Post Graduate Student Research

Priority Research Themes | Current PhD students | Current Masters Students | Postgraduate Conference

The Research Strategic Vision of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management (WCFM) is to “integrate disciplinary water research to provide interdisciplinary solutions to freshwater management problems”. Water Resource Management PhD and Masters students conducting research relevant to the WCFM are supervised by WCFM members, and are included in the Waterways Centre's activities during their time at university. If you are a student interested in conducting post graduate research in water management issues, visit here, or email us for more information.

A list of completed Water Resource Management PhD and Masters theses submitted at the University of Canterbury can be found here. A list of PhD and Masters theses submitted at Lincoln University can be found here.

WRM students conduct research on water management issues on a global and local basis. The map below illustrates the geographical reach of our past and present scholars. Click on a dot to find out more about each student or alumni, their research topic and a link to the thesis if it has been completed.

The Waterways Centre Postgraduate Conference is our flagship annual event, usually held in November. Masters and PhD students from a wide range of disciplines from both Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury present snap shots of their research-in-progress, either as a short talk or as a poster.

Please note: locations on this map are indicative only and do not identify individual landowners. Large dots represent multiple theses conducted roughly in the same location (e.g. laboratory-based research at the University of Canterbury). Scroll in for more information about individual theses.


Water Resource Management PhD Students

Julie Clarke

Julie ClarkJulie is a mature student whose academic background is human geography and education. She is interested in the social aspects of environmental sustainability and is pursuing a PhD in Water Resource Management. Julie's PhD investigates the ways we use water in our homes through our everyday habits and routines. Using Social Practice Theory, she is looking at the technologies, infrastructure, skills, knowledge, social norms and meanings bound up in our everyday water-use habits, to find the opportunities for policy change.



Katie Coluccio

Katie CollucioKatie has recently completed a Masters of Water Resource Management at the Waterways Centre and began her PhD at Waterways in April 2018. She originally hails from the US where she completed a BSc in Environmental Science at Northeastern University. Having first arrived in Christchurch in 2009, she now calls New Zealand home. In addition to her work at Waterways, she wears a few hats as a yoga instructor, proofreader and organiser for TEDxChristchurch. When not working or studying, you can find Katie in the hills on her mountain bike or getting her hands dirty in the garden. 

Katie's PhD research is focused on Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury, a place where many social, cultural, economic and ecological aspects of freshwater management intersect. She is investigating groundwater seepage into the lake, which has potential impacts on water quality and quantity outcomes for the lake. She is excited to be working with Dr Leanne Morgan of the Waterways Centre as her primary supervisor on this project and intends to submit in mid-2021.

Email Katie Coluccio

Irene Setiawan

Irene is a graduate of Lincoln University with a Bachelors in Agricultural Science and first class honours in Environmental Science. She is currently working towards a PhD in Water Resource Management. Irene has experience in assisting research projects and tutoring in Soil Science and Water Resource Management disciplines. Her research interests include sustainable groundwater management and building resilience to climate change. Her hobbies include cooking, tramping, and spending time with friends and family. Irene’s PhD is entitled “Riparian saltwater intrusion under sea level rise”. Her research draws on Christchurch as a case study and aims to address saltwater intrusion from tidal rivers into the adjacent shallow aquifers under sea level rise using field and groundwater modelling investigations. Her supervisory team includes Dr Leanne Morgan and Dr Crile Doscher.


Rachel Teen

Rachel Teen is a recent graduate of Lincoln University with a Masters in Water Resource Management. She has returned to University of Canterbury (where she studied Education and English as an undergraduate) to work toward a PhD in Water Resource Management. Rachel is investigating the concept of water sensitive cities and what the optimal factors and contexts are for urban decision-makers to make the transition away from unsustainable and technocratic hydro-social arrangements. Interested in human/water interactions, she is carrying out an Australasian cross-case comparison between Townsville, Greater Melbourne and Christchurch. This will involve contextual archival research, conducting a series of interviews with past and present water management strategists, examining policy and regulation frameworks, and applying a Strategy as Process and Practice lens to the data. Rachel has held board positions in the tourism and health sectors, and now assists the core group at the New Zealand Association of Impact Assessment; and intermittently continues her project management work toward biodiversity restoration around Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. Rachel's supervisors are Dr Ed Challies and Dr. Lin Roberts.

Email Rachel Teen

Water Resource Management Masters Students

Students currently undertaking their second year of a Water Resource Management Masters are:

  Thesis topic Supervisor(s)
Daniel Clark

Representing the surface water and groundwater interactions of a hill-fed braided river within a numeric groundwater model in the Waikirikiri/ Selwyn River and surrounding shallow groundwater systems.

Email: Daniel Clark

Dr. Leanne Morgan, Dr. Tim Davie and Julian Weir
A Thi Ko (MFAT Scholar) Changes of land uses/cover and riparian plantings, and their relationship to water quality change. Dr. Crile Doscher, Dr. Niklas Lehto
Derrick Mangoro Strategies for sustainable development by focusing on the water-food-energy security nexus for the Rangitata river. Dr Markus Pahlow (UC), Dr. Nazmun Ratna (LU), Dr Shailesh Singh (NIWA)
Lughano Mwenibabu (MFAT Scholar) Sediment trace metals as indicators of rural land use change in lake cores. Adjuct Prof. Jenny Webster-Brown, Dr. Crile Doscher
Mohamad Odeh (MFAT Scholar)

Integrated rainwater harvesting technology to improve the performance of stormwater network and the associated quality of urban waterways in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Dr. Crile Doscher, Assoc. Prof. Tom Cochrane, Adjunct Prof. Jenny Webster-Brown
Linda Robb Groundwater - surface water exchange in the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River Dr. Leanne Morgan
Tomson Tomoiye (MFAT Scholar) Accumulation of heavy metal contaminants in river sediments and effects on nitrogen cycling Dr. Nik Lehto & Assoc. Prof. Peter Almond
Rachel Skews

Investigating the mechanisms of heavy metal binding to mussel shells via geochemical modelling, to enhance the applicability of treatment systems for metal contaminated stormwater.

Email Rachel Skews

Adjunct. Prof. Jenny Webster-Brown, Dr. Frances Charters, Prof. Tom Cochrane, Dr. Aisling O’Sullivan
Yeni Yeni (MFAT Scholar)

The adoption of conservation agriculture in Benenain catchment, West Timor island, Indonesia and its implication to the water management

Dr. Ed Challies and Dr. Christopher Rosin