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Ms Nerida Horner

Northern Territory Science Consultant and Coordinator Darwin Urban Living Lab


Nerida Horner is a professional Environmental Engineer at CSIRO with nearly 20 years experience in water, energy and built environment sustainability. She facilitates collaborative and multidisciplinary environmental and infrastructure research across a broad range of subject areas, with a specific focus on the development of Northern Australia. Current projects include Coordinator of the virtual Darwin Urban Living Laboratory and management of wastewater in shale gas developments.

Nerida also holds a Masters degree in Anthropology and Development and has 15 years experience in the NT in engineering management, Indigenous engagement and service delivery in the utility sector. Ms Horner’s career has spanned research and project delivery in river, groundwater and potable water systems across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland. Formerly of NT Power and Water before joining CSIRO in late 2015, Nerida has led and managed multidisciplinary science and engineering teams of up to 20 people in both operations and research, as well as strategic management of multi-stakeholder consortiums. She has successfully undertaken engineering, science and leadership roles in utility, NGO, research and government sectors, and has a track record of bringing together organisations around shared project goals and delivering on outcomes.

The focus of Nerida’s role is to strengthen the contribution CSIRO science makes to northern development, and she is currently working on environmental management projects in marine, urban, agricultural and petroleum sectors.

Examples of impacts of Nerida’s work are:
• Leading and/or project-managing complex multi-disciplinary environmental projects
• Assisting government, industry and community to make informed decisions on future investment, policy and practice through trusted and high quality science
• Communicating complex science for government, industry and community use
• Improving the understanding within CSIRO of government, industry and community challenges, priorities and concerns
• Developing a portfolio of emerging collaborative projects with partners in northern Australia
• Increasing the number, success and size of northern-focused collaborative projects, through building on local relationships and continual communication between sometimes disparate science domains

Achievements and Awards

  • 2015-2015

    Outstanding Alumni Awards - Significant Career Achievement Finalist
    Griffith University, Brisbane

  • 2016-2016

    President - Northern and Overseas Division
    Engineers Australia

  • 2014-2015

    Deputy President - Northern and Overseas Division
    Engineers Australia

  • 2014-2014

    Environmental College National Board Member
    Engineers Australia

  • 2011-2011

    NT Young Professional Engineer of the Year - Highly Commended
    Engineers Australia

  • 2009-2012

    Women in Engineering National Committee Member
    Engineers Australia

  • 2008-2012

    Judge - Northern Territory Melaleuca Awards (Environmental Excellence Awards for Community and Business)
    Power and Water

Academic Qualifications

  • 2018

    Experienced Leaders Program

  • 2014

    Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development
    Australian National University

  • 2011

    Emerging Leaders Program
    Power and Water Corporation, DDI International and Human Synergistics

  • 2011

    IAP2 Certified Practitioner in Public Participation
    International Association for Public Participation

  • 2002

    Bachelor of Environmental Engineering
    Griffith University

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-present

    Northern Territory Research Consultant

  • 2013-2015

    Manager (Water and Energy) Demand Management, Remote Operations
    Power and Water Corporation, Northern Territory

  • 2008-2013

    Manager Community Water Planning, Remote Operations
    Power and Water Corporation, Northern Territory

  • 2005-2007

    Water Research Engineer
    Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) and CRC for Water Quality and Treatment (CRCWQT), Alice Springs

  • 2002-2005

    Research Assistant (Freshwater Ecology, Catchment Hydrology, Biogeochemistry)
    Australian Rivers Institute (formerly Centre for Riverine Landscapes), Griffith University, Brisbane.

Other highlights

  • 2018-2018

    CSIRO Experienced Leaders Program

  • 2016-2016

    'Manymak' Project Team wins 2016 NAIDOC Caring for Country Award

  • 2011-2015

    Built Business Case and Strategy for Water & Energy Efficiency for 72 remote Indigenous communities in the NT, identifying efficiency savings of $30M NPV (10 years).


  • 2011-2015

    $12.3M 'Manymak' Energy Efficiency Program, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • 2008-2010

    $1.2M Groundwater monitoring for National Water Accounts, Bureau of Meteorology