Higher Degree by Research
CeRDI has a growing cohort of higher degree by research (HDR) students with diverse discipline backgrounds. CeRDI HDR students are conducting research that is closely aligned with CeRDI's core research themes including Natural Environment, Agriculture, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage and Culture, and Regional Development.
CeRDI HDR students have the benefit of being part of a multidisciplinary centre with a strong research culture and well established industry connections. Many of CeRDI's HDR students have received industry scholarships enabling deeper research collaborations which facilitate research outputs that are relevant, both nationally and internationally.
Himalaya joined CeRDI in 2015 as a GIS Analyst after working as a Research Assistant at the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP). He has completed a Masters in Information Technology from University of Southern Queensland and a Masters in Geographic Information Technology from The University of Melbourne. Himalaya is currently undertaking a PhD at Federation University Australia that is focused on the application of spatial methods in sports injury epidemiological studies. He has specialist skills in spatial analysis and spatial data management.
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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 at Federation University Australia in early 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.
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Shirish commenced his PhD at 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.
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Alison 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 at CeRDI in 2016 and is also employed part-time in the Centre. Patrick 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.
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