Postgraduate Profiles

    • Name: Belinda Liebelt Email: belinda.liebelt@monash.edu Location: Adelaide, South Australia Research Title: Boundaries and Connections: Indigenous Visibility on South Australian Rural Landscapes Supervisors: Prof Ian McNiven (Monash University); A/Prof Jane Lydon (University of Western Australia); Dr Amy Roberts (Flinders University); Dr Denis Byrne (Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW) Research Description: Belinda’s PhD research explores the ... Read more
    • Name: Jan Janosch Főrster Email: jfor18@student@monash.edu  / J_foerster@gmx.de Phone: +27 11 9504195  /  +27604175488 Research Title:  Integrated Policy – Disintegrated Practice: Livelihoods-Policy-Interplay Analysis (LPIA) of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) implementation in South Africa. Supervisors: Dr. Bruce Missingham and Dr. Bimo Nkhata (Water Research Node, Monash South Africa). Research Description:  Janosch holds a B (Hons) in Political Sciences from the ... Read more
    • Name: Bayes Ahmed Email: bayes.ahmed@monash.edu Phone: +61 405 776 810 Location: Building 11, Room S506, Monash University, Clayton Campus Education: Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Master of Science (Erasmus Mundus) in Geospatial Technologies from UJI (Spain), WWU (Germany) & UNL (Portugal). Supervisors: Dr. Xuan Zhu & Dr. Stephen Legg Research Description: ... Read more
    • Name:  Lara Werbeloff Email lara.werbeloff@monash.edu Location: Building 11, Room S503, Monash University, Clayton Campus Research Title:  Adaptive Institutional Capacity: the dynamics of institutional change to support sustainable urban water transitions Supervisors:  Prof. Rebekah Brown (Monash University); A/Prof Derk Loorbach (Erasmus University); Prof Chris Cocklin (James Cook University) Research Description: Lara’s PhD seeks to understand how institutional change can be harnessed to help in the mainstreaming ... Read more
    • Name: Shirin Malekpour Email: shirin.malekpour@monash.edu Phone: +61-3 99052043 Location: Building 11, Room S503 Research Title: Strategic planning in urban water sector to enable transformative change using exploratory scenario modelling tools Supervisors: Prof. Rebekah Brown and Dr Fjalar de Haan Research Description: Shirin graduated as a civil engineer, specialized in water management, from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her PhD at Monash revolves around strategic planning ... Read more
    • Name: Christoph Brodnik Email: christoph.brodnik@monash.edu Phone: +61 403 796 986 Location: Clayton Campus Research Title: The role of actor strategies and agency as processes of systemic change in a transition to sustainable urban water management Supervisors: Prof.  Rebekah Brown Christoph has a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Auckland (New Zealand). He started his PhD in the beginning ... Read more
    • Name: Reza Amiri email: reza.amiri@monash.edu Phone: 9905 4457 Location: Building 28, Room 230 Research Title: Analysis of field-based, airborne and spaceborne LIDAR and hyperspectral sensor data for the quantification of the vegetation parameters in the savannas of northern Australia. Supervisors: Prof. Jason Beringer and Dr. Peter Isaac Research Description:    Read More... Read more
    • Name: Clifford Amoako email: clifford.amoako@monash.edu Phone: 0414146661 Location: Room S202, Building 11 Research Title: Urban Flood Risk Management in Accra, Ghana Supervisors: Prof. Nigel Tapper and  A/Prof. David Dunkerley Research Description: My study explores the emerging issues associated urban flooding in African cities in the face of rapid urbanization and climate change and/or variability. It will also assess the institutional and structural readiness of Accra (Ghana) ... Read more
    • Name: Yvette Bettini (HDR Representative) email: yvette.bettini@monash.edu Phone: 9905 2043 Location: Building 11,Room S503 Research Title: Processes and pathways to water sensitive cities Supervisors: Prof. Rebekah Brown and Dr. Megan Farrelly Research Description: Yvette is examining how Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane have responded to the recent drought, by exploring the institutions which shape the way the urban water sector operates, and how people change these ‘rules’ over time. ... Read more
