Dr Craig Styan

Dr Craig Styan is Acting Head of Department at UCL Australia, a department within the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London. Based in Adelaide, Craig’s research is focussed on the monitoring and managing the environmental impacts of energy and resources developments, but he also has an interest in the social aspects of development and teaches a course on “Social Licence to Operate” . Prior to joining UCL, Craig worked in industry in Western Australia, designing and running large scale environmental monitoring programs for port developments such as the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects. Before that, Craig taught marine ecology and statistics at the University of Sydney and then Deakin University. He has also held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Melbourne and the South Australian Research and Development Institute

Craig’s UCL Profile

Dr Hazel Vandeleur

Dr Vandeleur has worked in academic, Government and private consultancy sectors as an environmental scientist for the past 15 years, across Australia, the UK, Europe, China and New Zealand.  Within her roles as an Environmental Consultant, Hazel has had extensive experience of coordinating, managing and writing/compiling Environmental Impact Assessments including the provision of specialist marine and coastal dredging technical input and the management of contracts/sub-contracts relating to these works. Dr Vandeleur sat on the Scientific Working Group for Marine Parks for the South Australian Environment Minister for 6 years (2008-2014), and on the SA Marine Parks Council (2008-2011), is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (C.Env.P.) and currently sits on the Northern and Yorke Natural Resource Management Board

Hazel’s UCL Profile


Holly Niner

Holly’s research interests lie in the effective and robust governance of the marine environment, where decisions are required to balance the competing priorities of resource use. These interests have been fostered through a number of years working in marine conservation and environmental management within governmental organisations, NGOs and industry after completing an MSci in Oceanography completed at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Through this varied experience Holly has gained a working insight into the challenges of the effective and pragmatic integration of scientific evidence into governance frameworks. This has led to the focus of her PhD which is on the influence of biodiversity offsetting on development consent processes in the marine environment. She is based in Adelaide within the Energy, resources and the marine environment research group and supervised jointly by Dr. Craig Styan (School of Energy and Resources, Australia) and Dr. Peter Jones (Department of Geography).


Antony Lockyer

Antony’s research is framed around the improvement of environmental monitoring programs for offshore and coastal developments. Of particular interest are: statistical optimisation of sampling design, the analysis of large datasets and identifying anthropogenic impacts in naturally highly variable systems. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program Antony worked as a marine consultant in the United Kingdom, conducting environmental assessments. During this time he worked on numerous projects in both the private and public sector from the tendering process through to the completion of full environmental reports inclusive of detailed univariate and multivariate statistical analysis. Antony holds an MSc in Environmental Consultancy and a BSc in Ocean Science, both  completed at the University of Plymouth.

Masha Koleva

Mariya Koleva

Masha is researching better ways of designing water treatment processing systems such as desalination, based in Chemical Engineering at UCL in London. As part of her work she is developing a model that is able to recommend the most economic path of treating various sources of water to meet different fit-for-purpose standards, using mixed integer non-linear programming to optimise flowsheets. Her principal PhD supervisor is Professor Lazaros Papageorgiou in Chemical Engineering and Mariya spent ~18 months of her PhD in Australia; Craig is her subsidiary supervisor. Mariya has a MEng in Chemical with Biochemical Engineering at UCL in London, as well as a BEng degree in Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Previous Lab Members


Dr Laura Falkenberg (2014-16)

Post-doctoral Fellow @ Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).

MSc. Students

Listya Mustafida (2013) Salt Profile Study of Coal Seam Gas Water Irrigation Project Area for Meeting Sustainability of Land and Water in Roma, Queensland
Suijin Lee (2013/14) Inter- and intra-country differences in website communications with stakeholders
Christopher Bartley (2014) Can we measure the Social Licence to Operate?   
Adranik Petrosyan (2014) Technical and social-political issues related to hydro-fracking the in US, Australia and the UK: factors affection public perception.
Mohamad Adnam (2015) Measuring the effectiveness of public participation in Environmental Impact Assessment
 Emma Haddon (2016) Marine Renewable Energy Devices: A systematic review and comparison of environmental research published within academic scientific journals and industry reports
 Suzanne Mathan (2017) Do employees at different levels within  the energy and resources sector understand what it takes to obtain and maintain a SLO? A Q methodology approach
Zhu Xuejin (2017) Post closure planning at Kanmantoo Copper Mine: the opportunities for tourism
Alexandra Mitchell (2017) The effectiveness of a community consultative committee in dealing with environmental perceptions in a post-mine closure scenario: a case study from the Angas Zinc Mine, South Australia