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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 in 2002. At the University of Exeter he served as the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Director of Education (Engineering) and most recently as Associate Dean (International and Development) in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. He received degrees in Civil Engineering from the 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 UG, PG and specialist courses.

Slobodan has been awarded research grants worth £9m, mostly as the principal investigator on UK and EU funded projects and often in collaboration with Asian countries. His research focuses on the development and application of advanced tools for urban drainage and floods modelling and analysis and other areas of water infrastructure and environmental management. He led EU FP7 CORFU consortium and in that capacity co-chaired the International Conference of Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe, held in Exeter in 2013. Slobodan is Editor-in-Chief of Water Supply and Editor of Journal of Flood Risk Management and Water Science & Technology

Current research grants (November 2018, 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, 2018-2022)
  • SINATRA – Susceptibility of catchments to intense rainfall and flooding (NERC, 2014-2019)
  • CHANSE – Coupled human and natural systems environment for water management under uncertainty in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (NERC/Newton-Bhabha Fund/IESSO, 2016-2019)
  • 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)
  • RAMB – Risk assessment of masonry bridges under flood conditions: hydrodynamic effects of debris blockage and scour (EPSRC, 2015-2019)
  • ESPRIT – Embedding strategic planning in flood resilient cities in China (RAEng, 2018-2020)

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
  • Ari Cooper-Davis – Subterranean water dynamics, EPSRC WISE, D. Butler 
  • 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
  • Jessica Penny – Impact of land-use changes on hydrological regime, EPSRC WISE, A. Chen
  • Katya Pyatkova – Modelling of impacts of flooding on traffic in cities, EU FP7, D. Butler
  • Laura Wignall – Flood forecasting as a tool flood risk management, EPSRC WISE, A. Chen

Applications for PhD study at Exeter are very welcome. Interested candidates – including those who have secured 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

Highlights from Slobodan's Piano Recital on his Inaugural can be viewed here. Slobodan playing with his sons can be seen 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 .