    • Name: Ashley Broadbent email: ashley.broadbent@monash.edu Phone: 9905 4458 Location: Building 28,Room 225 Research Title: Mitigating urban extreme heat in Adelaide and Melbourne through irrigation and stormwater reintegration Supervisors: Prof. Nigel Tapper, Prof. Jason Beringer, Dr. Andrew Coutts, Dr. Matthias Demuzere Research Description: Ashley’s PhD will focus on modeling extreme heat events in Adelaide and Melbourne to investigate the effect of irrigation and stormwater reintegration on local ... Read more
    • Name: Peter Kojo Boateng Contact: Building 11, Room S202 Research Title:  From Arable Savannah Land to Barren Deserts? A Critical Perspective on Socio-Ecological Interactions Associated with Land Cover Changes in the Semi-Arid Savannah Region of Northeast Ghana Supervisors: A/Prof. Haripriya Rangan (Monash University, principal supervisor),  A/Prof. Simon P.J. Butterbury (University of Melbourne), Dr. Xuan Zhu (Monash University) and A/Prof. Christian Webersik (University of Agder, ... Read more
    • Name:  Erin (Kuo) Castellas email erin.castellas@monash.edu Phone: 0488 951 234 Location: Building 11, Room S503 Research Title:  Pathways to sustainable enterprise:  case studies and the emergence of social business models Supervisors:  Dr. Wendy Stubbs and Prof. Rebekah Brown Research Description: Driven by societal changes, technological advances, and increasing sustainable development challenges, organizations are evolving new strategies that integrate principles of sustainability and ... Read more
    • Name: Steven Crimp email: steven.crimp@csiro.au Phone: (02) 6246 4095 Location: CSIRO, Black Mountain Research Title: Understanding frost risk in a variable and changing climate – “the southern frost paradox” Supervisors: Prof. Neville Nicholls Research Description: Frost damage remains a major problem for viticulture, horticulture and other agricultural industries in Australia.  Annual losses in cereal production are estimated at around A$95.8m (Wheat) and A$33.6m (Barley) respectively (ABARE 2008).  ... Read more
    • Name: Michelle D’Amico email: michelle.d’amico@monash.edu phone: 9905 4475 Location: Room 216, Building 28 Research title: “A Climatological study of Mesoscale Cyclones over Antarctica and the Southern Ocean” Supervisors: A/Prof. David Dunkerley and Prof. Nigel Tapper Research description: A climatological study of Mesoscale Cyclones of radius up to 2000km in diameter over Antarctica and the Southern Ocean everywhere south of 30 degrees south. ... Read more
    • Name: Nadine D’Argent email: nadine.dargent@monash.edu Phone: 9905 4457 Location: Room 230, Building 28 Research Title: Climatic and Bioclimatic Assessment of the Compact City Urban Morphology – A Case Study of Melbourne 2030 Supervisors: Prof. Jason Beringer, Prof. Nigel Tapper and Dr. Andrew Coutts Research Description: This PhD aims to identify the implications of the proposed increase in residential densities as outlined in theMelbourne 2030 strategic plan on ... Read more
    • Name: Sindhu Prasad Dhungana email:  sindhu.dhungana@monash.edu Phone: 0433318903 (Cell phone), 9905 2919 (Office) Location: Building 11, Room: S506 Research Title: Political Ecology of Valuing Forest Ecosystem Services: A comparative study of community actions in the Tinau watershed, Western Nepal and Wombat Forest Catchment, Victoria, Australia Supervisors: A/Prof Haripriya Rangan (main), A/Prof Christian Kull (associate), Dr Wendy Stubbs (associate) Research Description: My research project attempts to address ... Read more
    • Name: Daniel James email: daniel.james@monash.edu Phone: 0413 243 603 Location: Room S202a, Building 11 Research Title: Echoes of the past: the rock-art of the Little Barra rockshelter, Jawoyn country, Arnhem Land Supervisors: Dr. Bruno David and Prof. Ian McNiven Research Description: Daniel’s research is a focused study of the rock-art of a single site in Arnhem Land: the Little Barra rockshelter in Jawoyn country. This will ... Read more
