Professor Basant Maheshwari

Professor Basant Maheshwari

Professor,
Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Biography

I have over 30 years professional experience in the higher education sector, with a particular focus on teaching, learning and researching related to surface and groundwater management, irrigation, environmental management, regional water resources planning and sustainability.   In addition to my professional experience of over 25 years in Australia, I have worked in India for several years and spent sabbatical in the USA, Japan and the Philippines.

During the last ten years, my work has involved trans-disciplinary approach to water research and focussed on understanding how water, landscape and people interact and influence the environment and sustainability. My work involved modelling and analysing the water cycle for long-term water resource planning at regional level and examining the implications of social, economic, cultural, policy and institutional aspects of water cycle management. I have been involved in research into peri-urban water issues and balancing urban growth around cities and regional centres so that future urban areas are liveable, sustainable, affordable and resilient. 

Another important area of my research is sustainable groundwater use and management.  The overexploitation of groundwater resource in many parts of the world has led to rapid lowering of watertable and pumping of water (often high in salts and other pollutant) from deeper aquifers.  I currently lead a transdiciplinary research and development project in India, called MARVI: Managing Groundwater Use and Aquifer Recharge through Village-level Intervention.  The project is funded by Australian Centre for Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and is examining how the engagement of village communities and other stakeholders and the understanding of groundwater science can be integrated to improve the availability of water for crop production in the longer-term and increase livelihood opportunities for farmers.  The project has involved socio-economic and cultural understanding of groundwater issues and challenges and monitoring of watertable, rainfall, waterlevels in checkdams as well as field trials to identify water saving practices in selected watersheds in Rajasthan and Gujarat states.  The project has used citizen science approach to engage local villagers collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information to village communities.  PhotoVoice technique and MyWell app (iOS and Android) are also implemented to engage locals in groundwater management and collect data cost effectively.

An important learning out of my research during the last 15 years my work is that engaging with community, government agencies and other stakeholders is critical to address significant, local water and sustainability challenges. 

I have over 210 publications, including more than 80 articles in peer reviewed, international journals.

This information has been contributed by Professor Maheshwari.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Melbourne
  • MEng Asian Institute of Technology
  • BEng University of Udaipur (India)

Professional Memberships

  • American society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (1992)
  • Irrigation Australia Limited (1993)
  • Indain Society of Agricultural Engineers (1985)

Awards

  • Fellow - Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers 2015-02-23
  • 2010 Collaboration and Leadership Award from CRC for Irrigation Futures 2010-06-10
  • 2010 Vice-Chancellor s Excellence Award Highly Commended Individual for University Engagement in water research 2010-12-10
  • 2009 Vice-Chancellor s Award of Excellence - Highly Commended Team for University Engagement through Water and Irrigation Strategy Enhancement through Regional Partnership (WISER) Project 2009-12-11
  • 2005 Outcome Focus Award from CRC for Irrigatin Futures 2005-09-20
  • Second Prize for SWAG (Sustainable Water Use in AGriculture) Multimedia CD-ROM package; Australian Farm Software Competition; Education Programs Category; Royal Agricultural Society of NSW 1998-03-06

Interests

  • Groundwater management
  • Irrigation
  • Sustainability
  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Water Resources Planning and Management
  • Food security
  • Liveability
  • River health
  • Stormwater
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • peri-urban water
  • soil physics
  • stakeholder engagement
  • wastewater reuse

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Committees

  • National Smart Approved Water Mark Panel
  • Hawkesbury City Council Waste Management Advisory Committee

Contact

Email: B.Maheshwari@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4570 1235
Mobile: 0410550911
Location: M15.G.20
Hawkesbury
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300870 Water in the Landscape, 2012

Publications

Books

  • Maheshwari, B., Purohit, R., Malano, H., Singh, V. and Amerasinghe, P. (2012), 'Urbanisation of Peri-urban Regions: Challenges and Opportunities for Security of Water, Food and Liveability of Future Cities', : University of Western Sydney 9781741082418.
  • Singh, R., Nawaratnna, B., Simmons, B., Maheshwari, B. and Malano, H. (2009), 'Understanding the Water Cycle of the South Creek Catchment in Western Sydney', : Co-operative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures 9780980685572.
  • Maheshwari, B. (2006), 'The Efficiency and Audit of residential Irrigation Systems in the Sydney Metropolitan Area', : Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures 1741081327.
  • Atkins, D., Maheshwari, B., Simmons, B. and Mulley, P. (2006), 'Application of Irrigation Sustainability Assessment Framework in Urban Context', : Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures .
  • Shepheard, M., Christen, E., Jayawardane, N., Davidson, P., Mitchell, M. and Maheshwari, B. (2006), 'The Principles and Benefits of Triple Bottom Line Performance Reporting for the Australian Irrigation Sector', : Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures .
  • Shepheard, M., Christen, E., Jayawardane, N., Davidson, P., Mitchell, M. and Maheshwari, B. (2006), 'A Guide to using Triple Bottom Line reporting as a framework to promote the sustainability of rural and urban irrigation in Australia', : Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures .

