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Dr Tim Muster

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Tim Muster is a Principal Research Scientist based in Adelaide, South Australia and active researcher within the Adaptive Liveable Cities Team in CSIRO Land and Water. Tim leads CSIRO’s Urban Living Lab initiative which seeks to build a portfolio of innovation precincts that progress an agenda of place-based experimentation and learning, catalysing and de-risking change, and solving wicked urban problems using systems and co-development approaches. Tim’s research seeks to understand the enablers and barriers to place-based innovation and capacity-building projects, and to evaluate the ability of new solutions and/or policies to advance system aspects of liveability, sustainability and resilience. Tim has over 25 years of research experience in intelligent infrastructure and resource recovery from wastewater. He has published over 75 refereed journal publications and has previously led numerous collaborative projects with the Water Research Foundation, The Boeing Company, Fonterra and Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. Tim was the recipient of a CSIRO Julius Career Award for nutrient recovery from wastewater in 2011. In 2007 Tim was the recipient of CSIRO Young Scientist John Philip Award and has twice won the Marshall Fordham Best Research Paper of the Australasian Corrosion Association (2003 and 2005).

Other Interests

For further information on CSIRO Future Cities please see the following link.

Keep up to date with the CSIRO Urban Living Lab initiatives.
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Current Roles

  • CSIRO Urban Living Lab Coordinator
    Portfolio development to accelerate the transformation of Australian cities and communities toward a more liveable, sustainable and resilient future

  • Darwin Living Lab
    Project Manager

  • Sydney Science Park Urban Living Lab
    Project Manager

Academic Qualifications

  • 2017

    Certificate in Executive Management and Development
    AGSM Business School, UNSW Australia

  • 2001

    Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
    Ian Wark Research Institute, UniSA Australia

  • 1994

    Honours Degree (1st Class) in Chemical Technology
    UniSA Australia

Professional Experiences

  • 2017-2021

    Team Leader, Adaptive Liveable Cities. Science Integration, CSIRO Future Cities

  • 2014-2016

    Science Leader of CSIRO Liveable, Sustainable, Resilient Cities Program

  • 2012-2014

    Stream Leader, Urban Water Technologies, Urban Water Theme, Water for a Healthy Country Flagship

  • 2011-2014

    Group Leader Functional Interfaces and Coatings within Surfaces and Nanoscience Program, CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering

  • 2011-2011

    Visiting Researcher, Water Technologies Group
    VTT Finland

  • 2009-2011

    Team Leader, Functional Interfaces within Surfaces, Thin Films and Interfaces Program, CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering

  • 2009-2010

    Stream Leader of ‘Efficient Use of Materials’ in Cleantech Theme, Future Manufacturing Flagship

  • 2008-2009

    Stream Leader of ‘Lifetime Critical Components’ in Nanomaterials Theme, CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering

  • 2007-2007

    Visiting Research, Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering
    University of Virginia

  • 2001-2004

    Post-doctoral research at CSIRO Manufacturing and Infrastructure Technology

  • 2000-2001

    Post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Bristol, UK
    University of Bristol

  • 1997-2000

    PhD at the Ian Wark Research Institute
    University of South Australia

  • 1994-1995

    Research assistant at University of Twente, The Netherlands
    University of Twente

Achievements and Awards

  • 2006-2007

    CSIRO Young Scientist John Philip Award

  • 2010-2013

    Julius Career Award - nutrient recovery from wastewater

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