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PhD researcher on Infrastructure and Disaster Risk Reduction, Monash University

Erich Wolff is a civil and geotechnical engineer currently developing his doctoral thesis at Monash University. His most recent work delves into the challenges and opportunities of involving communities in flood risk management in the context of Australia and the Asia Pacific. His thesis is based on the first hand experiences of leading a citizen science flood-monitoring project conducted in partnership with communities living in Indonesia and Fiji over the last two years. This project collected, so far, more than 5000 photos of flood gauges that were used to inform the design of nature-based infrastructure systems in the area. Having participated in projects in Brazil, Colombia, USA and Australia over the last seven years, he has collaborated in courses in several institutions including RMIT and Monash University (AUS), University of Pennsylvania (USA) and Technical University of Delft (NL). His most recent publications examine participatory methods in disaster science and interrogate how communities can contribute to more nuanced and democratic decision-making in the realm of natural infrastructure design and planning.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD researcher on Infrastructure and Disaster Risk Reduction, Monash University

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Brasilia, Masters in Geotechnics