Chapters in Books

  • Thoradeniya, B. and Maheshwari, B. (2017), 'Engaging stakeholders for water diplomacy : lessons for integrated water resources management', Water Diplomacy in Action: Contingent Approaches to Managing Complex Water Problems, Anthem Press 9781783084906.
  • Maheshwari, B., Ward, J., Varua, M., Purohit, R., Hakimuddin, O., Oza, S., Jadeja, Y. and Packham, R. (2016), 'Harnessing community capacity to coordinate and integrate natural and behavioural science perspectives : a groundwater management case study from rural India', Human Development and Capacity Building: Asia Pacific Trends, Challenges and Prospects for the Future, Routledge 9781138843707.
  • Varua, M., Ward, J. and Maheshwari, B. (2016), 'Understanding farmers' groundwater attitudes for better groundwater management', Sustainable Development. Vol. 1, WIT Press 9781784661656.
  • Maheshwari, B., Singh, V. and Thoradeniya, B. (2016), 'Balanced urban development : is it a myth or reality?', Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities, Springer 9783319281100.
  • Rozzoli, K. and Maheshwari, B. (2016), 'Sustainability of water resources in peri-urban landscapes : learning from the journey of engagement', Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities, Springer 9783319281100.
  • Simmons, B., Mihindukulasooriya, U., Scott, J. and Maheshwari, B. (2016), 'Development of future management options for the Hawkesbury River', Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities, Springer 9783319281100.
  • Singh, V., Maheshwari, B. and Thoradeniya, B. (2016), 'Options and strategies for balanced development for liveable cities : an epilogue', Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities, Springer 9783319281100.
  • Rahman, M., Hagare, D. and Maheshwari, B. (2016), 'Use of recycled water for irrigation of open spaces : benefits and risks', Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities, Springer 9783319281100.
  • Singh, R., Maheshwari, B. and Malano, H. (2014), 'Securing water supply in Western Sydney : an analysis of water use, demand and availability in the South Creek Catchment', The Security of Water, Food, Energy and Liveability of Cities: Challenges and Opportunities for Peri-Urban Futures, Springer 9789401788779.
  • Malano, H., Maheshwari, B., Singh, V., Purohit, R. and Amerasinghe, P. (2014), 'Challenges and opportunities for peri-urban futures', The Security of Water, Food, Energy and Liveability of Cities: Challenges and Opportunities for Peri-Urban Futures, Springer 9789401788779.
  • Maheshwari, B. and Simmons, B. (2014), 'System harmonisation of land and water resources in peri-urban regions : lessons from Western Sydney, Australia', The Security of Water, Food, Energy and Liveability of Cities: Challenges and Opportunities for Peri-Urban Futures, Springer 9789401788779.
  • Singh, V. and Maheshwari, B. (2014), 'Securing water, food, energy and liveability of cities : an epilogue', The Security of Water, Food, Energy and Liveability of Cities: Challenges and Opportunities for Peri-Urban Futures, Springer 9789401788779.
  • Esfandiari-Baiat, M., Barzegar, Z., Yousefi, L. and Maheshwari, B. (2014), 'Urbanisation and its effects on water, food security and energy needs in Iran : a case study of city of Shiraz', The Security of Water, Food, Energy and Liveability of Cities: Challenges and Opportunities for Peri-Urban Futures, Springer 9789401788779.
  • Maheshwari, B. and Grewal, H. (2011), 'Magnetic treatment of irrigation water and effects on crops', Encyclopaedia of Agrophysics, Springer 9789048135844.
  • Maheshwari, B. (2011), 'Best practice irrigation', Securing Australia's Water Future, Focus Publishing 9781921156625.
  • Maheshwari, B., Sakadevan, K. and Bavor, J. (2004), 'Phosphorous and nitrogen availability in agricultural soil irrigated with recycled water.', Waste Management, Science Publications 1578083230.

