Dr Biniam Ashagre

Research Fellow

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Biniam is a Research Fellow with over 10 years of academic and industrial experience in catchment hydrology, urban wastewater systems management, and valuing ecosystem services.



Biniam’s research at Anglia Ruskin University focuses on the development of a resilient-informed framework for creating a resilient urban water system in emerging economy countries.  Biniam had over 10 years’ experience in conducting applied multidisciplinary research projects, and teaching in higher education. He completed his Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree in Water Engineering at the University of Exeter. He has master’s degree in Hydrology and Catchment Management from Cornell University, USA and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Arba Minch University, Ethiopia.

His EngD project focused on automation and control of European urban wastewater systems, and formulation of new regulatory approaches to improve the quality of the water environment in a cost-effective manner while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Biniam worked at Cranfield University as a Research Associate where he developed an integrated catchment based model to value the regulating services from wooden habitats in the Eastern Arc Mountains Tanzania. His research showed that conserving upstream forest areas can save millions for downstream major cities. In this multi-disciplinary project Biniam collaborated with various experts; economists, conservation scientists, urban planners, policy makers and forestry scientists.

Research interests

Biniam specialised in urban wastewater systems management, including sustainable and resilient urban drainage systems, automation and control of wastewater plants, and optimisation of these systems through cost, carbon, and river quality interactions.
His research interests include:

  • Resilient and sustainable urban water and wastewater systems
  • Integrated real-time control of urban wastewater systems
  • Integrated catchment management
  • Valuation of ecosystem services


EngD, MSc, BSc

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • Member of Institute of Civil Engineers (MICE)
  • Member of the British Hydrologic Society (BHS)
  • Member of the International Water Association (IWA)
  • Member of Institute of Water
  • Member of the scientific committee for the 12th IWA Specialised Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Automation, Quebec, Canada, 2017

Selected recent publications

Ashagre, B. B., Platts, P. J., Njana, B., Burgess, N. D., Balmford A., Turner, K., Schaafsma M., 2018. Integrated modelling for economic valuation of forest and woodland ecosystems in the provision of drinking water to a major African city, Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A, pp. 50-61, ISSN 2212-0416.

Ashagre, B. B., Fu, G., Davidson, K., Butler, D., 2015. The impact of data availability on the predictive accuracy of wastewater treatment work models, proceeding of the 9th European Wastewater Management Conference, 2015, Manchester, UK.

Burgess, N.D., Ashagre, B. B., Njana, M., Platts, P., Schaafsma, M., Ahrends, A., Shennan-Farpon, Y., Arnell,  A., Lokina. 2015. Synthesis valuation for the Eastern Arc Mountains. A report for the Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund. UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre Technical Report.

Ashagre, B. B., White, S., Mwakalila, S., Platts, P., Schaafsma, M. and Smith, C., 2014. Water for Everyone. The ARC Journal, Issue no. 29 pp 15-18.

Easton, Z.M., Fuka, D.R., White, E.D., Collick, A.S., Ashagre, B. B., McCartney, M., Awulachew, S.B., Ahmed, A.A. and Steenhuis, T.S., 2010. A multi-basin SWAT model analysis of runoff and sedimentation in the Blue Nile, Ethiopia. Hydrology and earth system sciences, 14(10), pp.1827-1841.

Collick, A.S., Easton, Z.M., Ashagrie, T., Ashagre, B. B., Tilahun, S., Adgo, E., Awulachew, S.B., Zeleke, G. and Steenhuis, T.S., 2009. A simple semi‐distributed water balance model for the Ethiopian highlands. Hydrological Processes, 23(26), pp.3718-3727.

Ashagre, B. B. 2009. Using SWAT to Identify Watershed Management options: Anjeni Watershed, Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia. MPS thesis, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Ithaca, NY, Cornell University.