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.
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Castilla-Rho, JC, Rojas, R, Andersen, MS, Holley, C & Mariethoz, G 2019, 'Sustainable groundwater management: How long and what will it take?', GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS, vol. 58.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
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
Holley, C, Mutongwizo, T, Pucci, S & Castilla Rho, J 2020, 'Groundwater regulation, compliance and enforcement: insights on regulators, regulated actors and frameworks in New South Wales, Australia' in Rinaudo, JD, Holley, C, Barnett, S & Montginoul, M (eds), Sustainable Groundwater Management: A Comparative Analysis of French and Australian Policies and Implications to Other Countries, Springer.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Voinov, A, Castilla Rho, J, Perez, P & Kenny, D 2020, 'Integrated Ecological Economic Modeling: What is it good for?' in Creating Wellbeing Futures: A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics.
Climate disruption, overpopulation, biodiversity loss, the threats of financial collapse, large-scale damage to our natural and social environments and eroding democracy are all becoming critically important concerns. The editors of this timely book assert that these problems are not separate, but all stem from our overreliance on an out-dated approach to economics that puts growth of production and consumption above all else.
Ecological economics can help create the future that most people want – a future that is prosperous, just, equitable and sustainable. This forward-thinking book lays out an alternative approach that places the sustainable wellbeing of humans and the rest of nature as the overarching goal. Each of the book’s chapters, written by a diverse collection of scholars and practitioners, outlines a research and action agenda for how this future can look and possible actions for its realization.
Sustainable Wellbeing Futures will be of value to academics and students researching environmental and ecological economics, as well as individuals interested in gaining a greater understanding of the concept of a wellbeing future and how we might act to achieve it.
Castilla Rho, J, Holley, C & Castilla, JC 2019, 'Groundwater as a Common Pool Resource: Modelling, Management and the Complicity Ethic in a Non-Collective World' in Global Changes Ethics, Politics and Environment in the Contemporary Technological World, Springer.
This book offers an authoritative analysis of the challenges that have arisen as a result of modern technologies.
Ogie, RI, Castilla Rho, J & Clarke, RJ 2018, 'Artificial Intelligence in Disaster Risk Communication: A Systematic Literature Review', https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/8634895/proceeding, 2018 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management, IEEE, Sendai, Japan.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Effective communication of disaster risks is crucial to provoking appropriate responses from citizens and emergency operators. With recent advancement in Artificial Intelligence (AI), several researchers have begun exploring machine learning techniques in improving disaster risk communication. This paper adopts a systematic literature approach to report on the various research activities involving the application of AI in disaster risk communication. The study found that research activities focus on two broad areas: (1) prediction and monitoring for early warning, and (2) information extraction and classification for situational awareness. These broad areas are discussed, including background information to help establish future applications of AI in disaster risk communication. The paper concludes with recommendations of several ways in which AI applications can have a broader role in disaster risk communication.
Anjum, M, Voinov, A, Castilla Rho, J & Pileggi, SF 2019, 'Understanding mental models through a moderated framework for serious discussion', 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Canberra.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Dupen, P, Castilla Rho, J & Voinov, A 2019, 'Model-enabled community engagement in a mining approval process', 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Canberra.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Kenny, D, Voinov, A & Castilla Rho, J 2019, 'Persuasion, influence, and participatory modelling in socio-ecological systems: A framework for action', 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Canberra.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Ogie, R, Castilla Rho, J, Clarke, R & Moore, A 2018, 'Disaster Risk Communication in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities: The Role of Technology', 12thInternationalConferenceonUbiquitousComputingandAmbientIntelligence, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.