Journal Articles

  • Varua, M., Ward, J., Maheshwari, B., Oza, S., Purohit, R., Hakimuddin, O. and Chinnasamy, P. (2016), 'Assisting community management of groundwater : irrigator attitudes in two watersheds in Rajasthan and Gujarat, India', Journal of Hydrology, vol 537 , pp 171 - 186.
  • Rahman, M., Hagare, D. and Maheshwari, B. (2016), 'Bayesian Belief Network analysis of soil salinity in a peri-urban agricultural field irrigated with recycled water', Agricultural Water Management, vol 176 , pp 280 - 296.
  • Rahman, M., Hagare, D., Maheshwari, B., Dillon, P. and Kibria, G. (2016), 'Modelling of the impact of future climate changes on salt accumulation in paddocks of different soil types due to recycled water irrigation', Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, vol 16, no 3 , pp 653 - 666.
  • Ward, J., Varua, M., Maheshwari, B., Oza, S., Purohit, R., Hakimuddin, O. and Dave, S. (2016), 'Exploring the relationship between subjective wellbeing and groundwater attitudes and practices of farmers in Rural India', Journal of Hydrology, vol 540 , pp 1 - 16.
  • Kookana, R., Maheshwari, B., Dillon, P., Dave, S., Soni, P., Bohra, H., Varua, M., Grewal, H., Packham, R. and [and eight others], .. (2016), 'Groundwater scarcity impact on inclusiveness and women empowerment : insights from school absenteeism of female students in two watersheds in India', International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol 20, no 11 , pp 1155 - 1171.
  • Maheshwari, B. (2016), 'Understanding the performance of irrigation systems around homes', Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management, vol 24, no 4 , pp 278 - 292.
  • Chinnasamy, P., Misra, G., Shah, T., Maheshwari, B. and Prathapar, S. (2015), 'Evaluating the effectiveness of water infrastructures for increasing groundwater recharge and agricultural production : a case study of Gujarat, India', Agricultural Water Management, vol 158 , pp 179 - 188.
  • Maheshwari, B. and Plunkett, M. (2015), 'Best practice irrigation management and extension in peri-urban landscapes : experiences and insights from the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment, Australia', Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, vol 21, no 3 , pp 267 - 282.
  • Rahman, M., Hagare, D., Maheshwari, B. and Dillon, P. (2015), 'Impacts of prolonged drought on salt accumulation in the root zone due to recycled water irrigation', Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, vol 226, no 4 .
  • Hagare, D., Maheshwari, B., Natarajan, S., Kaur, M. and Daniels, J. (2015), 'Using lakes in urban landscapes for stormwater management : a study of water quality of Wattle Grove Lake in western Sydney and an overiew of recreational and other value benefits to the local community', Water: Journal , vol 42, no 1 , pp 77 - 84.
  • Prathapar, S., Dhar, S., Rao, G. and Maheshwari, B. (2015), 'Performance and impacts of managed aquifer recharge interventions for agricultural water security : a framework for evaluation', Agricultural Water Management, vol 159 , pp 165 - 175.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U. and Maheshwari, B. (2015), 'Sustainable graywater reuse for residential landscape irrigation : a critical review', Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment, .
  • Derry, C. and Maheshwari, B. (2015), 'Wastewater treatment by a modular, domestic-scale reedbed system for safe horticultural irrigation', Science of the Total Environment, vol 537 , pp 243 - 249.
  • Chinnasamy, P., Maheshwari, B. and Prathapar, S. (2015), 'Understanding groundwater storage changes and recharge in Rajasthan, India through remote sensing', Water, vol 7, no 10 , pp 5547 - 5565.
  • Hagare, D., Natarajan, S., Maheshwari, B., Hessam, I., Joyia, U. and Rajanayake, M. (2015), 'Stormwater management through urban lakes', World Water: Stormwater Management, , no Jun/Jul , pp 22 - 26.
  • Pinto, U. and Maheshwari, B. (2015), 'Community perspectives on managing health of peri-urban river system : evidence from the Hawkesbury-Nepean river catchment, Australia', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol 59, no 7 , pp 1257 - 1276.
  • Rahman, M., Hagare, D., Maheshwari, B. and Dillon, P. (2014), 'Continuous real-time monitoring of salt accumulation in the soil due to recycled water irrigation : a laboratory column study of soil samples collected from the Hawkesbury campus of the University of Western Sydney', Water , vol 41, no 1 , pp 63 - 68.
  • Rahman, M., Hagare, D. and Maheshwari, B. (2014), 'Framework to assess sources controlling soil salinity resulting from irrigation using recycled water : an application of Bayesian Belief Network', Journal of Cleaner Production, .
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U. and Maheshwari, B. (2014), 'Sustaining the river health in peri-urban fringes : multiperspective analysis through key informant interviews', Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, vol 19, no 6 , pp 1060 - 1068.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U. and Maheshwari, B. (2014), 'A framework for assessing river health in peri-urban landscapes', Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology, vol 14, no 2 , pp 121 - 131.
  • Singh, R., Maheshwari, B. and Malano, H. (2014), 'Water cycle modelling of peri-urban hydroecological systems : a case study of the South Creek catchment, Australia', Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology, vol 14 , pp 167 - 181.
  • Maheshwari, B., Varua, M., Ward, J., Packham, R., Chinnasamy, P., Dashora, Y., Dave, S., Soni, P., Dillon, P., Purohit, R., Hakimuddin, .., Shah, T., Oza, S., Singh, P., Prathapar, S., Patel, A., Jadeja, Y., Thakar, B., Kookana, R., Grewal, H. and Chew, M. (2014), 'The role of transdisciplinary approach and community participation in village scale groundwater management : insights from Gujarat and Rajasthan, India', Water, vol 6, no 11 , pp 3386 - 3408.
  • Smith, P., Maheshwari, B. and Simmons, B. (2014), 'Urban water reform in Australia : lessons from 2003-2013', Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, vol 14, no 6 , pp 951 - 960.
  • Maheshwari, B. and Simmons, B. (2014), 'Planning for water and land : sustainability of expanding cities', Water, vol 41, no 7 , pp 39 - 40.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U., Maheshwari, B. and Morris, C. (2014), 'Understanding the relationships among phytoplankton, benthic macroinvertebrates, and water quality variables in peri-urban river systems', Water Environment Research, vol 86, no 12 , pp 2279 - 2293.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U., Maheshwari, B. and Ollerton, R. (2013), 'Analysis of long-term water quality for effective river health monitoring in peri-urban landscapes : a case study of the Hawkesbury-Nepean river system in NSW, Australia', Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, vol 185, no 6 , pp 4551 - 4569.
  • Grewal, H. and Maheshwari, B. (2013), 'Treated effluent and saline water irrigation influences soil properties, yield, water productivity and sodium content of snow peas and celery', Journal of Plant Nutrition, vol 36, no 7 , pp 1102 - 1119.