    • Name: Darwin Manubag email: darwin.manubag@monash.edu Phone: 0432337681 (mob)  9905 2919 (office phone) Location: Building 11, Room S 506 Research Title:  Civil Society and Risk Governance in the Aftermath of Disasters in Southern Philippines Supervisors: Dr Bruce Missingham and Prof. Greg Barton Research Description: His research is to look at the extent of participation of civil society organizations in the aftermath of two major disasters; Typhoon Sendong (natural disaster) and the Armed Conflict ... Read more
    • Name: Caitlin Moore email: caitlin.moore@monash.edu Phone: 9905 4458 Location: Building 28, Room 225 Research title:The interaction of trees and grass within the savanna earth system in the Northern Territory, Australia Supervisors: Prof. Jason Beringer and Prof. Nigel Tapper Research Description: This research will look at understanding the relative contributions of trees and grass to GPP at a savanna woodland site in the Northern Territory, Australia. ... Read more
    • Name: Gregory Morrissey email: gregory.morrissey@monash.edu Phone 0431370624 Location: Room S202a, Building 11 Research Title: PhD candidate- Archaeology Supervisors: Dr. Ian McNiven and Dr. Bruno David Research Description: I am using pXRF (portable X-ray florescence) to get chemical fingerprints from a large collection of archaeological stone tools collected in the Caution Bay area of Papua New Guinea.  I plan to then use this data to examine the choices of ... Read more
    • Name: Kerry Nice email: kerry.nice@monash.edu Phone:  Location: Building 28, Room 232 Research Title: Urban micro climate modelling; the effects of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) on urban climates. Supervisors: Prof. Nigel Tapper and Prof. Jason Beringer Research Description:  Read More... Read more
    • Name: Tho Nguyen email: tho.nguyen@monash.edu Phone: 0412-495-140 Location: Building 11, Room 506 Research Title: How corporate sustainability agenda can be implemented in small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam? Supervisors: Dr. Wendy Stubbs (Primary) and Dr. Quamrul Alam (Associate) Research Description: Tho is currently pursuing a PhD on corporate sustainability. He has many interests in the field, particularly for small & medium-sized enterprises. While the main literature ... Read more
    • Name: Sylvia Nissen (HDR representative) email: sylvia.nissen@monash.edu Phone: 9905 8104 Research Title: Representation in environmental governance: A case study of freshwater governance in the Canterbury region, New Zealand. Supervisors: De. Ruth Lane and Dr. Megan Farrelly Research Description: Sylvia is currently studying towards a Master of Environmental Science (Research and Coursework). Her main research interests are in environmental governance and citizenship. Her current research ... Read more
    • Name: Sultana Nury email: sultana.nury@monash.edu Phone: 9905 4458 Location: Room 230, Building 28 Research Title: Estimation of actual evapotranspiration using remote sensing data to assess the role of vegetation and water on urban climate: A study of Melbourne city Supervisors: Prof. Jason Beringer, Prof. Nigel Tapper and Dr. Andrew Coutts Research Description: Nury’s study aims to assess the role of vegetation and water on urban ... Read more
    • Name: Darien Pardinas-Diaz email: darien.pardinas-diaz@monash.edu Phone: 9905 4457 Location: Building 28, Room 230 Research Title: Evaluating the effectiveness of the urban forestry as an UHI mitigation strategy at city scale Supervisors: Prof. Jason Beringer, Prof. Nigel Tapper, Dr. Andrew Coutts, Dr. Matthias Demuzere Research Description: The increment of temperatures in the urban ecosystems due to the urban heat island phenomenon brings about important environmental, social and economic ... Read more
    • Name: Carlyne Yu email: carlyne.yu@monash.edu Phone: 9905 2043 Location: Building 11, Room S503 Research Title: Enabling the Adoption and Scaling-up of Decentralised Water Systems Supervisors: Prof. Rebekah Brown and Dr. Megan Farrelly Research Description: Carlyne’s PhD research aims to assess how decentralized water supply and treatment systems are performing, and identify the success factors in their governance arrangements that underlie this good performance. Her ... Read more