Katherine is a Fellow in the ANU Centre for European Studies, a jointly funded initiative of the European Commission and five ANU colleges. Katherine's current research work focusses on the challenges of implementing participatory approaches to policy and action for sustainable development. In this field, she has recently worked in France, Australia, Bulgaria and the Pacific on projects related to water governance, risk management, sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation and international science and technology cooperation. Her other research interests include public policy innovation processes, developing decision-aiding theory for "multi-accountable" groups and encouraging effective inter-organisational collaborations. Katherine is the author of the Cambridge University Press book "Co-engineering and participatory water management: organisational challenges for water governance", published in the UNESCO International Hydrology Series, and over 70 other academic publications including papers, book chapters, reports and edited collections.
In a research management role, Katherine is the ANU's European Research Development Manager and works in the PACE-NET Plus EU project on strengthening bi-regional dialogue on science, technology and innovation between Europe and the Pacific. She has previously worked in ANU's Centre for Policy Innovation and the H.C. Coombs Policy Forum at the Crawford School of Public Policy on a range of Australian Public Service - ANU cooperation projects, including the Future Thought Leaders Program. She was chair of the scientific programme for 2012 Engineers Australia "Practical Responses to Climate Change" conference on Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenges, and is a co-convenor of the French-Australian Water and Land Management Initiative. She has taught executive development courses for the Australian National Institute for Public Policy (ANIPP) on multi-level governance. Katherine has received many awards and honours for her work including a John Monash Scholarship and being elected as a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust. She has served on the ACT (2009-2011, 2015) and National (2013-2014) Selection Panels for the John Monash Scholarships and currently serves as a member of the National Committee on Water Engineering.
- Water and environmental policy, engineering and management
- Multi-level governance and inter-organisational cooperation
- Sustainability theory and practice: strategic planning, risk assessment, evaluation programs
- Design and coordination of participatory processes for decision-aiding and conflict management
- Leadership, capacity building, education, innovation processes and knowledge management