  • Davidson, B., Malano, H., Nawarathna, B. and Maheshwari, B. (2013), 'The hydrological and economic impacts of changing water allocation in political regions within the peri-urban South Creek catchment in Western Sydney I : model development', Journal of Hydrology, vol 499 , pp 339 - 348.
  • Davidson, B., Malano, H., Nawarathna, B. and Maheshwari, B. (2013), 'The hydrological and economic impacts of changing water allocations in political regions within the peri-urban South Creek catchment in Western Sydney II : scenarios', Journal of Hydrology, vol 499 , pp 349 - 359.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U., Maheshwari, B., Shrestha, S. and Morris, C. (2012), 'Understanding the meaning of river health for a community : perspectives from the peri-urban region of the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment, Australia', Water Policy, vol 14, no 5 , pp 766 - 783.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U. and Maheshwari, B. (2012), 'Impacts of water quality on the harvest of school prawn (Metapenaeus macleayi) in a Peri-Urban river system', Journal of Shellfish Research, vol 31, no 3 , pp 847 - 853.
  • Maheshwari, B., Simmons, B. and Singh, V. (2012), 'Role and complexity of integrated water-resources management for periurban landscapes in Australia', Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, vol 17, no 2 , pp 229 - 236.
  • Maheshwari, B. (2012), 'Water conservation around homes : the role of audit in improving irrigation system performance', Irrigation and Drainage, vol 61, no 5 , pp 636 - 644.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U., Maheshwari, B., Shrestha, S. and Morris, C. (2012), 'Modelling eutrophication and microbial risks in peri-urban river systems using discriminant function analysis', Water Research, vol 46, no 19 , pp 6476 - 6488.
  • Grewal, H. and Maheshwari, B. (2011), 'Magnetic treatment of irrigation water and snow pea and chickpea seeds enhances early growth and nutrient contents of seedlings', Bioelectromagnetics, vol 32, no 1 , pp 58 - 65.
  • Grewal, H., Maheshwari, B. and Parks, S. (2011), 'Water and nutrient use efficiency of a low-cost hydroponic greenhouse for a cucumber crop: An Australian case study', Agricultural Water Management, vol 98, no 5 , pp 841 - 846.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U. and Maheshwari, B. (2011), 'River health assessment in peri-urban landscapes: An application of multivariate analysis to identify the key variables', Water Research, vol 45, no 13 , pp 3915 - 3924.
  • Maheshwari, B. (2011), 'Developing a multimedia package for university teaching and learning - lessons learnt', Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, vol 12, no 2 .
  • Pejic, B., Maheshwari, B., Seremesic, S., Stricevic, R., Pacureanu-Joita, M., Rajic, M. and Cupina, B. (2011), 'Water-yield relations of maize (Zea mays L) in temperate climatic conditions', Maydica, vol 56, no 4 , pp 315 - 321.
  • Burgin, S., Williamson, D. and Maheshwari, B. (2010), 'Natural spaces - how do they influence stewardship attitudes and actions of university students?', International Journal of Environmental Studies, vol 67, no 1 , pp 63 - 78.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U., Maheshwari, B. and Grewal, H. (2010), 'Effects of greywater irrigation on plant growth, water use and soil properties', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, vol 54, no 7 , pp 429 - 435.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U. and Maheshwari, B. (2010), 'Reuse of greywater for irrigation around homes in Australia : understanding community views, issues and practices', Urban Water Journal, vol 7, no 2 , pp 141 - 153.
  • Maheshwari, B. and Grewal, H. (2009), 'Magnetic treatment of irrigation water : its effects on vegetable crop yield and water productivity', Agricultural Water Management, vol 96, no 8 , pp 1229 - 1236.
  • Webb, T., Burgin, S. and Maheshwari, B. (2009), 'Action research for sustainable water futures in Western Sydney : reaching beyond traditional stakeholder engagement to understand community stakeholder language and its implications for action', Systemic Practice and Action Research, vol 22, no 1 , pp 1 - 14.
  • Schwecke, M., Simmons, B., Maheshwari, B. and Ramsay, G. (2009), 'Community awareness of the use of altrnative water sources fir irrigation of golf courses: a case study of a selected site within the Sydney metropolitan area', International Journal of Management and Decision Making, vol 10, no 3-4 , pp 247 - 257.
  • Schwecke, M., Simmons, B., Maheshwari, B. and Ramsay, G. (2008), 'Integrating alternative water sources in urbanised environments', WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, vol 112, no 0 , pp 351 - 359.
  • Mulley, P., Simmons, B. and Maheshwari, B. (2007), 'Sustaining Public Open Spaces Through Water Recycling for Irrigation: Developing Decision Support Tools and Framework', International Journal of Water, vol 3, no 4 , pp 397 - 406.
  • Schwecke, M., Simmons, B. and Maheshwari, B. (2007), 'Sustainable Use of Stormwater for Irrigation Case Study: Manly Golf Course', The Environmentalist, vol 27, no 1 , pp 51 - 61.
  • Maheshwari, B. (2006), 'Urban irrigation - looking at water use in our backyard', Water, vol 33, no 5 , pp 51 - 52.
  • Maheshwari, B. (2006), 'Water Resources Engineering Handbook of Essential Methods and Design', Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, vol 132 , pp 195 - 195.
  • Burgin, S., Carson, J. and Maheshwari, B. (2005), 'Local provenance in rehabilitation of degraded Landscapes: a case study from the Hawkesbury - Nepean catchment, Australia', AREA, vol 37, no 3 , pp 324 - 331.
  • Burgin, S., Brainwood, M. and Maheshwari, B. (2004), 'Temporal variations in water quality parameters of farm dams - impacts of landuse types and water sources', Agricultural water management, vol 70 , pp 151 - 175.
  • Moehansyah, H., Maheshwari, B. and Armstrong, J. (2004), 'Field evaluation of selected soil erosion models for catchment management in indonesia.', Journal of Biosystems Engineering, vol 88 , pp 491 - 506.
  • Maheshwari, B., Moehansyah, H. and Armstrong, J. (2003), 'Effects of landuses on runoff and erosion characteristics of the Riam Kanan Catchment, Indonesia', Agricultural Engineering Journal, vol 12 , pp 19 - 51.
  • Smith, A. and Maheshwari, B. (2002), 'Options for alternative irrigation water supplies in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia: A case study of the Shepparton Irrigation Region', Agricultural Water Management, Amsterdam), (1):-, vol 56 , pp 41 - 55.
  • Moehansyah, H., Maheshwari, B. and Armstrong, J. (2002), 'Extent of soil erosion and sedimentation problems in the Riam Kanan Catchment, Indonesia. (, ), 2(1):9-18.', Journal of Soils and Sediments, vol 2 , pp 9 - 18.
  • Esfandiary, M. and Maheshwari, B. (2001), 'Field evaluation of furrow irrigation models', Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, vol 79 , pp 459 - 479.

