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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. His research is on alternative water supplies and investigating a triple bottom line analysis of alternative methods for using stormwater to supplement a city's water supply. He has completed a Chemical Engineering honours degree and a Master of Business Administration. David works as a Researcher at CeRDI and a Lecturer at Federation University Australia in water drainage infrastructure and wastewater treatment.

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

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

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Chris Bahlo

Chris Bahlo

Chris commenced her PhD with CeRDI in 2016 as part of the Regional Universities Network Precision Agriculture Flagship. Her research is on data interoperability in precision agriculture. She has an honours degree in Information Technology, a Business degree and a diploma in Agricultural Science. Chris works as a Researcher at CeRDI and has previously worked in information technology, agriculture and business roles.

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Developing and implementing interoperative agricultural data exchange standards
Developing and implementing interoperable 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 with Data61 as the industry partner. His research brings 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 as a result of rapidly advancing technologies. Involuntary data generated by citizens holds great potential in enriching information from authoritative data sources.

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Alison Ollerenshaw

Alison Ollerenshaw

Alison commenced her PhD with CeRDI in 2016 with Melton City Council and Western BACE as industry partners. Her research is examining whether a relationship exists between the characteristic services offered by business incubators and their tenants' psychological capital. She has completed a Masters of Applied Science and a diploma in Project Management. Alison works as a Research Fellow at CeRDI and uses her experience in project management and coordination across a range of research projects and activities.

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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 and 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 as part of the Regional University Networks Water Futures Fund. His research is examining citizen science and public policy and involves working closely with the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to measure and explore the issues and opportunities of the Waterwatch Victoria and EstuaryWatch Victoria programs. Patrick works as a Researcher at CeRDI and liaises with volunteers, environmental groups and government and non-government agencies involved with Citizen Science and Natural Resource Management.

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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 completed a PhD at Federation University Australia in 2018. His research explores the application of spatial methods in sports injury epidemiological studies. Himalaya received the Best Rapid Oral (Student) award at the 13th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference.

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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 completed a PhD at Federation University Australia in 2016. His research assessed productive soil - landscapes in Victoria using digital soil mapping. Nathan received the prestigious 2017 CG Stephens award from Soil Science Australia, granted to the best PhD for soil science across Australia.

Thesis: Assessing productive soil - landscapes in Victoria using digital soil mapping

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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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