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Indira Venkatraman

PHD Candidate

23 November 2023



Research Title: Adaptation Options for Rural Coastal Lowlands


Indie joined the University of Canterbury in 2023, reading for a PhD in adaptation options for rural coastal lowlands, under Civil Systems Engineering. She will be completing a Master of Commerce in Accounting at the University of Otago in 2023. Her master’s topic looks at assessing suitability of performance metrics in climate actions plans in New Zealand.  While at Otago, Indie has held two summer scholarships, one with the Centre for Sustainability exploring sustainability implications in ICT in 2020-2021. The second in the summer of 2021-2022, with Otago’s Sustainability Office, completing a report on audit metrics and materiality for actionable recycling. Her project was supported by Waste MINZ and the University of Otago.

She currently works as a research and teaching assistant with the department of Accounting Information Systems at Canterbury, assisting with data analytics and information systems related courses and research projects.

She also serves as a member on the Qualitative Research in Accounting Network’s special interest group (QualRAN SIG) and Presbyterian Church Aotearoa Emissions Reduction Working Group (PCANZ ERTG) . Prior to which, Indie was a career ambassador for Otago’s career development centre in 2021 and a postgraduate representative for Otago’s Climate Change network in 2022. She has also worked in research management and data analysis for the Melbourne Medical School, Melbourne School of Engineering and Department of Accounting at the University of Melbourne between 2017 to 2019.

  • Dr Tom Logan
  • Dr Andrew Allison, NIWA
  • Dr Jan Kwakkel, TU Delft



Venkatraman, I., & Adler, R. (2023). Artistic Data: Rise of data-driven call to action in climate change and sustainable futures. Art, Business and Sustainability (Palgrave)


Venkatraman, I. (2020). Developing an Expert Seeking Process model based on Information Seeking Behaviour (Honours thesis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)


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