Catherine is a sociologist at the LRF Institute for Public Understanding of Risk, National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on public and expert risk perceptions in the policy domains of (nuclear) energy and climate change.
Her recent book, Energy, Risk and Governance , published by Palgrave and Macmillan in 2019 unpacked the clash of risk perceptions between the public and policy-industry experts in the case of nuclear energy in India, and addressed the delicate balance policy makers have to strike between energy security and sustainable development. Catherine has also published numerous articles on public and expert risk perceptions, and their influence on risk governance in energy and climate change policies in European and Asian case studies.
Catherine received her PhD in Environmental Sociology from the Australian National University (ANU) and a Masters in Global Studies from the University of Freiburg, Germany. She also received the prestigious Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Directorate Fellowship in 2019 to develop her work on green finance. Prior to her research career, Catherine worked as a business planning analyst at Hewlett Packard in Ireland, and was a journalist for The Business Times and The Straits Times in Singapore.