Dr Veljko Prodanovic

Dr Veljko Prodanovic

Adjunct Lecturer
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Research Associate in School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Water Research Centre (WRC)


Dr Veljko Prodanovic is a Senior Research Associate at UNSW’s Water Research Centre, Australia. Since first joining UNSW in 2018, he has been working on modelling and validating the effectiveness of urban stormwater mitigation options (infrastructure and policies) on pollution levels, through exploratory and integrated model approach. During his PhD, Veljko worked on Integrated multi-functional urban water systems, focusing on the interdisciplinary challenges in delivering green sustainable urban water infrastructures capable of treating various sources of wastewater (most notably greywater and stormwater). His work involved developing and testing new green water treatment technologies such as Green walls for greywater reuse. Veljko is involved in different national and international projects on using vegetated water treatment technology to clean and reuse different sources of wastewater. He is continuously striving to find innovative ways of utilising his diverse set of skills to improve performance of these systems and engage with stakeholders to communicate new knowledge. His other past and present research topics include stormwater quality modelling and sensitivity analysis, design of water infrastructure, agricultural water reuse, and promoting community inclusive sustainable infrastructure.

Veljko is lecturing CVEN9611 Urban Hydrology at UNSW Sydney and has tutored CIV2263 Water System at Monash University. He is actively involved in student mentoring (leading over 30 Honours and Master projects). Veljko is a scientific reviewer for many top journals, e.g., Water Research, Science of Total Environment, Building and Environment, with over 50 reviews since 2018.


  • PhD (2014 - 2018) - Doctor of Philosophy - Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • MSc (2012 - 2013) - Master of Civil Engineering - University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • BSc (2008 - 2012) - Bachelor of Civil Engineering - University of Belgrade, Serbia 

Work Experience

  • Current - Senior Research Associate, Water Research Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2014 - 2017 - Undergraduate Engineering Course Tutor, Monash University, Australia 
  • 2013 - 2014 - Structural design engineer for Water supply and Sewerage, EHTING – Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering & Consulting, Belgrade, Serbia


