Dr Maryam Imani

Senior Lecturer in Water Systems Engineering (Civil 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 a Senior Lecturer with extensive research experience in different water and waste water-related projects.



Maryam attained her BEng degree in Civil Engineering and worked as a civil engineer in industry for three years. She's a Charted Civil Engineer and has been involved in several construction projects.

After this, Maryam completed her MEng degree in Water Systems Engineering and simultaneously worked as part-time research water systems engineer in research and industry. She attained 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 an IUWS under future climate change and urbanisation aiming to maintain the quality of water in recipients. She also developed the meta-model 'MOGA-ANNβ' in order to cope with the complexity and time-demanding nature of the IUWS simulation model.

Upon PhD graduation, Maryam was appointed as associate research fellow in Safe&SuRe Water Management Project at the Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter aiming 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 at the University of Utah in the US as part of Clean Water for All, UK-US Collaboration – funded jointly by EPSRC & NSF. Additionally, she has worked as an associate lecturer at INTO University of Exeter.

In 2015, Maryam was appointed as Lecturer in Water Systems Engineering in the Department of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at Anglia Ruskin University. She was awarded a Frontiers of Engineering grant by the Royal Academy of Engineering to lead the project 'R_GIS', focusing on the promotion of water quality resilience in Sao Carlos, Brazil.

Research interests

  • Resilience-based/Risk-based/Reliability-based asset management
  • Integrated modelling 
  • Smartness 
  • Deterministic and stochastic optimisation (design and operation)
  • Interdependencies
  • Failure analysis
  • Water quality Flood (risk) management
  • Artificial Neural Network
  • Sustainable Drainage System


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.