Conference Papers

  • Thoradeniya, B., Pinto, U., Maheshwari, B. and Wijesekara, S. (2016), 'Improving livelihood vis-a-vis water quality : a baseline study from dry zone in Sri Lanka', International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Rahman, M., Hagare, D., Maheshwari, B. and Dillon, P. (2013), 'Modelling salt accumulation in an oval irrigated with recycled water', MSSANZ Biennial Conference on Modelling and Simulation , Adelaide, S.A..
  • Rahman, M., Hagare, D. and Maheshwari, B. (2012), 'Management of pollutant sources to minimise salinity risk in sporting ovals irrigated with recycled water', Biosolids, Gold Coast, Qld..
  • Singh, R., Simmons, B., Maheshwari, B., Namarathna, B. and Malano, H. (2009), 'Reconcilliation of Future Water Demand and Supply in Western Sydney', Water, Environment and Society (WEES - 2009), New Delhi.
  • Mihindukulasooriya, U., Maheshwari, B. and Shrestha, S. (2009), 'Assessing River Health - A Confluence Of Human Attitudes, Ecology And Hydrology', AWA Specialty Conference 2009: Sustaining the Rivers and Reservoirs, Canberra.
  • Singh, R., Maheshwari, B. and Malano, H. (2009), 'Developing a conceptual model for water accounting in peri-urban catchments', The 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Cairns, Australia.
  • Gartley, M., Nawarathna, B., Davidson, B., Malano, H., Singh, R. and Maheshwari, B. (2009), 'System harmonisation framework for water resources planning in peri-urban catchments', The 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Cairns, Australia.
  • Schwecke, M., Simmons, B., Maheshwari, B. and Ramsay, G. (2008), 'Integrating alternative water sources in urbanised environments', Sustainable Irrigation: Management, Technologies and Policy 11, Alicante Spain.
  • Maheshwari, B., Atkins, D. and Simmons, B. (2007), 'An Irrigation Sustainability Assessment Framework for Reporting Across the Environmental-Economic-Social Spectrum', USCID Fourth International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage, Sacramento, California.
  • Mulley, P., Simmons, B. and Maheshwari, B. (2006), 'Sustaining Public Open Spaces Through Water Recycling for Irrigation: Developing Decision Support Tools and a Framework', The 10th Annual Environmental Postgraduate Conference ERE 2006, Macquarie University.
  • Schwecke, M., Simmons, B., Maheshwari, B. and Ramsay, G. (2006), 'Community Awareness of the Use of Alternative Water Sources for Irrigation of Golf Courses in Urban Landscapes - a Case Study of Selected Sites in the Sydney Metropolitan Area', The 10th Annual Environmental Postgraduate Conference ERE 2006, Macquarie University Sydney.
  • Schwecke, M., Simmons, B. and Maheshwari, B. (2005), 'Sustainable Use of Stromwater for Irrigation', Environmental Change: Making it Happen, Hobart.
  • Devi, B., Maheshwari, B. and Simmons, B. (2005), 'Rainwater harvesting for residential irrigation : how sustainable is it in urban context', XII International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference, New Delhi.
  • Maheshwari, B. and Simmons, B. (2003), 'Impacts of urbanisation on irrigation in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment, Australia', Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Irrigatgion and Drainage Water for a Sustainable World - Limited supplies and expanding demands"", Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Maheshwari, B., Plunkett, M. and Singh, P. (2003), 'Farmers' perception about irrigation scheduling in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment', Proceedings of APEN 2003 Forum Exteding extension: beyond traditional boundaries"", Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Maheshwari, B., Cornish, P. and Simmons, B. (2003), 'Water in Urban and Peri-urban Landscapes - Australian Perspectives', Proceedings of the International Conference on Water and Environment (WE2003), Bhopal, India.
  • Maheshwari, B. and Simmons, B. (2003), 'Issues, challenges and opportunities for water reuse and management in Sydney, Australia', Proceedings of the International Conference, WAPDEC, New Delhi, India.

Research

Total research funding: over $4 millions. Some examples of recent projects are:

  • Improved Village Scale Groundwater Recharge and Management for Agriculture and Livelihood Development in India; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; 2011-2015
  • Changing Land Uses in Environs of Indian Cities - Understanding the Implications for Future Water and Food Security; Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations; 2011-2012
  • Developing Best Practice Water Management Guidelines for Parks and Ovals in Sydney Metropolitan area; Sydney Water Corporation; 2009-2011
  • Monitoring and Assessment of Irrigation Practices and Efficiency on Playing Fields; NSW Environmental Trust and Penrith City Council; NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water; 2008-2011
  • System Harmonisation for Applied Research Planning (SHARP): South Creek Catchment, Sydney; CRC for Irrigation Futures; 2006-2010
  • Smart Irrigation Technologies for Saving Potable Water on Vegetable Farms; NSW Department of Utilities, Energy and Sustainability; 2006-2009
  • Challenging the Irrigation Industry (Urban & Rural) to Measure its Sustainability; CRC for Irrigation Futures; 2004-2006; $310,000
  • Urban Irrigation In Sydney Metropolitan Area; Sydney Water Corporation/HR Products Pty. Ltd./CRC for Irrigation Futures; 2004-2006

This information has been contributed by Professor Maheshwari.

Current Projects

Title: Urbanisation and its Impact on Peri-urban Water and Food Security in Africa: Developing Research Collaboration and Capacity Building
Years: 2017-02-21 - 2018-02-20
ID: P00023790
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari, Dharma Hagare and Maria Estela Varua
Funding:
  • Australia Africa Universities Network
  • University of Western Sydney

