Dr Maryam Imani


Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

Dr Maryam Imani is a lecturer with extensive research experience in different water and waste water-related projects.

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Dr Maryam Imani is a Charted Civil Engineer and attained her BSc degree in Civil Engineering and worked as engineer in industry. She completed her MSc degree in Water Resources Engineering and worked as part-time researcher and Water Engineer in industry.

Dr Imani attained her PhD in Water Systems Engineering from University of Exeter and her PhD project (funded by Exeter Research Scholarship (ERS) award) focused on “Modelling the Performance of an Integrated Urban Wastewater System (IUWS) under Future Conditions (climate change and urbanisation”.

Upon Maryam’s PhD graduation, she was appointed as Associate Research Fellow in Safe&SuRe (Safe and Sustainable and Resilient) Project in the Centre for Water Systems (CWS) at the University of Exeter, aiming to develop a new paradigm for Safe&SuRe water management in response to emerging challenges and global uncertainties. Also, Maryam was selected as visiting research fellow at the University of Utah in the US as part of the EPSRC & NSF UK-US research collaboration grant. Additionally, she have worked as Associate Lecturer at INTO University of Exeter.

In 2015, Maryam was appointed as Lecturer in Water Systems Engineering in our Department of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE), Faculty of Science and Technology at Anglia Ruskin University.

Research interests

  • Sustainability and Resilience of water & wastewater infrastructure systems
  • Integrated modelling of water & wastewater infrastructure systems
  • Smart water & wastewater infrastructure systems
  • Optimal design and operation of water & wastewater systems
  • Infrastructure interdependencies (modelling & analysis)
  • Risk-based modelling/assessment/management 
  • Water quality assessment & management 
  • Climate change and urbanisation impact analysis/mitigation/adaptation
  • Flood modelling/control/risk management
  • Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS)
  • Cross-Disciplinary research studies and collaborations 
  • Water and Wastewater Infrastructure systems (integrated) Modelling
  • Optimisation Operational Control & Design 
  • Evaluation and Analysis
  • Interdependencies
  • Adaptation & Resilience
  • Artificial Intelligence (Artificial Neural Network)
  • Water Quality Assessment & Management
  • Flood Risk Assessment & Management


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  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Flood Defence
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Hydraulics & Drainage and Hydraulics Laboratory


  • PG Cert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PhD, Water Systems Engineering, University of Exeter
  • LTHE, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Exeter
  • MSc, Water Resources Engineering
  • BSc, Civil Engineering


  • EPSRC, Clean Water for All: Safe & SuRe, ARF
  • Exeter University Research Scholarship (ERS) Award

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of IWA
  • Member of CIWEM
  • FHEA, Fellow of Higher Education academy
  • CEng, Charted Civil Engineer (UK Equivalent)

Selected recent publications

Imani, M., Pascale, F., Kapogiannis, G., Jones, K., 2016. “Hospital resilience-informed decision making: uncertainties and interdependencies”, Integrated Design Conference (ID@50), University of Bath, Bath, UK.

Sweetapple, C., Astaraie-Imani, M., Butler, D., “Reliability, risk and resilience: conceptual formulations, relationships and application”, Journal of Reliability Engineering & System Safety. (under review).

Butler, D., Ward, S., Sweetapple, C., Astataie-Imani, M., Diao, K., Farmani, R., Fu, G. “Reliable, resilient, and sustainable water management: the Safe and SuRe approach”. Global Challenges. (in press).

Mugume, S., Diao, K., Astaraie-Imani, M., Fu, G., Farmani, R., Butler, D., 2015. “Enhancing Resilience in Urban Water Systems for Future Cities”. Water Science & Technology. Water Supply. doi:10.2166/ws.2015.098.

Butler D, Farmani R, Fu G, Ward S, Diao K, Astaraie-Imani M., 2014. “A new approach to urban water management: Safe and sure”, Procedia Engineering, 89(C), 347-354, DOI:10.1016/j.proeng.2014.11.198.

Diao, K., Farmani, R., Fu, G., Astaraie-Imani, M., Ward, S., Butler, D., 2014. “Clustering analysis of water distribution systems: identifying critical components and community impacts”, Journal of Water Science and Technology, 70, 1764-1773.

Tavakkol-Davani, H., Duncan, A., Astaraie-Imani, M., Farmani, R., Burian, S., Butler, D., 2014. “Accelerating urban green infrastructures design by high throughput computing”, World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, Portland, Oregon, US.

Astaraie-Imani, M., 2014. “Safe&SuRe: towards a new paradigm for urban water management”, WISE CDT Launch Poster -Research Presentation, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

UK-US Collaboration Workshop, 2014. “UK-US Collaboration - Clear Water for All”, Exeter, UK.

Astaraie-Imani, M., Kapelan, Z, Butler, D., 2013. “Improving the performance of an integrated urban wastewater system under future climate change and urbanisation scenarios”, Journal of Water and Climate Change, 04.3, 232-243.

Astaraie-Imani, M., Kapelan, Z, Fu, G., Butler, D., 2012. “Assessing the combined effects of urbanisation and climate change on the river water quality in an integrated urban wastewater system”, Journal of Environmental Management, 112, 1-9.

Astaraie-Imani, M., Kapelan, Z., Butler, D., 2012. “Risk-based Water Quality Management in an Integrated Urban Wastewater System under Climate Change and Urbanisation”, 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs), Leipzig, Germany.

Astaraie-Imani M., Kapelan Z., Fu G., Butler D., 2011 “MOGA-ANN based optimisation of integrated urban wastewater system control strategies”, 11th Conference on Computing and Control for the Water Industry, Exeter, UK.

Imani, M.A., Fattahpoor-Azad, F., 2010. “Optimal floodplain management with a probabilistic approach”, Young Water Professionals Conference 2010 (IWA), University of Cranfield, Cranfield, UK.

Karamouz, M., Imani, M., Ahmadi, A., Moridi, A., 2009. "Optimal Flood Management Options with Probabilistic Optimization: A Case Study", Iranian Journal of Water Science& Technology, 33(B1), 109-121.

Imani, M., Ardeshir, A., Behzadian, K., 2007. “Multi-objective Genetic Algorithm for Floodplain Management” Environmental Hydraulic Conference, Arizona, USA.