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Prof Slobodan Djordjevic

Professor of Hydraulic Engineering


Telephone: 01392 722079

Extension: (Streatham) 2079

Slobodan Djordjevic joined the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter in 2002 and was promoted to Professor of Hydraulic Engineering in 2012. He obtained degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Belgrade. His work focuses on development and application of advanced tools for urban drainage and floods modelling, analysis and impact assessment and other areas of water and infrastructure management. Over the past decade Slobodan has been awarded research grants worth £7.5m, majority of those as the principal investigator. He led EU FP7 CORFU research consortium and in that capacity organised and co-chaired the International Conference of Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe, held in Exeter (ICFR2013). 

Current research grants (April 2017, old projects are shown on CWS):

  • PEARL – Preparing for extreme and rare events in coastal regions  (EU FP7, 2014-2017)
  • EU-CIRCLE – A pan-European framework for strengthening critical infrastructure resilience (EU H2020, 2015-2018)  
  • RESCCUE – Resilience to cope with climate change in urban areas (EU H2020, 2016-2020)
  • Flood impact assessment in mega cities under urban sprawl and climate change (GII, 2015-2017)
  • SINATRA – Susceptibility of catchments to intense rainfall and flooding (NERC, 2014-2017)
  • CHANSE – Coupled human and natural systems environment for water management under uncertainty in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (NERC/ESSO/Newton-Bhabha Fund, 2016-2019)
  • WISE – Water Informatics: Science & Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training  (EPSRC, 2014-2022)
  • Experimental and numerical investigation of pluvial flood flows and pollutant transport (EPSRC, 2014-2017)
  • RAMB – Risk assessment of masonry bridges under flood conditions (EPSRC, 2015-2018)

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

  • Steve Adkins – Modelling of odours in sewer systems, EPSRC DTA, D. Savic
  • Priscila Alves – Geospatial technologies for integrated water resources management, Brazilian Government, A. Javadi
  • Aisawan Chankarn – Seasonal rainfall forecast for Thailand, Thai Government, M. Collins
  • Hamdy Ali El-Sayed – Trans-boundary water management of large river systems, Egyptian Government, D. Savic
  • Alison Prior – Investigation of cascading effects and feedbacks between hazards in cities, EU H2020, D. Butler
  • Katya Pyatkova – Modelling of impacts of flooding on traffic in cities, EU FP7, D. Butler
  • Matthew Reilla – CFD modelling of debris impact on masonry bridges, EPSRC RAMB, G. Tabor
  • Laura Wignall – Flood forecasting as a tool flood risk management, EPSRC WISE, Z. Kapelan

Applications for PhD study at Exeter are very welcome. Interested candidates – including those who have their own funding or intend to apply for national scholarships – are encouraged to discuss research ideas prior to submitting their application, ideally by emailing an outline research proposal and the CV to

Professor Djordjevic is Associate Dean (International and Development) in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and member of the College Executive Group and University's Senior Management Group. To contact him on ADID matters please email or contact Alix Stern on 724137   

Highlights from Slobodan's Piano Recital on his Inaugural can be viewed on Inspiring Science Lectures. Slobodan playing with his sons can be seen here and the complete recording of his recent gig with the Jazz Flood Band can be seen here.