School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Majed Khadem

Research Associate


Dr Majed Khadem is a Research Associate for the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. His areas of expertise are water resources management, flood management, climate impact modelling and assessment, decision-making under uncertainty, simulation/optimisation modelling, multi-objective evolutionary algorithms and mathematical programming.

For a list of Majed's publications please refer to his Google Scholar or ResearchGate profile.

Academic background

PhD - Estimating the economic value of inter-annual reservoir storage in water resource systems. University of Manchester (2019)

MSc - Optimal operation of aquifers using splitting methods (2011)

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Majed is currently working on TWENTY65-Theme 8 (Foresight and Integration; This project aims to understand the long term drivers of changes, including their impacts and interactions to present opportunities for the development of tailored solutions to water provision. Majed's previous research activities include:

- Estimating the economic value of inter-annual reservoir storage in water resources systems. In this research, the goal is to build and approach for economic valuating of carry-over storage at reservoirs by linking an evolutionary algorithm to a hydro-economic model.

- Hydra Modeller ( Hydra is an exciting new way of working with water resource models (or other network systems). It removes the barrier of being tied to a single modelling approach or software and provides the freedom and flexibility to work in the ways you want to. This research project was done with collaboration of CH2M Hill and the University of Manchester. Majed's role in this project was to develop some of the models which can be found at Hydra App Store (


  • Khadem M, Rouge C, Harou J. Economic Valuation of inter-annual reservoir storage in water resources systems. In: EGU General Assembly. 2018, Vienna, Austria.
  • Bostan M, Afshar MH, Khadem M, Akhtari AA. A hybrid MILP-LP-LP approach for the optimal design and operation of unconfined groundwater utilization systems. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology-Aqua 2016, 65(3), 208-219. In Preparation.
  • Knox S, Meier P, Harou J, Yoon J, Selby P, Lachaut T, Klassert C, Avisse N, Khadem M, Tilmant A, Gorelick S. Open Software Tools Applied to Jordan's National Multi-Agent Water Management Model. In: EGU General Assembly. 2016, Vienna, Austria: Copernicus GmbH.
  • Khadem M, Afshar MH. A Hybridized GA with LP‐LP Model for the Management of Confined Groundwater. Groundwater 2015, 53(3), 485-492. In Preparation.
  • Knox S, Meier P, Selby P, Mohammed K, Khadem M, Padula S, Harou J, Rosenberg D, Rheinheimer D. An open source simulator for water management. In: EGU General Assembly Conference. 2015, Vienna, Austria.
  • Bostan M, Afshar MH, Khadem M. Extension of the hybrid linear programming method to optimize simultaneously the design and operation of groundwater utilization systems. Engineering Optimization 2015, 47(4), 550-560. In Preparation.
  • Knox S, Selby PD, Meier P, Harou JJ, Yoon J, Lachaut T, Klassert CJA, Avisse N, Mohamed K, Tomlinson J, Khadem M, Tilmant A, Gorelick A. Multi-agent modelling framework for water, energy and other resource networks. In: AGU Fall Meeting 2015. 2015, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Khadem M, Meier P, Rheinheimer DE, Padula S, Matrosov E, Selby PD, Knox S, Harou JJ. How should we build a generic open-source water management simulator?. In: AGU Fall Meeting. 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Khadem M, Afshar MH. AN EFFICIENT HYBRID LP‐LP METHOD FOR THE OPTIMAL UTILIZATION OF CONFINED AQUIFERS. Irrigation and Drainage 2013, 62(1), 120-128. In Preparation.
  • Khadem M, Afshar MH. OPTIMAL OPERATION OF A TWO-DIMENSIONAL AQUIFER BY GENETIC ALGORITHM. In: Sixteenth International Water Technology Conference, IWTC. 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Afshar MH, Khadem M. Aquifer Analyze using Cellular Automata Algorithm. In: 6th National Congress on Civil Engineering. 2011, Semnan, Iran.