Professor Susan Krumdieck

BS, MS(Ariz. State), PhD(Colorado)


Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch


Susan earned her PhD from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999 in high temperature materials for energy systems and fuel cells, and joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Canterbury in 2000 to pursue her interests in energy systems and sustainability. Susan received a prestigious RSNZ Marsden Fund Research Grant in 2003. She is a member of the Royal Society and was appointed a member of the RSNZ Energy Panel in 2005. She is also a founding member of NERI, the National Energy Research Institute.

Susan’s energy research focuses on innovations aimed at continuity of human activities and wellbeing within the constraints of environment and resource availability. The work aims to develop sustainability metrics, engineering fundamentals for low-fossil energy systems, and bridging technologies and control systems to manage the transition to sustainable systems.

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New research project: From the Ground Up

What if you took a 250 year perspective on the development of your home city? What if you listened to the desire of tens of thousands of your neighbours for a sustainable city? What if you took an engineering approach, researched and applied state-of-the-art knowledge from around the world, and the analytical tools of the trade? What if you checked every option and idea with the lens of social responsibility, economic viability, and technical feasibility? You might get a very interesting vision of the possibilities.

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Modelling of organic Rankine cycle system and heat exchanger componentsInternational Journal of Sustainable Energy, 33:3, 704-721, 2014
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Transition engineering: Adaptation of complex systems for survivalInternational Journal of Sustainable Development 16:3/4), 310-321, 2013
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Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems (2nd ed.)Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013
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Modelling of organic Rankine cycle system and heat exchanger componentsInternational Journal of Sustainable Energy, 2013, 2-18
Residential peak electricity demand response - Highlights of some behavioural issuesRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2013, 25: 71-77
Geographic energy adaptive potential of farmers' market system as compared with conventional supermarket systemWashington DC, USA: Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting, 13-17 Jan 2013
Design and implementation of a community based sustainable development action research methodSocial Business, 2012, 2(4): 291-337
Global energy modelling - A biophysical approach (GEMBA) part 1: An overview of biophysical economics. part 2: MethodologyEcological Economics, 2012, 73: 152-157; 158-167
Travel adaptive capacity assessment for particular geographic, demographic and activity cohortsNZ Transport Agency research report 486. New Zealand Transport Agency, 2012
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Price, environment and security: Exploring multi-modal motivation in voluntary residential peak demand responseEnergy Policy 39(5): 2993-3004, 2011
Quantifying transport energy resilience: Active Mode AccessibilityTransportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2242: 72-80, 2011
Urban form and long-term fuel supply decline: A method to investigate the peak oil risks to essential activitiesTransportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 44(5): 306-322, 2010
System-Level energy efficiency is the greatest barrier to development of the hydrogen economyEnergy Policy (2009)
Feedback Control Model of Regional Energy SystemsIPENZ engineering TreNz 2007-002 (2007) ISSN 1177-042
Energy Risk to Activity Systems as a Function of Urban FormLand Transport New Zealand Research Report, 311 pp. 1-73 (2007)
Energy reliance, urban form and the associated risk to urban activitiesRoad & Transport Research, Vol 15 No 1 (2006) 29-43