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Dr Juan Castilla-Rho

Associate Research Fellow

  • Associate Research Fellow | Participatory Systems Modelling - SMART Infrastructure Facility

Overview


Dr. Juan Castilla-Rho is a transdisciplinary systems modeller working at the interface of natural resource management and computational social science. He combines numerical modelling, systems thinking and complexity science to better understand the dynamic interactions between people, water, infrastructure, and the environment. Juan is pioneering the use of interactive agent-based policy simulators to engage stakeholders in the exploration of future trajectories and improve policy decisions in groundwater- and other environmental-related dilemmas. His research has earned several keynote presentations, best early-career oral presentation award at the Australasian Groundwater Conference in 2015, the inaugural 2017 CSIRO Land & Water early-career award, and the cover of Nature Human Behaviour. His work on the Groundwater Commons Game was also recently featured and presented at the Research Institute of Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan. His scientific and leadership skills have been recognised internationally, as a recipient of an AusAid Australian Leadership Award in 2010. Prior to pursuing a research career, Juan worked for six years in the Atacama Desert for the Chilean Water Authority, water utilities and also as consultant, dealing with complex groundwater issues in one of driest regions in the world.

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2017 Social tipping points in global groundwater management
    Published in   Nature Human Behaviour
    2017 Groundwater Modeling with Stakeholders: Finding the Complexity that Matters
    Published in   Ground Water
    2015 An agent-based platform for simulating complex human–aquifer interactions in managed groundwater systems
    Published in   Environmental Modelling and Software

Research Overview


  • Juan has a strong research interest in the following:

    • Water resources modelling and management
    • Water engineering
    • Socio-hydrology
    • Computational social science
    • Agent-based modelling
    • Management flight simulators
    • Resilience and sustainability science
    • Decision making under uncertainty

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Proceedings
    Volume
    2
    Pages
    1256-1 - 1256-7
    2017

    Published In
    Ground Water
    Volume
    55
    Pages
    620 - 625
    ISSN
    0017-467X
    2017

    Published In
    Nature Human Behaviour
    Volume
    1
    Pages
    640 - 649
    2015

    Published In
    Environmental Modelling and Software
    Volume
    73
    Pages
    305 - 323
    ISSN
    1364-8152
    2014

    Published In
    Environmental Modelling and Software
    Volume
    53
    Pages
    35 - 52
    ISSN
    1364-8152
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    2018 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management, ICT-DM 2018
    Pages
    1 - 8

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Agent-based modelling of environmental systems
    • Water resources management
    • Environmental modelling
    • Participatory modelling
    • Management flight simulators
    • Computational social science
    • Resilience/risk assessment
    • Water-food-energy nexus
    • Complex adaptive systems
    • Sustainability science

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Agent-based modelling of environmental systems, UNSW Australia, School fo Civil and Environmental Engineering 2012 - 2017
  • Master of Engineering (Faculty of Eng) - Research in Water Resources, UNSW Australia, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2011 - 2012
  • B.E. in Water Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, School of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering 1999 - 2006

Keywords


  • Computational social science, management flight simulators, numerical modelling, water resource management, water engineering, hydrogeology, systems thinking, complex systems, resilience & sustainability science, agent-based modelling, scientific & high-performance computing

Located In Facility


  • SMART Infrastructure Facility  

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2017 Social tipping points in global groundwater management
    Published in   Nature Human Behaviour
    2017 Groundwater Modeling with Stakeholders: Finding the Complexity that Matters
    Published in   Ground Water
    2015 An agent-based platform for simulating complex human–aquifer interactions in managed groundwater systems
    Published in   Environmental Modelling and Software

Research Overview


  • Juan has a strong research interest in the following:

    • Water resources modelling and management
    • Water engineering
    • Socio-hydrology
    • Computational social science
    • Agent-based modelling
    • Management flight simulators
    • Resilience and sustainability science
    • Decision making under uncertainty

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Proceedings
    Volume
    2
    Pages
    1256-1 - 1256-7
    2017

    Published In
    Ground Water
    Volume
    55
    Pages
    620 - 625
    ISSN
    0017-467X
    2017

    Published In
    Nature Human Behaviour
    Volume
    1
    Pages
    640 - 649
    2015

    Published In
    Environmental Modelling and Software
    Volume
    73
    Pages
    305 - 323
    ISSN
    1364-8152
    2014

    Published In
    Environmental Modelling and Software
    Volume
    53
    Pages
    35 - 52
    ISSN
    1364-8152
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    2018 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management, ICT-DM 2018
    Pages
    1 - 8

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Agent-based modelling of environmental systems
    • Water resources management
    • Environmental modelling
    • Participatory modelling
    • Management flight simulators
    • Computational social science
    • Resilience/risk assessment
    • Water-food-energy nexus
    • Complex adaptive systems
    • Sustainability science

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Agent-based modelling of environmental systems, UNSW Australia, School fo Civil and Environmental Engineering 2012 - 2017
  • Master of Engineering (Faculty of Eng) - Research in Water Resources, UNSW Australia, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2011 - 2012
  • B.E. in Water Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, School of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering 1999 - 2006

Keywords


  • Computational social science, management flight simulators, numerical modelling, water resource management, water engineering, hydrogeology, systems thinking, complex systems, resilience & sustainability science, agent-based modelling, scientific & high-performance computing

Located In Facility


  • SMART Infrastructure Facility  
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