Louise Bardwell

Research Assistant

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Sustainable development, humanitarian engineering, renewable energy systems, decarbonisation, transdisciplinary methods, Indigenous knowledge systems, data analysis.


Louise is passionate about driving the world’s sustainable and equitable pathway to decarbonisation through the use of renewable energy systems and social change. With a background in Engineering and Pacific/Asian studies, she believes that all research should be transdisciplinary, incorporating the diversity and complexity of the techno, economic, social, and cultural factors that underpin all aspects of human actions.


Louise is a research assistant with the ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, working on the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative. She completed her Honours project with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology, investigating the conversion of pig waste to hydrogen using SCWG and a Pd-based membrane reactor with molten salt heat carriers. Louise has also worked as a Junior Analyst with ITP Renewables, and in Vacation positions with Deloitte, EY, and Whitehaven Coal.

Activities & Awards

Alongside Louise’s research work, she is interested in Humanitarian Engineering and the foundational role it should play in engineering practice, and understanding the process of decolonising methodologies to allow engagement with First Nations people and Indigenous knowledge systems. For more details of her volunteer work in this area, including as the ACT Chapter President and Vice President of Engineers Without Borders Australia in 2021 and 2020 respectively, please see this link.

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The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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