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Prof Slobodan Djordjevic

Professor of Hydraulic Engineering


Telephone: 01392 722079

Extension: (Streatham) 2079

Slobodan Djordjevic is Professor of Hydraulic Engineering, Programme Director for MSc in Water Engineering and a Co-Director of the Centre for Water Systems, which he joined in 2002. At the University of Exeter he served as the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Director of Education for Engineering, member of the University Senate, and most recently as the inaugural Associate Dean (International and Development) in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. He received degrees in Civil Engineering from University of Belgrade, where he worked for fifteen years. Slobodan has held visiting positions at the Technical University of Munich, The University of West Indies in Barbados and the Florida State University in Tallahassee. He taught on over twenty modules on various undergraduate, postgraduate and specialist courses.

Slobodan has worked on the development and application of advanced methodologies and physically-based and machine learning-based tools for water management, simulation of drainage networks, pipe blockages and sewer ventilation, urban flood modelling, assessment of impacts of flooding including direct damage on buildings, effects on human health and impacts on road transportation, resilience to diverse extreme weather events in the context of climate change, tidal energy extraction, water quality modelling, river and coastal engineering, water-food-energy nexus, cascading effects between water, waste, energy, transportation and other infrastructure systems, nature-based solutions, and drought risk management.

While at Exeter he has been awarded research grants worth over £10m for projects around the world, mostly as the principal investigator. He led EU FP7 CORFU consortium and in that capacity organised and chaired the International Conference of Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe (ICFR2013), held in Exeter. Slobodan is Editor-in-Chief of Water Supply and Editor of Journal of Flood Risk Management.

Current research grants (old projects are shown on CWS):

  • RESCCUE – Resilience to cope with climate change in urban areas – a multisectorial approach focusing on water (EU H2020, 2016-2020)
  • RECONECT – Regenerating ecosystems with nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction (EU H2020, 2018-2023)
  • NEXTGEN – Towards a next generation of water systems and services for the circular economy (EU H2020, 2018-2022)
  • FIWARE4WATER – FIWARE for the next generation internet services for the water sector (EU H2020, 2019-2022)
  • aqua3s – Enhancing standardisation strategies to integrate innovative technologies for safety and security in existing water networks (H2020, 2019-2022)
  • ULTIMATE – Industry water-utility symbIosis for a smarter water society (H2020, 2020-2024)
  • ENRICH – Enhancing resIlience to future hydro-meteorological extremes in the Mun river basin in northeast of Thailand (NERC/Newton Fund/TRF, 2018-2021)
  • WISE – Water Informatics: Science & Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training  (EPSRC, 2014-2022)
  • OVERCOME – Digital innovation in climate hazard early warning and related disease prevention for community capacity building and resilience in Africa (UKRI, 2020-2021)
  • ESPRIT – Embedding strategic planning in flood resilient cities in China (RAEng, 2018-2020)

Current PhD students – project title, funding body, co-supervisor:

  • Priscila Alves – Geospatial technologies for integrated water resources management, Brazilian Government, A. Javadi
  • Aisawan Chankarn – Seasonal rainfall forecast for Thailand, Thai Government, M. Collins
  • Ari Cooper-Davis – Model predictive control of urban drainage networks and wastewater treatment plants, EPSRC WISE, D. Butler & O. Mark 
  • Hamdy Ali El-Sayed – Trans-boundary water management of large river systems, Egyptian Government, D. Savic
  • Ben Hamilton – Data analytics for predicting and detecting blockages in pipe networks, STREAM/SWW, Z. Kapelan & R. Danilovic
  • Jessica Penny – Impact of land-use changes on hydrological regime, EPSRC WISE, A. Chen
  • Laura Wignall – Flood forecasting as a tool flood risk management, EPSRC WISE, A. Chen
  • Babak Zolghadr-Asli – Maximising the benefits of desalinated seawater supply networks for agricultural sustainability, QUEX, N. McIntyre & R. Farmani

Fully-funded PhD scholarship opportunity: Machine learning predictive maintenance for sustainable urban drainage (deadline: 24 May 2021)

Applications for PhD study are very welcome. Candidates – including those who have secured funding or intend to apply for scholarships – are encouraged to discuss ideas prior to submitting the application, by emailing an outline research proposal and the CV to Applicants for MSc study at Exeter are most welcome to get in touch if they have any questions or need assistance.

Slobodan playing music with his sons can be seen here. Highlights from Slobodan's Piano Recital on his Inaugural can be viewed here. The complete September 2017 gig with the Jazz Flood band is available here. Jazz Flood performance at the Nišville 2018 Jazz Festival can be seen h e r e . Quarantine music can be accessed here.