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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.

CURRENT STUDENTS

David Ebbs

David Ebbs

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.

PhD Candidate profile


Impact of using stormwater to supply a city
Impact of using stormwater to supply a city

As population increases, communities become more urbanised and water use increases, it becomes more difficult for traditional water supplies to meet demand. Urbanisation also has environmental impacts on the downstream waterways.

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Chris Bahlo

Chris Bahlo

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.

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Developing and implementing interoperative agricultural data exchange standards
Developing and implementing interoperative agricultural data exchange standards

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.

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Shirish Sharma

Shirish Sharma

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.

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Interoperable framework to integrate involuntary geospatial data in web based geoportals
Interoperable framework to integrate involuntary geospatial data in web-based geoportals

Research in data integration is gaining momentum recently as a result of rapidly advancing technology which offers an increasing availability of data.

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Alison Ollerenshaw

Alison Ollerenshaw

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.

PhD Candidate profile


The relationship between business incubator services and the psychological capital of tenants
The relationship between business incubator services and the psychological capital of tenants

Business incubators offer nascent businesses a protective, nurturing environment, supporting tenants to grow their businesses and be sustainable in the long-term.

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Patrick Bonney

Patrick Bonney

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.

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Citizens as monitors - Crowdsourcing for water policy development
Linking community and waterway management through citizen science

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.

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ALUMNI

Himalaya Singh

Dr Himalaya Singh

Himalaya Singh PhD (2018). Spatial Epidemiological Investigation of Sport and Leisure Injuries in Victoria, Australia. Federation University Australia.

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A geospatial analysis of sport/leisure injuries of Victoria, Australia
Spatial Epidemiological Investigation of Sport and Leisure Injuries in Victoria, 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.

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Nathan Robinson

Dr Nathan Robinson

Nathan Robinson PhD (2016). Assessing productive soil - landscapes in Victoria using digital soil mapping. Federation University Australia.

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Digital Soil Mapping in Australia
Digital Soil Mapping in Australia

Digital Soil Mapping in Australia is a collaborative workspace for researchers working on digital soil mapping in Australia. This workspace has been developed in collaboration with the Australian Advisory Group on Digital Soil Assessment.

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