(+61 2) 9385 4368
Vallentine Annexe (H22) Level 1, Room VA 139
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Ahmadi H; Bozorg-Haddad O; Lucas S; Prodanovic V; Zhang K, 2022, 'Climate Change Drivers', in Springer Water, pp. 59 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-1898-8_3
    Book Chapters | 2022
    Boroomandnia A; Bozorg-Haddad O; Baum S; Ndehedehe C; Zhang K; Prodanovic V, 2022, 'Basic Concepts', in Springer Water, pp. 31 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-1898-8_2
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Pignatta G; Ullah KR; Santamouris M; Prodanovic V, 2024, 'Assessing the Impact of Heat Mitigation Measures on Thermal Performance and Energy Demand at the Community Level: A Pathway Toward Designing Net-zero Energy Communities', Building Simulation, pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12273-024-1140-7
    Journal articles | 2024
    Prodanovic V; Bach PM; Stojkovic M, 2024, 'Urban nature-based solutions planning for biodiversity outcomes: human, ecological, and artificial intelligence perspectives', Urban Ecosystems, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11252-024-01558-6
    Journal articles | 2023
    Abd-ur-Rehman HM; Prodanovic V; Deletic A; Khan SJ; McDonald JA; Zhang K, 2023, 'Removal of hydrophilic, hydrophobic, and charged xenobiotic organic compounds from greywater using green wall media', Water Research, 242, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.120290
    Journal articles | 2023
    Hu Z; Hu S; Hong PY; Zhang X; Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Ye L; Deletic A; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2023, 'Impact of electrochemically generated iron on the performance of an anaerobic wastewater treatment process', Science of the Total Environment, 875, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.162628
    Journal articles | 2023
    Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Zheng M; Hu S; Hong PY; Yuan Z; Deletic A, 2023, 'Nitrification potential of daily-watered biofiltration designs for high ammonium wastewater treatment', Science of the Total Environment, 863, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.160989
    Journal articles | 2023
    Zhang K; Prodanovic V; Zhao H; Zheng M; Hu S; Hong PY; Yuan Z; Deletic A, 2023, 'Exploring denitrification and anammox processes in the saturated zone of passively operated vegetated biofiltration systems', Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 9, pp. 3062 - 3075, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d3ew00347g
    Journal articles | 2022
    Abd-ur-Rehman HM; Deletic A; Zhang K; Prodanovic V, 2022, 'The comparative performance of lightweight green wall media for the removal of xenobiotic organic compounds from domestic greywater', Water Research, 221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.118774
    Journal articles | 2022
    Hu Z; Zheng M; Hu S; Hong PY; Zhang X; Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Pikaar I; Ye L; Deletic A; Yuan Z, 2022, 'Electrochemical iron production to enhance anaerobic membrane treatment of wastewater', Water Research, 225, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.119202
    Journal articles | 2022
    Naserisafavi N; Coyne T; Melo Zurita MDL; Zhang K; Prodanovic V, 2022, 'Community values on governing urban water nature-based solutions in Sydney, Australia', Journal of Environmental Management, 322, pp. 116063, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116063
    Journal articles | 2022
    Prodanovic V; Hatt B; Fowdar H; Al-Ameri M; Deletic A, 2022, 'Zero additional maintenance stormwater biofilters: From laboratory testing to field implementation', Blue-Green Systems, 4, pp. 291 - 309, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/bgs.2022.030
    Journal articles | 2022
    Prodanovic V; Jamali B; Kuller M; Wang Y; Bach PM; Coleman RA; Metzeling L; McCarthy DT; Shi B; Deletic A, 2022, 'Calibration and sensitivity analysis of a novel water flow and pollution model for future city planning: Future Urban Stormwater Simulation (FUSS)', Water Science and Technology, 85, pp. 961 - 969, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2022.046
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hawken S; Sepasgozar SME; Prodanovic V; Jing J; Bakelmun A; Avazpour B; Che S; Zhang K, 2021, 'What makes a successful Sponge City project? Expert perceptions of critical factors in integrated urban water management in the Asia-Pacific', Sustainable Cities and Society, 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.103317
    Journal articles | 2021
    Kuller M; Reid DJ; Prodanovic V, 2021, 'Are we planning blue-green infrastructure opportunistically or strategically? Insights from Sydney, Australia', Blue-Green Systems, 3, pp. 267 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/bgs.2021.023
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ullah KR; Pignatta G; Prodanovic V; Deletic A; Santamouris M, 2021, 'Technological advancements towards the net-zero energy communities: A review of 23 case studies around the globe', Solar Energy, 224, pp. 1107 - 1126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2021.06.056
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zhang J; Prodanovic V; Lintern A; Zhang K, 2021, 'Development of the data-driven models for accessing the impact of design variables on heavy metal removal in constructed wetlands', Blue-Green Systems, 3, pp. 163 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/bgs.2021.024
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zhang K; Barron NJ; Zinger Y; Hatt B; Prodanovic V; Deletic A, 2021, 'Pollutant removal performance of field scale dual-mode biofilters for stormwater, greywater, and groundwater treatment', Ecological Engineering, 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106192
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zhang S; Chen J; Sang W; Li M; Prodanovic V; Zhang K, 2021, 'Metagenomic insights into the explanation of biofilter performance distinction induced by dissolved oxygen increment', Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 153, pp. 329 - 338, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2021.07.035
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zhang S; He X; Prodanovic V; Zhang K, 2021, 'Effect of filling ratio and backwash on performance of a continuous-flow SPD reactor packed with PCL as carbon source', Water Environment Research, 93, pp. 1381 - 1390, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wer.1530
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zinger Y; Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Fletcher TD; Deletic A, 2021, 'The effect of intermittent drying and wetting stormwater cycles on the nutrient removal performances of two vegetated biofiltration designs', Chemosphere, 267, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.129294
    Journal articles | 2020
    Bakheet B; Prodanovic V; Deletic A; McCarthy D, 2020, 'Effective treatment of greywater via green wall biofiltration and electrochemical disinfection', Water research, 185, pp. 116228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2020.116228
    Journal articles | 2020
    Coyne T; Melo Zurita MDL; Reid D; Prodanovic V, 2020, 'Culturally inclusive water urban design: a critical history of hydrosocial infrastructures in Southern Sydney, Australia', Blue-Green Systems, 2, pp. 364 - 382, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/bgs.2020.017
    Journal articles | 2020
    Prodanovic V; Hatt B; McCarthy D; Deletic A, 2020, 'Green wall height and design optimisation for effective greywater pollution treatment and reuse', Journal of Environmental Management, 261, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110173
    Journal articles | 2019
    Prodanovic V; McCarthy D; Hatt B; Deletic A, 2019, 'Designing green walls for greywater treatment: The role of plants and operational factors on nutrient removal', Ecological Engineering, 130, pp. 184 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2019.02.019
    Journal articles | 2019
    Prodanovic V; Wang A; Deletic A, 2019, 'Assessing water retention and correlation to climate conditions of five plant species in greywater treating green walls', Water Research, 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.115092
    Journal articles | 2018
    Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Hatt B; McCarthy D; Deletic A, 2018, 'Optimisation of lightweight green wall media for greywater treatment and reuse', Building and Environment, 131, pp. 99 - 107, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.01.015
    Journal articles | 2017
    Prodanovic V; Hatt B; McCarthy D; Zhang K; Deletic A, 2017, 'Green walls for greywater reuse: Understanding the role of media on pollutant removal', Ecological Engineering, 102, pp. 625 - 635, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.02.045
  • Conference Papers | 2019
    Deletic A; Zhang K; Jamali B; Charette-Castonguay A; Kuller M; Prodanovic V; Bach PM, 2019, 'Modelling to Support the Planning of Sustainable Urban Water Systems', in Mannina G (ed.), New Trends in Urban Drainage Modelling, Springer International Publishing, pp. 10 - 19
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Guo D; Lintern A; Prodanovic V; Kuller M; Bach PM; Deleticb A; Shi B; McCarthy D; Ryua D; Webb JA; Liu S; Western AW, 2019, 'Future water: Comparing and contrasting approaches to predicting water quality', in 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation - Supporting Evidence-Based Decision Making: The Role of Modelling and Simulation, MODSIM 2019, pp. 1112 - 1118
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Prodanovic V; Wang A; Deletic A, 2018, 'Hydrology of Green Walls: Factor Assessment and Water Balance Modelling', presented at 11th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Palermo, Italy, 23 September 2018 - 26 September 2018
    Theses / Dissertations | 2018
    Prodanovic V, 2018, Green walls for greywater reuse, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Prodanovic V; Hatt B; McCarthy D; Deletic A, 2017, 'Green walls for greywater reuse: Reducing the water stress on urban drainage systems', presented at 14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage, Prague, Czech Republic, 10 September 2017 - 15 September 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Prodanovic V; Hatt B; McCarthy D; Deletic A, 2016, 'Pollutant removal process study of two media types used for greywater recycling green walls', presented at 2016 International Low Impact Development Conference, Beijing, China, 26 June 2016 - 29 June 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Prodanovic V; Hatt B; McCarthy D; Deletic A, 2015, 'Development of green walls for water treatment: the role of filter media', presented at 2015 Stormwater Victoria Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 05 May 2015 - 07 May 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Prodanovic V; Randelovic A; Deletic A; Jacimovic N, 2014, 'Dealing with uncertainty in calibration of a stormwater biofilter model', presented at 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Sarawak, Malaysia, 07 September 2014 - 12 September 2014
    Preprints |
    Naseri N; Coyne T; Melo Zurita MDL; Zhang K; Salt B; Prodanovic V, Listening to the Community: Implications of Social Values on Governing Meaningful Blue-Green Infrastructure in the Urban River Ecosystem, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3962054

