Dr Sudeep Nair
Postdoc Researcher (Alumni)

Sudeep Nair was born in India in 1984 and graduated in Agricultural Engineering from Kerala Agricultural University. He has completed his Masters in the same field from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. Prior to starting his PhD, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the department of Agricultural & Food Engineering, IIT Kharagpur.  In 2016, he completed his PhD thesis from Environmental Hydrology & Water Resources division of Infrastructure Engineering department at The University of Melbourne, Australia. In his PhD research, he investigated the energy use dynamics of various water supply systems when combined and applied optimization technique to select the best supply options in terms of minimal energy use.  For enabling this investigation, he has developed a simulation-optimization model framework using Life Cycle Energy Assessment (LCEA), System Dynamics and Genetic Algorithm (GA) methods. Modelling of water-energy linkage, especially the energy use intensity of urban water supply systems is the core of his research. Sudeep has authored four academic papers and presented his work in international conferences related to water and environmental sustainability. He has teaching experience from the University of Melbourne Australia. Sudeep also has some prior industry experience while working as an irrigation engineer in the UAE. His research interests span across areas such as:

  • Integrated urban water system (IWM) and its implementation
  • Simulation-optimization modelling using System Dynamics (SD) approach
  • Water-energy-carbon nexus in urban water systems
  • Development of decision support systems for water resources management
  • Applications of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach in assessing the environmental  sustainability of water systems

Currently, Sudeep is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the ESIPP project at School of Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway, Ireland. In this role, he will be mainly investigating the ‘Water/Energy Nexus’ and modelling of risks to energy and water sectors associated with climate change and water availability. Other avenues of his research at NUIG include characterising and modelling of energy usage by industrial buildings within water networks and optimisation of water networks and associated energy usage in industrial buildings.

Associated ESIPP Work Packages