Dr Katrina Proust

BA, LLB, MLitt (Syd), PhD (ANU)
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Originally an historical archaeologist, I study the historical factors and the feedback dynamics that shape relationships between humans and our environment. With Barry Newell I have developed Collaborative Conceptual Modelling, an approach which provides a conceptual framework to support studies of social-ecological systems. I am interested in the interconnected systems that characterise relationships between human health and the environment in urban settings.

Research interests

  • Complex human-environment systems
  • The dynamics of urban health systems in a changing environment
  • Urban issues in the Asia-Pacific region affecting population health
  • Development of Collaborative Conceptual Modelling (CCM) with Dr Barry Newell (FSES)
  • Environmental and applied history
  • Systems thinking
  • Newell, B. and Proust, K. 2009. I See How You Think: Using Influence Diagrams to Support Dialogue. ANU Centre for Dialogue.
    http://www.anu.edu.au/dialogue/2009/I%20See%20How%20You%20Think.pdf
  • Newell, B., K. Proust, G. Wiltshire, D. Newell, 2008, Taking a Systems Approach to Estuary Management. Proceedings of 17th NSW Coastal Conference, Wollongong, 2008.

I am interested in supervising student projects which apply systems thinking to complex human-environment issues and relationships, including projects on urban health, and in the coastal zone of the NSW far south coast