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Dr. Kevin Collins
Dr Kevin Collins
Post:Senior Lecturer
Department:Engineering And Innovation
E-Mail:kevin.collins @
Tel:+44 (0)1908 655095
Fax:01908 652140


I joined the OU in 2001 after postdoc work at UCL, London.  I have worked on a range of research projects exploring systems and social learning approaches to managing water in the UK, EU and internationally.  My teaching is on environmental management. 




My research interests focus on social learning for natural resource management especially water resources; and systems thinking and practice.  

Current projects focus on:

climate change and water CADWAGO; drought warning systems DRiVER; and I'm also working with DEFRA/Environment Agency on social learning approaches for catchment based approaches and River Basin Planning under the Water Framework Directive.  

Recent projects include:

I am interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas:
  • social learning
  • systems thinking and practice
  • water resource managing
  • natural resource managing and governance





My teaching includes a variety of modules on environmental topics and systems approaches.

Undergraduate: I am co-author of and currently chairing  Environmental Management 1 and co-author of Environmental Management II.

Postgraduate: Managing Systemic Change  Environmental Responsibility, Environmental Decision Making: A Systems Approach

I have also contributed to a Guide to systems diagramming




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