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IWC graduate focuses on sustainable water management

As South East Queensland adopts new water guidelines, IWC graduate Nathan Cammerman has his eyes firmly set on helping to educate the community on water management.
IWC graduate focuses on sustainable water management

IWC graduate, Nathan Cammerman

Mr Cammerman was part of the first cohort of students to graduate from the IWC's Master of Integrated Water Management program hosted at The University of Queensland earlier this year.

“We use water to produce energy and as our water supplies are dwindling due to increased population growth, we’re actually using more energy to produce water,” he said.

“In our policy development, water and energy are actually treated very dissimilarly which really poses problems for both sustainable water and energy management.”

The degree, co-badged by the IWC's four member universities, has provided Mr Cammerman with the drive to one day open a consultancy firm that focuses on the sustainable management of water resources.

“Currently the engineering sector still dominates on thinking in this area – we’re not taking a broad enough perspective – especially major project management – we’re not assessing water in an integrated manner,” he said.

“The community have shown they are actually very responsive to social marketing and that’s an example of how basically we have used social techniques instead of traditional engineering approaches, such as dams or  desalination plants, in order to sustainably manage our water resources.”

For years, the Cardiff University alumnus searched for the perfect postgraduate degree while furthering his geology career in the resource sector in Australia.

It was while Mr Cammerman worked with Aboriginal groups to assist in economic and community development, that he discovered the Master of Integrated Water Management.

“Its strengths were its multi-disciplinary nature and the way that each unit was actually integrated through problem-based learning,” he said.

“I’ve always had a passion for water, but what I’ve generally found is that most of the postgraduate courses available were mainly focused on the hydrological aspects – just on the engineering aspects of water.”

The masters degree is a joint venture between four of Australia’s leading universities including The University of Queensland, Monash University, the University of Western Australia and Griffith University.
Find out more about the Master of Integrated Water Management.


Story courtesy of Eliza Plant, UQ



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