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Alison D. Prior



Alison is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Water Systems. Her research focuses on the cascading effects of climate change on European cities, as part of the RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas (RESCCUE) project. Her PhD research is supervised by Prof Slobodan Djordjevic and Prof David Butler.

For her Masters research in 2016, Alison applied a satellite-based water accounting (WA+) framework to the Niger River in West Africa. Her research gave her the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands and Laos to work with the WA+ teams at UN-IHE and at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

Alison's career has taken her from evaluating water supply and sanitation in remote communities in Western Australia and Mongolia to sustainability consulting and managing groundwater projects for the Australian Federal Government. Her current research in urban resilience brings together her research interests in water, sustainability and disaster risk reduction. 

Research Interests

Cascading effects, Urban Water Security, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Critical Infrastructure, Resilience, Drought, Sustainable Water Management and Water Governance, Water Accounting (river basin scale) and Water Auditing (city and industrial scale). 


Master of Water Resources Engineering | Katholiek Universiteit Leuven & Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) | Belgium
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, with Honours | Murdoch University | Australia
Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development | Murdoch University | Australia
Bachelor of Business in Economics | Edith Cowan University | Australia