Hi, I'm Rebecca

I'm a Lecturer (Assistant Professor for all the Americans) in Civil Systems Engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. My work focuses on the environmental impacts of energy systems, with particular focus on the electricity sector. I am passionate about researching energy, the environment, natural resources and sustainability, particularly in the context of a changing climate, new policies, and technological advances.

I work on problems with complex solutions and enjoy the challenge of tackling questions that don't have answers. In my research, I use electricity grid and water resource modeling, optimisation, statistics, and data science, among other things, to tackle these questions. I also love data visualization.

I am currently teaching a class for 3rd year civil engineering students about engineering for climate change. We cover subjects like risk, uncertainty, sustainability, climate science, mitigation and adaptation, networks/network theory, and more. Next year, I will also teach a 4th year elective on energy systems and society. I'm just beginning my career as an academic, but I look forward to teaching courses on data analysis/optimisation and energy systems in the near future.

If you would like to get in touch to talk about research collaborations or openings for students in my research group, please contact me.