Professor Ana Deletic’s expertise and passion is for water technologies. As the Director of the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities with the Department of Civil Engineering, Ana has the opportunity to explore resilience to rapid climate change, with socio-economic and ecological benefits.
Ana became involved in urban water research in the 90s, completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Hydraulics at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She completed her PhD in Civil Engineering at Aberdeen University in Scotland.
Before joining Monash, Ana led the development of MUSIC version 4, an industry recognised tool for design of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) systems. She chairs the International Working Group on Data and Models, which operates under the Joint Committee on Urban Drainage.
Over the past 7 years, Ana has conducted highly successful research on water technologies that employ sustainable, innovative ways for treating urban runoff for stream protection and human consumption.
Joining the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University in 2008, Ana became the Director of the Centre of Water Sensitive Cities. As part of her role, she has leadership responsibilities for approximately fifty scientists and oversees international collaboration in nations such as Britain, Israel, Austria, India, The Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore, France, Serbia, New Zealand and Canada. Ana also liaises with Australian local government bodies across all states and regularly participates in the National Recycled Water Regulators Reform. She also co-leads Australia’s involvement in the EU project ‘PREPARED’ that aims to adapt urban water systems to climate change.
“I am interested in the link between scientific discovery and practical application. It is exciting to see our discoveries and inventions manifesting in water technologies, such as biofilters, that are environmentally responsible, economically viable and easy to maintain. Part of my work involves linking policy with consistently regulated monitoring to ensure that councils meet standards of excellence in harvesting and treating stormwater as we implement emerging technologies. It is also important to educate engineers in the field, so that equipment is applied effectively, empowering communities to manage their own water supply. We believe this is attainable in the de-centralised model of Cities as Water Supply Catchments,” said Ana of her role.
Apart from Director responsibilities, Ana also engages in continuing research. Through the flagship program of Cities as Water Supply Catchments, she is exploring a hybrid of decentralised and centralised water management solutions to ensure resilience to rapid climate change, with socio-economic and ecological benefits. “Urbanisation degrades waterways by stormwater pollution and unsustainable demands on water resources. There are few opportunities in densely urbanised areas for treating or harvesting stormwater. One technology with potential is replacement of impermeable areas with porous pavement. Yet concerns over clogging have limited the application of this technology in Australia. Laboratory and field experiments enable us to better understand clogging to improve design and maintenance of porous pavements. This will benefit Australia’s sustainable water technologies industry, while meeting demands of a growing population,” explained Ana.