Dr Karen Benn
Lecturer and MIWM Final Projects Manager
Karen is a Lecturer in IWC’s Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) program. To prepare graduates for the demands and challenges faced in integrated water management, Karen practises problem-based experiential approaches to learning that are participant-centred. She advocates the importance of trans-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and collaboration to solve complex and wicked problems. Karen is particularly interested in the knowledge/power relationships that influence successful environmental policy outcomes, and in lessons learned from the Scandinavian nations that facilitate the ecological modernisation of industry.
Karen has a Bachelor of Education in Environmental Science and a Master in Environmental Science from Monash and Macquarie Universities. Her PhD study in Environmental Science and Sociology investigated farmer resistance to nutrient management issues affecting water quality in the Great Barrier Reef. Karen has worked as an environmental educator for secondary schools, Greening Australia, Landcare and James Cook University. She was commissioned to write the State of the Environment Australia 1996 Teacher’s Study Guide and the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Community Education Strategy. Karen has also served as the Victorian State Delegate for the Australian Association of Environmental Education and the Vice President of the Victorian Association of Environmental Education.
Karen holds an Adjunct Lectureship in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland (Australia). She continues to research the social, environmental and economic factors involved in developing environmental policy and outcomes that affect the sustainable management of natural resources and water quality.