Robinson
Nathan Robinson PhD (2016). Assessing productive soil - landscapes in Victoria using digital soil mapping. Federation University Australia.