Previous Projects

Title: Development of New Stormwater Decontamination Device (SDD) [via ACP Sales Pty Ltd]
Years: 2013-04-19 - 2014-04-18
ID: P00021325
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (nonACRG)
Title: Sustainable Management of Stormwater, Wetlands and Wattle Grove Lake in the Liverpool City Council Area
Years: 2013-05-30 - 2015-07-31
ID: P00021669
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Liverpool City Council
Title: International conference on peri-urban landscapes: water, food and environmental security
Years: 2014-08-07 - 2014-11-07
ID: P00021795
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • The Ian Potter Foundation Limited
Title: PERI-URBAN 2014 - International Conference on Peri-Urban Landscapes: Water, Food and Environmental Security
Years: 2014-07-08 - 2014-10-31
ID: P00022262
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Title: UWS System Harmonisation Research
Years: 2006-07-01 - 2010-06-30
ID: P0015367
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari and Bruce Simmons
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries
Title: Water use and reuse in Sydney Metropolitan area for irrigation purposes
Years: 2004-01-12 - 2004-03-31
ID: P0014316
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Urban Irrigation in Sydney Metropolitan Area: Developing strategies for efficient irrigation
Years: 2004-08-23 - 2005-04-22
ID: P0014430
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Challenging the irrigation industry (urban and rural) to measure its sustainability
Years: 2004-08-01 - 2006-06-30
ID: P0014529
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari and Abby Mellick Lopes
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: CRC Irrigation Futures Summer Scholarship 2004-2005: Irrigated catchment soil changes and trends after 30 years of irrigation
Years: 2004-11-29 - 2005-02-12
ID: P0014545
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Urban and Reuse Zone Leader
Years: 2004-07-01 - 2007-06-30
ID: P0014702
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: CRCIF Associated Costs for Running the UWS Component
Years: 2004-07-01 - 2010-06-30
ID: P0014703
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Senior Research Officer - Urban water/irrigation
Years: 2005-08-01 - 2011-06-30
ID: P0014833
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Regional Irrigation Business Partnership Development
Years: 2006-01-01 - 2006-06-30
ID: P0015063
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari and Bruce Simmons
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Smart Irrigation Technologies for Saving Potable Water on Vegetable Farms
Years: 2006-06-26 - 2009-12-31
ID: P0015092
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari, Bruce Simmons and Harsharn Grewal
Funding:
  • Department of Water and Energy
Title: Irrigation and Water Saving Potential of Magnetic Treated Water in Vegetable Crops
Years: 2007-04-05 - 2007-10-31
ID: P0015597
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari and Bruce Simmons
Funding:
  • Omni Environmental Group Pty Ltd
Title: Managing water quality and environmental flows in the Hawkesbury-Nepean
Years: 1998-10-01 - 2002-06-30
ID: P0010642
Western Researchers: Peter Cornish, Basant Maheshwari and Barbara Baginska
Funding:
  • Horticultural Research & Development Corporation
Title: Nurient source tracing and modelling
Years: 2003-07-01 - 2006-12-31
ID: P0010024
Western Researchers: Peter Cornish and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Sydney Catchment Authority
Title: Raising smallholder productivity in high rainfall uplands of eastern India
Years: 2004-07-10 - 2004-07-18
ID: P0014376
Western Researchers: Peter Cornish and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACRG)
Title: Irrigation Futures - Appointment of CRCIF Knowledge Exchange Manager
Years: 2004-11-29 - 2010-06-30
ID: P0014527
Western Researchers: Jann Conroy and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Development and evaluation of irrigation efficiency options for urban landscapes using 'end use analysis' and 'least cost planning' approach
Years: 2005-01-31 - 2010-06-30
ID: P0014697
Western Researchers: Bruce Simmons, Basant Maheshwari and Satya Paul
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Development and Application of Framework for Sustainability Indicators in Effluent Irrigation Situations
Years: 2005-07-18 - 2008-07-17
ID: P0014701
Western Researchers: Bruce Simmons and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Manly Golf Club Water Research Program
Years: 2006-04-18 - 2008-12-31
ID: P0014816
Western Researchers: Bruce Simmons and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Manly Golf Club
Title: Tools and techniques for improving the precision of irrigation - No funding to UWS
Years: 2004-07-01 - 2006-06-30
ID: P0014831
Western Researchers: Peter Cornish and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Developing a health risk model for safe food crop irrigation using wetland-polished urban wastewater
Years: 2005-12-21 - 2008-01-30
ID: P0014977
Western Researchers: Chris Derry and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Impact of treated effluent in storage dams on biodiversity
Years: 2007-10-01 - 2011-12-30
ID: P0015891
Western Researchers: Shelley Burgin, Basant Maheshwari, Ian Wright and Adrian Renshaw
Funding:
  • UWS Hawkesbury Foundation
Title: Maintaining Environmental and Social Values through Sustainable Irrigation in the Kogarah Council Area
Years: 2006-12-06 - 2009-12-31
ID: P0015371
Western Researchers: Bruce Simmons and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Kogarah Council
