Dr Maryam Imani

Associate Professor of Water Systems Engineering

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

Research Supervision:Yes

Dr Maryam Imani is an Associate Professor with extensive research experience in different water and waste water-related projects.


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Maryam is a Charted Civil Engineer and attained her BEng (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering in 2001 and worked as a structure engineer in industry for three years. She left practice to academia to complete her MEng degree in Water Systems Engineering in 2005 and simultaneously worked as a part-time researcher in the water industry.

Maryam achieved her PhD in Water Systems Engineering from University of Exeter in 2012. Her PhD project (funded by Exeter University Research Scholarship (ERS) award), titled Modelling the Performance of an Integrated Urban Wastewater System (IUWS) under Future Conditions (climate change and urbanisation, focused on development of novel risk-based and non-risk-based optimisation models to improve the operational control and design of IUWS under climate change and urbanisation.

In her PhD, Maryam also developed the novel meta-model 'MOGA-ANNβ' by combining Genetic Algorithm and Artificial Neural Network to tackle complexity and time-demanding nature of integrated modelling of urban wastewater system Additionally, Maryam worked as an Associate Lecturer at INTO University of Exeter when she was a PhD student in Exeter University.

Upon her PhD completion, she was appointed as Associate Research Fellow in the EPSRC-funded project Safe&SuRe Water Management at the Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter. Maryam worked with the team to develop a new paradigm for safe, sustainable and resilient water management in response to emerging challenges and global uncertainties. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow in the University of Utah in the US as part of ‘Clean Water for All, UK-US Collaboration’ project, funded jointly by EPSRC & NSF.

Maryam joined ARU in 2015 and is currently an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering (Water Systems Engineering) in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. Maryam currently leads several modules and have been involved in research projects as PI, CO-PI and Co-I since joining ARU.

Research interests

  • Resilience asset management
  • Interdependencies
  • Failure analysis
  • Water quality Flood (risk) management
  • Artificial Neural Network
  • Sustainable Drainage System
  •  Water infrastructure optimisation
  • Application of Machine Learning in water infrastructure analysis

Areas of research supervision

  • Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Resilience
  • Machine Learning and Water Systems Resilience


Civil Engineering - BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering - BSc (Hons)
  • MOD004375: Flood Risk Management
  • MOD002346: Flood Management
  • MOD002281: Hydraulics & Drainage
  • MOD002308: Fluid Mechanics
  • MOD002365: Individual Project
  • MOD004935: IT & Research
  • MOD005495: Research Methods & Dissertation


  • 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
  • MEng, Water Systems Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering


  • Exeter Research Scholarship (ERS) 
  • Charted Civil Engineer (CEng) (non-UK)
  • Frontiers of Engineering (FoE), Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Memberships, editorial boards

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

Selected recent publications

Journal papers
Sweetapple, C., Astaraie-Imani, M., Butler, D., “Reliability, risk and resilience: conceptual formulations, relationships and application”. Journal of Water Research (under review).

Butler, D., Ward, S., Astaraie-Imani, M., Diao, K., Sweetapple, C., Fu, G., Farmani, R., 2017. “Reliable, resilient and sustainable water management: the Safe & SuRe approach”. Journal of Global Challenges, 1(1), 63-77. DOI: 10.1002/gch2.1010.

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. 15 (6) 1343-1352. 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 (11), 1764-1773. DOI:10.2166/wst.2014.268.

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., 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, 4(3), 232-243. DOI:10.2166/wcc.2013.078.

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.

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.

Conference papers
Hajializadeh, D., Astaraie-Imani, M., 2017. “Critical infrastructure Resilience as a function of Network configuration”, Resilience 2017 – Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability, 21-23 August 2017, Stockholm, Sweden.

Astaraie-Imani, M., Hajializadeh, D., 2017. “Comparison of Critical infrastructure Resilience Quantification Techniques”. 12th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability, August 2017, Austria.

Astaraie-Imani, M., 2016. “Low-carbon wastewater infrastructure”, Low-Carbon Development Session, Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Royal Academy of Engineering, 21-23 November, Cambridge (Invited Speaker).

Astaraie-Imani, M., Federica, P., Kapogiannis, G., 2016. “Hospital Resilience-Informed Decision-Making: Uncertainties and Interdependencies”. Integrated Design International Conference (ID@50), University of Bath.

Butler, D., Farmani, R., Fu, G., Ward, S., Diao, K. and Astaraie-Imani, M., 2014. “A new concept in urban water management: Safe and SuRe”, Water Distribution Systems Analysis, Bari, Italy.

Mugume, S.N., Diao, K., Astaraie-Imani, M., Fu, G., Farmani, R. and Butler, D., 2014. “Building resilience in urban water systems for sustainable cities of the future”, IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal.

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.

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, 5th – 7th Sep 2011.

Astaraie-Imani, M., 2011. “Improved Integrated Urban Wastewater system Performance under Future Climate Change and Urbanisation”, Water & Environment Seminars, Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, 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.

Astaraie-Imani, M., 2009. “Probabilistic Floodplain Management with MOGA”, Postgraduate Conference for Computing: Applications and Theory (PCCAT), University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

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