PROF Hector Malano

PROF Hector Malano


  • Climate change adaptation of water resource management (Scenario planning & hydro-economic analysis)
  • Urban water cycle modelling and management (Optimisation of multiple supplies and fit-for-purpose water use)
  • Water Resources Management (Water allocation, irrigation, environment)



  • Research Interests
    water resource management
    water allocation
    water management
    conjunction management surface and ground water 

    Hector graduated in Agricultural Engineering in 1973 at the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. In 1981 he was awarded a Masters degree in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering from Utah State University (USA) for research carried out into the behaviour of infiltration under surge flow hydraulics. He was subsequently awarded a PhD in Irrigation Engineering from the same university in 1985 for his research into two-dimensional numerical modelling of interceptor drains. In 2006, he was appointed Head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

    Hector has conducted research on various aspects of water resources at three scales: (i) On-farm modelling of surface irrigation systems, (ii) Modelling of irrigation distribution networks; and (iii) water allocation between competing uses at the catchment level (iv) Management and modelling of the urban water cycle with special emphasis on complex systems.  This research focuses  on the design of evidence based planning policies for achieving fit-for-purpose utilisation of multiple sources and multiple demands of water.  

    Hector has extensive involvement in international professional and research organisations. More recently, he concluded a 3-year term as Vice-President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. He has consulted for several international organisations including the World Bank, AusAID and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

    Hector has authored and co-authored over 150 scientific papers on these topics. He is currently Chief Investigator of several research grants including Allocation Modelling in the Krishna Basin (India), Regional and Economic Benefits Through Smarter Irrigation (Hydraulic Modelling). He is the    


Member of

  • Australian Water Association. Member 2013 -
  • American Society of Civil Engineering. Associate member 1998 -
  • Australian Society for Engineering in Agriculture. Member 1998 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2010: P. Mendis, H. Malano, A. Rajabifard, I. Johnston, C. Duffield, L. Aye, A. Western, R. Crawford, B. Davidson, T. Ngo, H. Doloi, 'MUtopia - A collaborative-interdisciplinary platform for visualisation, simulation and testing innovative ideas of future sustainable urban development', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute (MSSI) and Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), University of Melbourne, $50K   


Education and training

  • PhD, Utah State University 1985
  • MSc, Utah State University 1982
  • BE (Agric), National University of Cordoba 1973

Awards and honors

  • Biennial Medal for outstanding contribution to modelling and simulation and an excellent record of service to the Society, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ), 2011
  • Fullbright Commission, 1979



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research interest include the following areas:

    1) Modelling and management of  catchment and river basins with special interest in couple modelling and analysis of water resource allocation systems and economic evaluation of allocation policies.

    2) Urban water cycle modelling and management including  fit-for-purpose use of multiple sources and multiple water demands and impacts on related water cycle components including  stormwater flows.

    3)  Energy and carbon emission impacts from alternative  urban water management policies