Title: A study of wastewater treatment in small urban reedbed systems, to develop guidelines for safe community operation
Years: 2007-03-15 - 2008-12-31
ID: P0015405
Western Researchers: Chris Derry and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living
Title: Urban Irrigation Development
Years: 2003-12-01 - 2004-12-31
ID: P0014318
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: CRC Irrigation Futures Summer Scholarship 2004-2005. Urban Irrigation in the Sydney Metropolitan Area: Developing Strategies for Efficient Irrigation
Years: 2004-11-15 - 2005-02-25
ID: P0014531
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Optimisation of irrigation inputs for greenhouse vegetable production
Years: 2005-07-01 - 2008-06-30
ID: P0014698
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari and Peter Cornish
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Monitoring and Assessment of Irrigation Practices and Efficiency on Playing Fields [via Penrith City Council]
Years: 2008-05-05 - 2012-12-15
ID: P0015709
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari and Bruce Simmons
Funding:
  • NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
Title: Modelling the hydrology of South Creek Catchment and greater Western Sydney
Years: 2006-05-26 - 2013-12-31
ID: P0015157
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari, Bruce Simmons and Shelley Burgin
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Water Quality Monitoring of Wattle Grove Lake
Years: 2016-07-22 - 2017-07-31
ID: P00023077
Western Researchers: Dharma Hagare and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Liverpool City Council
Title: Development of a sustainability reporting tool for irrigation
Years: 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-30
ID: P0015252
Western Researchers: Kelvin Montagu, Debbie Atkins and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Integrated Watershed Management for Sustainable Soil & Water Resources Management of the Inabanga Watershed, Bohol Island, Philippines
Years: 2002-07-01 - 2006-06-30
ID: P0011012
Western Researchers: John Bavor, Sakadevan Sakadevan, Basant Maheshwari and Tony Haigh
Funding:
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACRG)
Title: Developing practical stakeholder engagement and action on irrigation with effluent water in Western Sydney
Years: 2008-01-29 - 2009-04-30
ID: P0015717
Western Researchers: Tony Webb, Shelley Burgin and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Hawkesbury City Council
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Lower Nepean Hawkesbury Water Users Association
Title: Water Quality Assessment - Lake Wollumboola & Crookhaven River (Determining the relationship between land use and waterway quality)
Years: 2008-03-20 - 2009-03-31
ID: P0016022
Western Researchers: Bruce Simmons, Gavin Beveridge and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Realty Realizations Pty Ltd
Title: Developing Best Practice Water Management Guidelines for Parks and Ovals in Sydney Metropolitan Area
Years: 2009-07-01 - 2011-06-30
ID: P00016720
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari and Bruce Simmons
Funding:
  • Sydney Water Corporation
Title: Wattle Grove Lake Groundwater Monitoring LCC
Years: 2016-12-13 - 2017-08-14
ID: P00024288
Western Researchers: Dharma Hagare and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Liverpool City Council
Title: The social and environmental benefits of urban irrigation in open public spaces and the economic value associated with these benefits
Years: 2007-01-15 - 2007-12-01
ID: P0015623
Western Researchers: Abby Mellick Lopes and Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Water Irrigation Strategy Enhancement through Regional Partnership in Western Sydney (WISER)
Years: 2010-03-05 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00018482
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • BHLP City Councils
Title: Seed funding for Kevin Rozzoli to promote WISER outputs and develop a prospectus for a national peri-urban water centre by 1 July 2010
Years: 2009-07-01 - 2010-06-30
ID: P00017968
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures (CRC IF) - Delivering tools for resilient irrigation communities [no funding to UWS]
Years: 2010-01-01 - 2010-12-31
ID: P00017033
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (nonACRG)
Title: Improved village scale groundwater recharge and management for agriculture and livelihood development in India
Years: 2011-09-01 - 2017-06-30
ID: P00020046
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari, Harsharn Grewal, Maria Estela Varua, Bruce Simmons and Roger Packham
Funding:
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (non ACRG)
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACRG)
Title: WISER Support
Years: 2010-08-01 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00019278
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Title: Changing Land Uses in Environs of Indian Cities - Understanding the Implications for Future Water and Food Security
Years: 2011-01-01 - 2013-08-31
ID: P00019558
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari, Bruce Simmons and Harsharn Grewal
Funding:
  • Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations
Title: Developing Comprehensive Strategies for Securing Water for Irrigation in Western India through Managed Aquifer Recharge
Years: 2010-08-30 - 2010-09-09
ID: P00019355
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari
Funding:
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACRG)

