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Miss Catherine Richards


Catherine Richards

Research Student

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Sustainable Development


Research interests

Catherine's research seeks to reduce the ambiguity and abstractions surrounding sustainability by examining the relationship between resource degradation and societal collapse. Her work will utilise system dynamics techniques to reconcile the non-linear feedbacks between social, cultural, economic, geopolitical and environmental variables and produce a new lens to explore the most critical implications of decisions regarding natural resources.

Catherine completed her BEng(Civ) and BEng(Env/Chem) (UK/EU MEng equivalents), both awarded with First Class Honours and University Medals, in Australia and has nine years' international industry experience in the water and energy sectors. Catherine's research is funded by the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Origin Foundation and Cambridge Trust.


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