Brief Introduction

Highest qualification and awarding university PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Designation Associate Professor
Employer The University of Melbourne
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Key areas of interest
  • Water Resource Management
  • Integrated Urban Water Management
  • Water quality 
  • Contaminant fate and transport in the subsurface
  • Surface water-Groundwater interactions
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Dr Meenakshi Arora is an Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Dr Arora has extensive experience in both research and university teaching including PhD supervision. Her main research focus is on Water resource management, Integrated catchment modelling, Urban water cycle modelling, Water-Energy nexus, water quality, stream health, land and groundwater remediation and Contaminant transport modelling. 

Dr. Arora is Assistant Dean International (India) at Melbourne School of Engineering. She is also serving as Director of Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) and winner of 2017 Award for Excellence in Internationalisation of Research. Dr Arora has been awarded several fellowships and awards for her work in water industry and has published widely in peer reviewed journals. She has chaired several international conferences and organized various sessions in national and international conferences. She serves as a member of editorial boards as well as reviewers for various journals. 

Research Project

  1. Arora M, Wu W, Scales P and Stickland A, Integrated Urban Water Management for Enhanced Water Security. Funded by Govt of India under Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration- SPARC ($120,000) 2019-2020.
  2. Western A and Arora M, Recharge Process of Springs and Its Management to mitigate anthropogenic and climate change impact for water Security: A case study in part of Kumaun Lesser Himalaya, India. Funded by Govt of India under Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration- SPARC ($140,000) 2019-2020 
  3. Arora M, Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy, International Research and Research Training Fund ($366,000). Funded by UoM Chancellery. 2018-2020.
  4. Disfani M, Narsilio G, Arora M, Aye L, Permeable pavements for stormwater harvesting and groundwater recharge ($ 310,000). Funded by Tyre Stewardship and City of Mitcham. 2018-2020
  5. Horne, Davis, Vertessy, Stewardson, Western, Langford, Arora M, Knowledge needs for the Vic Govt Water Grid Oversight Function ($100,000). Funded by DELWP. 2019
  6. Disfani M, Narsilio G, Arora M, Aye L, Permeable Pavements in Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems using recycled aggregates, Sustainability Victoria and Downer ($160,000). 2019-2020
  7. Identification and analysis of emissions reduction options for Lower Murray Water ($ 90,000). Funded by Lower Murray Water. 2017-2018.
  8. Fletcher T, Arora M and Western A, Urban subsurface flow pathways from stormwater infiltration ($527,000). Funded by ARC DP. 2017-2020. 

Key Publications/Reports

  1. Arora M and Malano Hector, Urban Water cycle Modelling and Management, MDPI Publishing Ltd. 2018.
  2. Feldman DL, Stanley BG, Sengupta A, Stuvick L, Bijoor N, Sahimi M, Arora M, Pettigrove V and Burry K, The Water-Sustainable City Science, Policy and Practice, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2017.
  3. Dettrick D, Costello J, Arora M and Yuen S. The Effect of Particle Size on Mine Waste Sulfide Oxidation Rates and Conceptual Treatment Costs, Mine Water and Environment, 2019, 38 (4), 735.
  4. Low KG, Grant S, Hamilton A, Gan K, Saphores J-D, Arora M, Feldman DL. Fighting drought with innovation: Melbourne’s response to the Millennium Drought in Southeast Australia. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water (WIRE-Water) 2015, Vol. 1, 15-28 (20%, collaborative project with colleagues from University of California, Irvine, IF:3.943, Citations:31).  
  5. Sudeep Nair, H. Malano, B. George, M. Arora and Bandara Nawarathna, Water-energy-GHG nexus of urban water systems: Review of concepts, state-of-art and methods. Resources,” Conservation and Recycling, 89, 1-10, 2014 (20%, supervisor for Nair, IF 5.228, Citations: 132).
  6. Arora M, Natalia, K. Eddy, K. A. Mumford, Y.Baba, J. M. Parera, G. W. Stevens, “Surface modification of natural zeolite by chitosan and its use for nitrate removal in cold regions,” Cold Regions Science and Technology, 62, 92-97, 2010 (80%, postdoc with Geoff Stevens, IF:   Citations: 60).