Priyanka Chakraborty, mentee in the 2018 Energy-Minerals Resources program in VIC (RMIT).

I am Priyanka Chakraborty, a 3rd year PhD student at RMIT. My PhD research topic is: “Water-nutrient-biosolid-energy-GHG emission nexus: Quantitative and lifecycle assessment for major wastewater treatment plant in Melbourne“. My PhD research aims at developing a sustainable wastewater treatment framework that could be utilized by existing urban wastewater treatment plants in Australia to ensure optimum resource recovery with minimum environmental pollution.

I completed my Masters in Environment and sustainable development from the University of Glasgow, UK. I have several years of research experience in diverse areas of environmental science that is demonstrated with a number of scientific publications in renowned international journals. I am also an author of a book chapter titled ‘Overuse of Phosphorus Resources’ published in Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability by Elsevier.

I am specialized in urban solid waste and wastewater management. I have received a number of prestigious and competitive awards i.e. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship in 2011 to pursue my MSc study and Research Training Programme (RTP) scholarship in 2016 to study PhD. My involvement in this programme has allowed me to establish networking and research collaboration with industry experts in the field.