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Dr Mawada Abdellatif

Dr Mawada Abdellatif


Dr M Abdellatif obtained her BSc (Hon.) in Civil Engineering from the University of Khartoum (Sudan) in 1999 and MSc in Water Resources in 2005 from the same university. In between the two degrees she was granted a scholarship from the IHE to study Postgraduate Diploma in Hydraulic Engineering for River Basin in Egypt. She continued her academic journey and obtained her PhD degree in Environmental Modelling from Liverpool John Moores University in 2013.

Besides pursuing her academic training in Sudan, Dr M Abdellatif also worked as a teaching assistant/lecturer, delivering Civil Engineering modules to undergraduate students in Sudan. She engaged with the UNESO Chair in Water Resources (Sudan) as a contract researcher and involved in numerous projects related to water and river management. Following completion of her PhD she join LJMU as postdoctoral researcher at the Low Carbon Hub to provide services and research work to SMEs in Merseyside to help them implementing low carbon technologies and sustainable solutions for their engineering problems.

Currently she worked on another phase of Low Carbon Eco-innovatory project for another four years. In addition to her work with the Hub, she actively engages with undergraduate and postgraduate research supervision.

She has published widely in the area of climate change and hydrology, reaching over 25 peer-reviewed journals and conference papers.




2013, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD, Civil Engineering (Hydrological Modelling and Climate Change)
2005, University of Khartoum, Sudan, M.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering
2000, HRI/IHE, Egypt, PG Diploma in Hydraulic Engineering for River Basin
1999, University of Khartoum, Sudan, B.Sc. (Hon) in Civil Engineering

Academic appointments

Research Assistant at Low Carbon Innovatory project, School of Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
Research Assistant at Low Carbon Innovation Hub, School of Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - 2015
Research Assistant and PhD Student, Liverpool John Moores University, 2010 - 2013
Lecturer, Al-Zaem Al-Azhari University, 2002 - 2010
Research Assistant, UNESCO Chair in Water Resources, 1999 - 2001
Internship, Engineering Administration, University of Khartoum,, 1999 - 2000

Postgraduate training

Workshop in CARE-RISK, Capacity building to Reduce disaster RISK in the UK and Malaysia, Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2015 - 2015


Conference publication

Zubaidi S, Al Khaddar R, Abdellatif M, Ortega-Martorell S. 2018. Municipal water demand prediction: a case study in Iraq Seminar on preserving Iraq’s post-war architectural heritage

Zubaidi S, Al Khaddar R, Kot P, