Juan is a transdisciplinary systems modeller working at the interface of natural resource management and computational social science. He combines numerical modelling, systems thinking and complexity science to better understand the dynamic interactions between people, water, infrastructure, and the environment. Juan is pioneering the use of interactive agent-based policy simulators to engage stakeholders in the exploration of future trajectories and improve policy decisions in groundwater- and other environmental-related dilemmas. His research has earned several keynote presentations, best early-career oral presentation award at the Australasian Groundwater Conference in 2015, the inaugural 2017 CSIRO Land & Water early-career award, and the cover of Nature Human Behaviour. His work on the Groundwater Commons Game was also recently featured and presented at the Research Institute of Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan. His scientic and leadership skills have been recognised internationally, as a recipient of an AusAid Australian Leadership Award in 2010. Prior to pursuing a research career, Juan worked for six years in the Atacama Desert for the Chilean Water Authority, water utilities and also as consultant, dealing with complex groundwater issues in one of driest regions in the world.
Can supervise: YES
Castilla-Rho, JC, Rojas, R, Andersen, MS, Holley, C & Mariethoz, G 2017, 'Social tipping points in global groundwater management', NATURE HUMAN BEHAVIOUR, vol. 1, no. 9, pp. 640-649.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Castilla-Rho, JC, Mariethoz, G, Rojas, R, Andersen, MS & Kelly, BFJ 2015, 'An agent-based platform for simulating complex human-aquifer interactions in managed groundwater systems', ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE, vol. 73, pp. 305-323.View/Download from: Publisher's site