Dr. Gemma Carr
Tel.: +43-1-58801-406655

Centre for Water Resource Systems,
Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13/222, A-1040 Vienna, Austria




Viglione, A., Di Baldassarre, G., Brandimarte, L., Kuil, L., Carr, G., Salinas, J.L., Scolobig, A. and Blöschl, G. (2014) Insights from socio-hydrology modelling on dealing with flood risk – roles of collective memory, risk-taking attitude and trust. Journal of Hydrology, 518 71–82.

Carr, G., Loucks, D.P. and Bloeschl, G. 2012. Evaluating participation in water resource management: A review. Water Resources Research, 48, W11401, doi:10.1029/2011WR011662.

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Gemma Carr


Research Interests


•    Public and stakeholder participation in water resource management.
•    Socio-hydrology, modelling coupled human-water systems.
•    Water reuse, with a particular focus on irrigation and soil management.
•    Collaborative and interdisciplinary research and education in the water sciences.

Gemma’s current research interests are focussed around public and stakeholder participation in water resource management. Ongoing work has been exploring how participation can be evaluated in terms of its achievements and impacts on resource management. She has recently become involved in socio-hydrology, a field that aims to explore the coupled dynamics between humans and water. She also continues to research water reuse and its institutional management. Being part of the Doctoral Programme also gives her the opportunity to explore how interdisciplinary education and research can be developed, supported and evaluated.


Key Facts


Gemma took on the role of coordinator of the Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems in 2009. She has a broad background and obtained a bachelors degree with honours in Geology and Physical Geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2002. In 2004 she completed a Master of Science in Development and Environment at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Her interest in water resources was developed during her Masters dissertation which examined the potential for rainwater harvesting in Nepal. After working for an environmental consultancy she took on a PhD in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Reading, UK and graduated in 2009. Her PhD thesis explored the interactions between soil sustainability and soil and water management when reclaimed water is used for irrigation in the Middle East. She particularly valued the opportunity to conduct extended periods of research fieldwork in Jordan.

Gemma has attended and presented at numerous international conferences and has been awarded two prizes for her presentations. She is on the editorial board for the Italian Journal of Groundwater - Acque Sotterranee and regularly reviews papers from a number of scientific journals including Hydrology and Earth Systems Science, Progress in Development Studies, Agricultural Water Management, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, The Geographical Journal, Water Policy and Water Resources Research. Since 2011 she has convened a session on stakeholder involvement in water management at the EGU General Assembly.