DR Meenakshi Arora

DR Meenakshi Arora


  • Remediation of Land and GroundWater (Groundwater, contaminant transport, remediation)
  • Stream health (Surface Hydrology)
  • Urban Water Management (Water-Energy nexus, Demand forecasting)



  • Dr Meenakshi Arora is a Senior Lecturer and E Learning coordinator in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. She teaches Water and Waste Water Management, Groundwater Hydrology and supervises Masters and PhD students. Dr Arora has extensive experience in water resource management research and teaching. She completed her PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in August 2006 on Fluoride and Arsenic removal from underground water. Since then, she has worked as a researcher/lecturer for the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India and TERI University, New Delhi India. Her main research interests are Urban Water Cycle modelling, Water quality, Contaminant transport modelling and stream health. Dr Arora has close collaboration with Victorian water authorities such as Melbourne Water, Yarra Valley Water, City West Water and industries including BP, Veolia Environment and PANalytica. She has made significant contributions in understanding the integrated urban water cycle modelling, water-energy nexus and interactions between various centralised and decentralised water supply systems and their impacts on the existing infrastructure. She has contributed to development of a cost effective defluoridation plant to provide safe drinking water to the communities in rural India and currently serves on NHMRC's 'Fluoride Reference Group' panel to advise on the fluoridation of drinking water in Australia. She has worked in extreme environments of Antarctica to study the contaminant transport behaviour at sub zero temperatures and played an instrumental role in development of modelling tool to interpret capture of soluble hydrocarbons in freezing grounds. Dr Arora was awarded the 2013 Victoria Fellowship through VESKI and funded by the State Government of Victoria for a study mission to three prestigious Universities of USA. The main aim of this study mission was to develop a triple-bottom-line framework for integrating dec   


Member of

  • NHMRC Fluoride Reference Group. To develop guidelines on water fluoridation 2014 -
  • Sustainable Engineering Society. Member 2013 -
  • Australian Antarctic Division Planning Committee. Member 2009 -
  • International Congress of Science and Technology. Member 2007 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2013: M. Arora, ‘Constructing and testing a multi-dimensional framework to assess and plan urban growth’ Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Seed Funding Scheme, $16,000

    2013: Victoria Fellowship (Physical sciences) VESKI funded by the State Government of Victoria, $ 18,000

    2012: M. Arora, 'Towards Integrated Management of Urban Water-Energy-GHG Emissions', Early Career Researcher Grant, University of Melbourne, $18,431

    2008-2010:  'Assessment of the performance of in situ oxygen and nutrient amendment for remediation of fuel contaminated sites in the sub Antarctic', funded by AAS, USD 80K

    2007-2010: 'Assessment of the performance of permeable reactive barriers for remediation of fuel and metal contaminated sites in the Antarctic', Austaralian Research Council (ARC), 40K

    2003-2005: To develop a low-cost deflouridation plant for rural arars of Rajasthan, India, funded by Department of Science and Technology, India, 25K   


Education and training

  • PhD, Indian Institute of Technology 2006
  • MTech, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar - Haryana (India) 2000
  • MSc., Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar - Haryana (India) 1998

Awards and honors

  • MERIT Visiting Fellowship, 2015, 2015
  • Chaired a conference on 'Practical Responses to Climate Change.', 2014
  • Member of NHMRC Fluoride Reference Group, 2014
  • Victoria Fellowship (Physical Sciences) 2013, Victoria Fellowship 2013 VESKI, 2013
  • Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Seed Funding Scheme 2013 - $16,000, MSSI (The University of Melbourne), 2013
  • AAD fellowship to work in Antarctica, 2010
  • AAD Fellowship to visit and work in Antarctica, 2008
  • International travel grant by DST, India, 2007
  • ICEWaRM, Adelaide, SA, International Visiting Fellow Award, 2007
  • Young scientist award by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, India, 2003
  • High value Ph.D. Scholarship by IIT. Delhi, India, 2001
  • DAAD Fellowship to visit and work in Germany, 2001



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Y