The research team
Dr Vivienne Waller
Project leader + Social dimension
Vivienne Waller is a Sociologist at Swinburne University of Technology with teaching and research interests in the areas of knowledge, the environment, and technology, as well as research methods more generally. Viv holds a PhD in Sociology and postgraduate qualifications in Economics from Australian National University and a BA and a BSc from the University of Melbourne. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a consultant conducting social research and in policy and evaluation areas of the Australian government. She is passionate about improving our relationship with the environment that sustains us.
Professor John Boland
Carbon accounting dimension
John Boland's research focus lies in combining mathematical, statistical and time series techniques, particularly in the area of environmental modelling and assessment. The result of this is that he has wide ranging applications of his approach to applying rigorous mathematical techniques to real world problems. He has held fourteen nationally competitive grants, including eight ARC Discovery and Linkage, since 2000. He received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Adelaide in modelling of heat flows in houses. There is a diversity of fields in these grants from water resource management, renewable energy and its integration into the electricity grid, food waste reduction, permeable pavers, solar energy forecasting, climate change adaptation to ecosystem regeneration. He has had sixteen PhD completions, and is Leader of Program 2, Low Carbon Precincts for the CRC for Low Carbon Living.
Professor Linda Blackall
Linda L Blackall is a microbial ecologist who has studied many different complex microbial communities ranging from host associated (e.g. coral, sponge, human, marsupial, bovine) through to free living including wastewater treatment (aerobic and anaerobic), solid organic waste remediation (landfill) and recycling (composting), bioelectric systems and microbiologically influenced corrosion. Her research has elucidated massive microbial complexity and function in these diverse microbiomes. She is a Professor of BioSciences at Swinburne University of Technology in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.
Dr Belinda Christie
Postdoctoral research fellow + Social dimension
Belinda Christie is a postdoctoral research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology, supported by the CRC for Low Carbon Living. Her research interests lie in the fields of environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaption, and education for sustainability. Belinda was awarded her PhD in Environmental Sustainability in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management) (Honours) from Deakin University, Melbourne. She has worked as a researcher and teacher within the university sector since 2009, and has nine years experience within the land management and horticulture industry. Belinda is also involved in several community environmental education projects, and spends most of her time helping others to lighten their impact on the earth.
PhD candidate + Carbon accounting dimension
Charles Ling is an environmental engineer and he has a strong interest in urban sustainability especially with resource recovery and energy/water efficiency in the built environment. Charles has worked previously at Flinders University, Sustainability House, Big Switch Projects as well as running his own building sustainability consultancy. At Flinders University, Charles was involved in supporting composting research for problematic organic wastes such as food waste and contaminated soils, both at pilot-scale and full-scale. He was also involved with improving commercial composting technologies. After Flinders University, Charles has been involved with energy, water and waste audits and carbon footprints for commercial buildings and organisations. He is also a NABERS Energy, Water & Waste Assessor and a Green Star Accredited Professional.
Charles is undertaking a PhD with CRC Low Carbon Living developing carbon accounting models for food waste diversion and processing.
Alex Jaimes Castillo
PhD candidate + Microbial dimension
Alex Jaimes Castillo graduated as an environmental and natural resources engineer and hold a master of environment from The University of Melbourne, with a thesis focused in composting dehydrated food waste plus coal ash. He specialised in waste management and climate change. Alex, has been working for seven years for different institutions and organizations, such as NGO’s, rural and urban municipalities, Environmental Ministry of Peru, United Nations Development Programme – UNDP, The University of Melbourne and private sector. Alex, based on his labour experience, wrote a book, about solid waste recycling in Peru. Moreover, he participated as guest speaker at American University, and Princeton University in USA.
Alex is undertaking a PhD with CRC Low Carbon Living, focusing in the microbial ecology of urban organic waste (Compost).