Dr Kourosh Behzadian

Honorary Research Fellow




Dr Kourosh Behzadian (BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, MCIWEM, C.WEM, FHEA) is expert in Hydrosystems Engineering and Management and Operations Research, a Chartered Civil Engineer by the Engineering Council, a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager by the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, Fellow of Higher Education Academy in the UK and Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of West London, an Editor for the Journal of Cogent Environmental Science, Taylor & Francis Group, the Official Reviewer of the British Council Newton Fund (until March 2019), Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Alumni at Brown University.

He worked as Research Fellow at the Centre for Water Systems in the University of Exeter between 2012 and 2016 and prior to joining Exeter, he was working as assistant professor at Amirkabir University of Technology. He has worked on several research projects in the UK and abroad. The projects that he has been working on in recent years are: TRUST (Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow) funded by the EU and 'Local Nexus Network of Food, Energy and Water' funded by EPSRC in the UK and led by University of Oxford. He has (co)authored over 75 peer-reviewed journal papers, conference papers and technical reports (google scholar). He has also supervised over 25 postgraduate students in various fields of civil engineering (water engineering, hydraulic structures, environmental engineering and construction management).

Dr Behzadian is the main developer of the WaterMet2 software tool which simulates and estimates principal flows/fluxes of water, energy, green gas house emissions, treatment chemicals and other materials in an urban area based on a new metabolism based methodology with the aim to ensure effective and efficient utilisation of natural resources in an urban water infrastructure system. Development of this new methodology and tool has been part of the research work conducted by the University of Exeter in the TRUST research project and led by Prof Zoran Kapelan. WaterMet2 has been demonstrated, tested and verified on a number of case studies during and after the TRUST project. Some of these tested case studies are Oslo in Norway, Reggio Emilia in Italy, Kerman in Iran, two small cities on the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean.


Academic Background

He was admitted to Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) (a highly competitive and top University for BSc in Iran) in 1996 and was awarded a BSc in Civil Engineering in 2000. He pursued his MSc study in Civil Engineering (Water Engineering) at the same University and was awarded an MSc in 2002. The title of his MSc thesis was "Development of Operational Policies from Multipurpose Hydropower Reservoirs Based of Real Cost of Water". He followed his PhD study in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Amirkabir University of Technology in 2003. His PhD subject was about "Development of Optimal Sampling Design Methods for Calibration of Water Distribution System Model by Using Multi-criteria Decision Making" under supervision of Prof Abdollah Ardeshir (Amirkabir University of Technology), Prof Zoran Kapelan and Prof Dragan Savic (University of Exeter). He was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering-Hydraulics and Water Resources Systems Engineering and Management. He also attended PCAP (Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice) course at the University of Exeter in 2013 and was awarded a PCAP degree in 2014.


Research Interests

His research interests cover a wide range of topics in water and environment engineering and construction management. In particular, his research interests include:

  • Hydraulic design/rehabilitation and operation of water distribution systems, sewer and urban drainage networks
  • Assessment of sustainability type and metabolism based performance of hydro-systems
  • Application of state-of-the-art modelling, evolutionary optimisation and simulation techniques (e.g. genetic algorithm, artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic) and data mining for design, operation, planning and management of water resources, wastewater and environmental systems 
  • Application of future uncertainty, risk analysis in water resources, planning and management and infrastructure
  • Urban flood and floodplain control management
  • Landfill site selection for special hazardous waste
  • GIS in water resources management and hydrology engineering


Teaching Interests

Dr Behzadian has taught a number of undergraduate/postgraduate civil engineering modules mainly related to water and environmental engineering in the UK and abroad. They include Hydraulics, Fluid Mechanics, Principles of Dam Engineering, Water and Wastewater Engineering, Engineering Hydrology, Soil Mechanics, System Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Flood Control, Advanced Design of Urban Drainage Systems, Advanced Hydraulics, Water Supply and Distribution Management and Hydroinformatics Tools.