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Prof Raziyeh Farmani

Associate Professor


Telephone: 01392 723630

Extension: (Streatham) 3630

Professor Farmani is based in the Centre for Water Systems at Exeter University. She has led Exeter’s contribution to several projects funded by EPSRC, the British Council and the EU.

Her interests spa­n urban water systems, water resources management and asset management and she has particular expertise in multi-objective optimisation of water networks.

She has been publishing in international refereed journals and conferences in the following areas which constitute her research interests: Bayesian networks, Participatory integrated assessment under uncertainty, Adaptive water resources management, Evolutionary optimisation, water supply and distribution systems, irrigation, optimum design, operation, rehabilitation and management of urban water systems, reliability and water quality, constraint handling and multiobjective optimisation.


Research Projects


Westcountry Women Working With Water (5W), Royal Academy of Engineering (2018-2019)


Application of innovative statistical models to automate process control tools that manage water pipeline infrastructure, KTP (2018-2020), Artesia, Co-investigator


Geores, Marie Curie RISE grant, H2020, EC (2018-2022), co-investigator


Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering, (2017), Prof Maria Cunha


Improved Water and Energy Efficiency for Chilean Mining Industry through Optimum scheduling for integrated water supply-demand side management (2016) A consortium of Centre for Water Systems (UK), Camborne School of Mine (UK) and Universida Catolica Norte (Chile) propose the water and energy efficiency for Chilean mining industry.


TWENTY 65: Tailored Water Solutions for Positive Impact (EPSRC 2015-2020)- A consortium of the Universities of Sheffield, Exeter, Imperial College, Manchester, Newcastle and Reading propose the use of ‘tailored solutions’ to address these challenges by combining measures to suit specific circumstances and constraints to achieve flexible and adaptive water systems. A unique feature of this consortium is the development of the Hub that will provide transformative leadership and accelerate and support innovation through partnerships for the co-production of knowledge across the water sector. Underpinned by world class science and engineering research the Hub will facilitate the development and communication of a shared visionary roadmap for the UK water sector, stimulate and demonstrate new tailored approaches to address the grand challenges, create a process for selecting potentially transformative tailored socio-technical solutions in line with the roadmap and enable the accelerated generation of collaborative, responsible innovation across the UK water sector.

Local Nexus Network: Building sustainable local nexuses of food, energy and water: from smart engineering to shared prosperity (EPSRC 2015-2017) -  It is a collaboration between engineering and social sciences with main focus on localised food manufacturing and decentralised energy and water supply that interact with the food system.   The network is proposed by an academic team with expertise in food systems (Oxford University), energy (University of Surrey), Water (University of Exeter), systems engineering (Oxford University), business (University of Birmingham) and supply chain strategies (Cardiff University), as well as geography for local and regional development (Newcastle University). (EPSRC funded)

Safe & SuRe: Towards a new paradigm for urban water management - (EPSRC 2013-2018) develops and promotes new thinking and new approaches to water management in cities to meet global challenges.

iWIDGET: Improved Water efficiency through ICT technologies for integrated supply-Demand side manaGEmenT - (FP7, 2012-2015) aims at improved water efficiencies through the use of novel ICT technologies for integrated supply-demand side management.

UK/US collaboration - Clean Water for All (EPSRC 2013-2014) - An exchange programme between University of Exeter, University of Arizona, University of Utah and University of Toledo (EPSRC and NSF funded).

UK/China collaboration (Royal Society, 2013-2015)- Optimizing strategies and technologies for nonpoint source pollution control - An exhange programme between University of Exeter and Fudan University. (The Royal Society and International Exchanges NSFC funded)

She has recently led research in two EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environment consortia. Regional Visions of Integrated Sustainable Infrastructure Optimised for Neighbourhoods: ReVISIONs explores the inter-relationships between water, energy, transport and waste infrastructure policies and development plans and Sustainable Regeneration: From evidence based urban futures to implementation (Urban Futures) establishes and assesses the viability and resilience of alternative water infrastructure solutions for different futures in terms of design, operation and implementation.

She Led Exeter's contribution in a European project on New approaches to adaptive water management under uncertainty (NeWater). She collaborated with several organizations under this project on research applied to problems with complex combinations of ecological, economic and socio-political factors that occur in water resources management under climate and global changes. Her research focus was on environmental system dynamics, adaptive management with emphasis on developing methods in participatory integrated assessment (using Evolutionary Bayesian belief networks) for guiding step by step adaptive decision making process under uncertainty. The developed methodologies were applied to water demand management in UK, ground water contamination in Denmark, management of over-abstracted aquifers in Spain and flood plain management in Tisza riverbasin.



PhD Research Supervision

I am happy to take PhD students working on any projects related to my currently active research. Also I would be happy to supervise PhD students intrested in urban water, water resources management, water in devloping countries and water-energy-food nexus. Please feel free to contact me by email (