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IWC welcomes new Lecturer and Project Officer on board!

IWC would like to welcome Dr Karen Benn and Annika Kearton, who have recently joined the team in the Brisbane office.

Karen BennKaren 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 now responsible for the Final Projects for the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) program and 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.

Annika Kearton


Annika enjoys working closely in partnership with communities and local organisations to identify solutions to environmental challenges. She is interested in the integration of environmental, economic and social perspectives in research, policy and planning for sustainable and equitable development outcomes.

She has worked for universities, government, and non-government organisations in Australia, East Timor and the Philippines. At IWC she is supporting sanitation marketing and climate change adaptation for improved and sustained access to sanitation and hygiene in the climate-sensitive Pacific region. She has a Master of Environment (Development) and Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Political Science) from The University of Melbourne.




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