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Associate Professor Shirley Gato-Trinidad

Associate Professor/Associate Dean Education


Associate Professor Shirley Gato-Trinidad is currently the Associate Dean, Education in the School of Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. Shirley's research interests are in water resources engineering and management; and urban water demand modeling. Prior to joining Swinburne University of Technology, Shirley have been employed by Melbourne Water, AWT (Australian Water Technology), the then Department of Natural Resources and Environment and HydroTechnology (formerly Rural Water Commission of Victoria). Shirley has more than 10 years working in the water industry, in different government and engineering consulting organisations in Australia, Thailand and the Philippines. 

Research interests

Sustainable Urban Water Systems; Water Resource Engineering; Water Demand Analysis and Modelling; Constructed Wetlands Sampling, Analysis and Modelling

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Characterising Urban Demand through Panel Data Analysis:

Establishing relationship between peaking factors and maximum demand

Impact of Urban Densification on Water Resources management:

Integration of household rainwater tanks in urban water management: The current focus on rainwater tanks are on savings, reliability & effective sizing. However, some of these studies are conducted hypothetically or based on limited available data. While previous researches show that water savings can be achieved, the effects on peaking factors for water supply system design & on peak flow rates & overland flows for flood mitigation have not been much studied

Operational optimization of Multiple source water supply systems using improved genetic alogrithm models: The progressive integration of alternative sources to existing water supply systems has generated the requirement to develop operational optimization models for multi-source water supply systems; examine & improve optimization methods; evaluate the potential applicability of novel optimization methods & further develop existing models to be able to handle large scale systems & uncertainties.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Water Resources Engineering - 400513
  • Surface Water Hydrology - 370704
  • Wastewater Treatment Processes - 400410

Teaching areas

Sustainable Urban Water Systems;Water Resource Engineering


  • 2019, Swinburne, FSET Travel Award, Swinburne

Professional memberships

  • 2019 (current): Editor, Journal of Desalination and Water Purification, Select Country/Region
  • 2019 (current): Committee Member, AQPC (Academic Policy and Quality Committee)-Swinburne University of technology, Australia
  • 2019 (current): Committee Member, ICWREE2019 International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Singapore
  • 2019 (current): Board Member, 23rd World Conference on Applied Science, Engineering and technology, Australia
  • 2014 (current): Committee Member, FAC (Faculty Advisory Comittee)-Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • 2020 - 2021: Board Member, Environmental College - Engineers Australia, Australia
  • 2008 (current): Member, Engineers Australia, Australia
  • 2008 (current): Reviewer, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Select Country/Region
  • 1999 (current): Member, Australian Water Association, Australia
  • 2003 (current): Reviewer, Water Resources Research, Select Country/Region
  • 2009 (current): Reviewer, Water and Science Technology, Select Country/Region
  • 2009 (current): Reviewer, OZWater09, Australia
  • 2010 (current): Reviewer, OZWater10, Australia
  • 2010 (current): Reviewer, 7th Biennial World Water Congress, Canada
  • 2009 (current): Reviewer, WSUD09 Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference, Australia


Also published as: Gato-Trinidad, Shirley; Gato-Trinidad, S.; Gato, Shirley; Trinidad, S. G.; Trinidad, Shirley; Trinidad, Shirley G.; Trinidad, Shirley Gato
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Australian Rainwater Tank Design for Households/Schools in the Philippines *; DFAT Australia-ASEAN

* Chief Investigator

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