Supervision

Professor Maheshwari is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Impacts of Land Use Changes in the Sydney Basin on the Future of Local Farming and Water Resources Management
Field of Research:
Title: The Role of Soil Moisture in the Soil Organic Carbon Cycle
Field of Research:
Title: Risk Based Approach to Determine Treatment Required for Using Recycled Water for Irrigation
Field of Research:
Title: OPTIMISATION OF WATER AND NUTRIENTS BALANCE INPUTS FOR GREENHOUSE AND HYDROPONICS VEGETABLE PRODUCTION
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: Groundwater Monitoring System for Effluent Irrigated Areas - A Case Study of Hawkesbury Water Recycling Scheme
Field of Research: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Thesis: Groundwater Monitoring System for Effluent Irrigated Areas - A Case Study of Hawkesbury Water Recycling Scheme
Title: Alternative Water for Irrigation: The Social and Environmental Acceptance of its use on Urban Playing Fields
Field of Research: OTHER NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Thesis: Alternative Water for Irrigation: The Social and Environmental Acceptance of its use on Urban Playing Fields
Title: Improved Lettuce Establishment by Subsurface Drip Irrigation
Field of Research: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Thesis: Improved Lettuce Establishment by Subsurface Drip Irrigation
Title: Development of Indicators and Framework for Assessing River Health in Peri-Urban Landscapes: A Case Study of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River System
Field of Research: OTHER NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Thesis: Development of Indicators and Framework for Assessing River Health in Peri-Urban Landscapes: A Case Study of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River System

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