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APEC-Australia Women in Research
Fellowship 2023
Dr Ana Cordova 
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Home Economy: Mexico

Host Institution: Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions, Australian National University


Project Title: Designing and assessing urban Nature based Solutions (NbS) interventions to mitigate flood events in the City of Ipswich, QLD.



Project Outline: Nature based Solutions (NbS) encompass a range of innovative technologies that use natural processes to provide services (such as stormwater management) along with environmental, social and economic co-benefits. NbS are important complements to conventional engineering solutions to flood management (Grey Infrastructure). I will collaborate with the ANU team to design and assess urban NbS interventions to mitigate flood events in the City of Ipswich, QLD. After design in GIS software, the proposed solutions will be tested with hydrological and hydrodynamic models to simulate impacts on reduction of flood damage. Various combinations of interventions such as green roofs; permeable pavements; rain gardens; greenways; earthworks in parks, mediums, round-abouts and other public and private open spaces will be extensively explored in search of the most effective and cost-effective scenarios of urban NbS use for flood mitigation.

Reasons for applying for fellowship: International research exchanges are highly valued in my academic career as a way to expand my scientific knowledge and experience, have access to high quality library resources and close collaboration with world-class researchers. In this project, I will learn new GIS and modelling skills and expand my understanding of flood mitigation measures in physical, biological, economic, cultural and institutional contexts that are different from the ones I have worked in previously. This will enrich my understanding of the technologies involved and their applications. I am very grateful for the family allowance portion of the APEC-Australia Women in Research Fellowship, which is critical for women scientists with dependent children and is of great value for our pursuit of international collaboration opportunities.


Past Achievements:

  • 2007-2009, 2016 to date National Researcher, National researchers System (SNI) CONAHCYT

  • 2022 Forest History Society (USA) Theodore C. Belgen Award for best article in forest and conservation history

  • 2009 to date, Editorial Board, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, Francis and Taylor, UK

  • 2017 to 2021 Scientific Committee, Housing and Sustainable Communities Journal (Revista Vivienda y Comunidades Sustentables), Mexico

  • 2018-2023 Board of Directors, JMAS Juarez (Water and Wastewater Utility of Ciudad Juarez). Mexico

  • 2009-2013 Board of Directors, Sky Island Alliance (Binational Biodiversity Conservation organisation), Tucson, USA


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