B.ScE., Queen’s University, 2012
MSc., UNESCO-IHE, 2017
Canadian Water Resources Association
Water Youth Network
- Disaster Risk Reduction Team Member
English, mother tongue
Heather Murdock, Project Engineer
Heather’s passion is urban infrastructure, water, and resilient communities. As a civil engineer focused on flood risk management she has developed skills in the areas of hazard and vulnerability assessment as well as planning, policy, and stakeholder engagement.
After having accumulated several years of experience in engineering consulting for public sector clients in Canada Heather embarked on the Erasmus Mundus MSc program in Flood Risk Management immersing herself in the modelling, strategy, spatial planning, and economics of flood risk. With this she had the opportunity to learn from researchers and practitioners who are well known leaders in this field globally.
Prior to joining Ebbwater, Heather worked for a leading research institute and consultancy in the Netherlands as a graduate researcher for her thesis project. For this project she developed a method to quantify the resilience of critical infrastructure to flooding working in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Her interest in resilience approaches is rooted in her desire to find more effective ways to reduce the disruption cities experience from flooding.
She is also active as a volunteer with several organizations including the Water Youth Network where she serves on the Disaster Risk Reduction Committee working to contribute the youth perspective to global and regional platforms as part of the Sendai Framework.
Facilitating Workshop in Toronto on the Resilience of Critical Infrastructure to Flooding
Selected Publications, Presentations and Interviews
- Murdock, H., de Bruijn, K., & Gersonius, B. (2018). Assessment of Critical Infrastructure Resilience to Flooding Using a Response Curve Approach. Sustainability, 10(10), 3470. MDPI AG.
- Murdock, H., & Krishnan, S. (2017). Understanding and improving Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Essential to achieving global agreements. GPDRR Special Edition of the Youth Science-Policy Interface Publication on DRR. Cancun, Mexico.
- Murdock, H. (2017) Economics of Flood Risk: Who should pay?
- Engineering Insights Podcast -Flood Risk Management – Heather Murdock interviewed by host Dima Temnikov – January 10, 2016.
- Alajek, S., Ham, A., Murdock, H., & Verrett, J. (2013). Blurring the line between for- credit curricular and not-for-credit extracurricular Engineering Learning Environments. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association. Montreal, Quebec.
- Murdock, H. (2012). Sea Dyke Rehabilitation and Climate Change. Proceedings of Inquiry @ Queen’s Conference. Kingston, Ontario.