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project - “Passive biofiltration processes for effective nitrogen removal from polluted waters”, Deletic, A., McCarthy, D., Zhang, K., Prodanovic, V., Cook, P., Goonetilleke, A.

Sydney Water, Water Literacy Community Grants - “Culturally Inclusive Water Urban Design (CIWUD) – Addressing the gap between water infrastructure and water literacy”, Prodanovic, V., Zurita, M.L.M., Saleh, N., Matos, C.F., Salt, B., Huxley, M.

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) - “Greywater treatment and reuse using vegetated walls for sustainable urban greening in Qatar”, Deletic, A., Prodanovic, V., Zhang, K.

Center of Excellence for NEOM Research at King Abdulah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Saudi Arabia - “Developing Cost-Effective Wastewater Treatment Cycle in Urban Areas: From anMBR to green technology and control”, Deletic, A., Prodanovic, V., Zhang, K.

Working relationship with:

  • Georges Riverkeeper, 
  • Stormwater NSW,
  • Inner West Council,
  • Blacktown Council,
  • Melbourne Water,
  • EPA Victoria,
  • Knox City Council.

International collaboration:

  • EAWAG (Switzerland)
  • HBKU (Qatar)
  • KAUST (Saudi Arabia)
  • University of Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Innsbruck University (Austria)

My Research Supervision

Hafiz Muhammad Abd-Ur-Rehman (PhD) - "Removal of XOCs using vegetated green wall systems"
Lihao Yuan (MPhil) - "Novel wastewater treatment biofiltration systems"
Khan Rahmat Ullah (PhD) - "Net zero energy settlement suitable for Australia"
Jiadong Zhang (PhD) - "Real-time control of stormwater biofiltration systems for micropollutant treatment"

My Teaching

CVEN 9611 - Urban Hydrology (Lecturer)