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Juan Carlos Castilla-Rho

Lecturer
(Environmental Modelling and Decision Intelligence)

University of Technology Sydney

Founder, Sim4Action

Biography

Juan is a transdisciplinary systems modeller working at the interface of water resource management and computational social science. He combines numerical modelling, systems thinking and complexity science to better understand the interactions between water and society. Juan is currently pioneering the use of interactive agent-based policy simulators to engage stakeholders in the exploration of future trajectories and improve policy decisions in socio-environmental dilemmas. He has extensive research experience in complex systems, hydrologic modelling, and water resources management, working for industry and government in Australia and overseas in some of driest regions in the world. Juan’s career goals are to lead interdisciplinary investigations on problems of social importance and help communities uncover win-win solutions to social, economic and environmental dilemmas

Interests

  • Socio-hydrology
  • Decision intelligence
  • Deep uncertainty
  • Computational social science
  • Water Resources Modelling
  • Participatory Modelling
  • Agent-based Simulation
  • Management Flight Simulators
  • Scientific Computing (Python)

Education

  • PhD in Agent-based Modelling, 2017

    University of New South Wales, Australia

  • MEngSc in Water Resources, 2012

    University of New South Wales, Australia

  • BEng in Civil Engineering (water and environmental), 2006

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Skills and Tools

I combine and use in my research, teaching, supervision, and training

Water Resources / Socio-hydrology

Agent-based Modelling

Computational Social Science

Systems Thinking

Stakeholder Engagement

Collaborative Modelling

Management Flight Simulators

Sustainability

Resilience

GIS

Python

R

Slack

Overleaf

Zotero

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Research Fellow

SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong (UOW)

Apr 2018 – Jun 2019 Wollongong, Australia
 
 
 
 
 

Research Scientist

Land & Water, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Apr 2016 – Apr 2018 Perth, Australia
 
 
 
 
 

Research Engineer

UNSW Water Research Laboratory (CSIRO)

Mar 2011 – Mar 2012 Sydney, Australia
 
 
 
 
 

Water Engineer

Norte Ingenieria

Sep 2009 – Jan 2011 Iquique, Chile
 
 
 
 
 

Water Engineer

Aguas del Altiplano

Sep 2007 – Sep 2009 Iquique, Chile
 
 
 
 
 

Groundwater Officer

Chilean Water Authority (DGA)

Jun 2006 – Sep 2007 Iquique, Chile

Accomplish­ments

Early-career scientist award

Paper featured in cover of Nature journal (first author)

Best early-career oral presentation

University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA)

Australian Leadership Award

Funding

AU$110,000 — Integrated Hydrologic Modelling Tool for the Salar de Atacama Basin — Principal Investigator (with Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile)

AU$11,000 — KTP Visiting Fellowship — Host (with Prof. Sebastian Vicuña, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile)

AU$400,000 — SimRapel: Participatory modelling for water governance in the Rapel Basin — Principal Investigator (with CSIRO-Chile)

AU$12,000 — UOW UIC International Links Grants Scheme — Principal Investigator (with Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile)

$300,000 — SimCopiapo: Participatory modelling for water management in the Copiapo Basin — Principal Investigator (with CSIRO-Chile)

Recent Posts

Projects

Salar de Atacama

A water fight in Chile's Atacama raises questions over lithium mining

Collaborators

Some of the amazing people I have the privilege to work with

Collaborators

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Cameron Holley

Professor, Environmental Law

Water/Environmental Law, Water/Environmental Governance, Natural Resource Management

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Moira Zellner

Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy

Urban Planning and policy, Complexity-based modelling, Participatory modelling exploration, Socio-ecological systems

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Sebastian Vicuña

Associate Professor, Water Resource Management

Climate change adaptation, Water resources management, Public policy

Mentoring

Students that I’ve mentored as their advisor and/or are currently working with me.

PhD Students

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Daniel Kenny

PhD candidate

Socio-environmental systems, Behavioural science, Social influence, Persuasion, Participatory modelling

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Madiha Anjum

PhD candidate

Simulation Modelling and Analysis, Interactive Simulation and Intelligent Systems, Sentiment analysis and opinion mining

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Marcos Canales Piccolo

PhD candidate (UTS-PUC dual degree)

Socio-hydrology, Hydroinformatics, Bibliometric analysis, Python

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Pete Dupen

PhD candidate

Stakeholder engagement, Planning and approval processes, Participatory modelling

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Recent Publications

Sustainable groundwater management: How long and what will it take?

Groundwater depletion is arguably one of humanity's greatest sustainability challenges of the 21st century. With Sustainable …

Artificial Intelligence in Disaster Risk Communication: A Systematic Literature Review

Effective communication of disaster risks is crucial to provoking appropriate responses from citizens and emergency operators. With …

Disaster Risk Communication in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities: The Role of Technology

Migrants, ethnic minorities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities are often more vulnerable to …

Social tipping points in global groundwater management

Groundwater is critical to global food security, environmental flows, and millions of rural livelihoods in the face of climate change. …

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