Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Urban water management
  • Resilient urban water systems
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modelling
  • Hydroinformatics

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Nitin Muttil

Dr Nitin Muttil is a senior lecturer and leader of the Water Resources research group in the College of Engineering & Science at Victoria University (VU), Australia.

Prior to joining VU in 2007, Nitin worked as a research fellow at the National University of Singapore and at the University of Hong Kong. During this time, he worked on various projects including developing a hydrologic model for the Marina Bay in Singapore and a data-driven model to predict algal blooms at Tolo Harbour in Hong Kong. The results of these projects have been published and well cited in highly ranked journals and international conferences.

At VU, Nitin has further developed his research expertise in the areas of urban drainage modelling and flood control, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and impacts of climate change on water resources.

Along with colleagues from the Water Resources research group, Nitin has been extensively involved in collaborative research projects (with various local councils, water utility companies and so on) and supervision of postgraduate students.

Nitin has organised sessions on WSUD and climate change impact studies in conferences (MODSIM 2013 and MODSIM 2015) and his students regularly present their research at reputed conferences.

In recognition of his research efforts, Nitin was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Peak Award and Citation For Excellence In Research & Research Training (Research Team Category).

Qualifications

  • PhD (National University of Singapore)
  • M. Tech. (IIT Delhi)
  • B.E. (JMI Delhi)

Key publications

Year Citation
2020 Muttil, N. (200904). Development of an efficient technical strategy for leak management in CWW s water supply network.

Year Citation
2021 Tariq, M. AUR., Hussein, M., & Muttil, N. (210301). Smart city ranking system: A supporting tool to manage migration trends for Australian cities. Infrastructures, 6(3),

doi: 10.3390/infrastructures6030037

2021 Ng, A. WM., Ly, S., Muttil, N., & Nguyen, C. N. (210301). Issues and challenges confronting the achievement of zero plasticwaste in Victoria, Australia. Recycling, 6(1), (1-24).

doi: 10.3390/recycling6010009

2021 Tariq, M. AUR., Wangchuk, K., & Muttil, N. (210301). A critical review of water resources and their management in Bhutan. Hydrology, 8(1),

doi: 10.3390/hydrology8010031

2021 Tariq, M. AUR., Rajabi, Z., & Muttil, N. (210101). An evaluation of risk-based agricultural land-use adjustments under a flood management strategy in a floodplain. Hydrology, 8(1),

doi: 10.3390/hydrology8010053

2020 Tariq, M. AUR., Wai, C. Y., & Muttil, N. (201201). Vulnerability assessment of ubiquitous cities using the analytic hierarchy process. Future Internet, 12(12), (1-21).

doi: 10.3390/fi12120235

2020 Balany, F., Ng, A. WM., Muttil, N., Muthukumaran, S., & Wong, M. S. (201201). Green infrastructure as an urban heat island mitigation strategya review. Water (Switzerland), 12(12),

doi: 10.3390/w12123577

2020 Ng, A. WM., Ly, S., Muttil, N., & Nguyen, C. (201104). Issues and Challenges Confronting the Achievement of Zero Plastic Waste in Victoria, Australia. ,

doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0190.v1

2020 balany, F., Ng, A. WM., Muttil, N., Muthukumaran, S., & Wong, M. S. (200901). Green Infrastructure as an Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategy - A Review. ,

doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0018.v1

2020 Tariq, M. AUR., Damnics, R. R., Rajabi, Z., Shahid, M. LUR., & Muttil, N. (200901). Identification of Major Inefficient Water Consumption Areas Considering Water Consumption, Efficiencies, and Footprints in Australia. APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL, 10(18),

doi: 10.3390/app10186156

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Next Generation Water Management in the Werribee River Catchment
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Ms Rowena Price, Ms Karen Jackson, Aspr Shobha Muthukumaran, Dr Ashok Sharma, Dr Dimuth Navaratna, Dr Mikel Duke, Dr Daniel Ooi
For period: 2021-2022
$500,000

Leak Management Strategy for CWW - Problem Identification
From: City West Water
For period: 2020-2020
Not disclosed

Research into Energy Recovery in the City West Water Network
From: City West Water
Other investigators: Aspr Cagil Ozansoy
For period: 2018-2018
$54,390

Development of sustainable bio-materials for mitigating climate change.
From: PVC (Research and Research Training), College of Engineering and Science
Other investigators: Dr Paul Joseph, Prof Khalid Moinuddin, Prof Vassili Novozhilov, Prof Stephen Bigger
For period: 2017-2020
$90,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
4 PhD Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (4) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor
2 PhD by Publication Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (2) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor
PhD by Publication (2) Principal supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Apr 2016 - Present
Leader of Water Resources research group
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Apr 2016 -
Present
Leader of Water Resources research group
Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Member, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

Media appearances

01st February 2013

What’s that smell? Water saving’s unintended consequences

The Conversation A recent study from Victoria University indicates water-conservation can have unintended consequences for residents and water managers - a problem that is only set to get worse.

01st November 2013

Water saving may lead to big stink

ABC Science Water conservation can lead to smellier sewers and more corrosion in sewer pipes, according to new research.

01st April 2012

Mapping the flood

VU News Melbourne will suffer more frequent and severe floods as stormwater drains struggle to cope under climate change, according to Victoria University engineers.

13th June 2019

Tapping into a source of clean energy beneath our cities

Dr Nitin Muttil and his team are working with City West Water (CWW) on a project that uses hydro turbines to generate energy from the water pressure in pipes. The turbines use pressure that builds up in gravity-fed water pipes between elevated reservoir sources and thousands of households and businesses that CWW serves in Melbourne’s west.