Doctoral Studies, University of Auckland
2002 - 2006
Responsibilities: Research and writing PhD thesis.
Achievements: Received PhD titled ‘An Urban 3-Waters Infrastructure Sustainability Decision-Making Process’
Submitted PhD thesis in 2006 through the School of Architecture, Property and Planning at the University of Auckland on An Urban 3-waters Infrastructure Sustainability Decision Making Process. The study focused on defining a new comprehensive framework centred on the six elements of sustainability – the cultural, social, institutional, financial, natural and built environment. The framework uses a systems approach to include generic principles and site specific 3-waters (stormwater, wastewater and water supply) principles for application across all facets of the planning, design, construction, monitoring and decommissioning phases of water infrastructure. The focus was on developing a multi-criteria assessment tool that can be used by water service providers to help assess the relative sustainability of alternative water infrastructure options. Auckland City Council used the basis of the PhD framework within its multi-million dollar integrated catchment study to assess alternative options to address aging infrastructure concerns and the ability to service future growth projections.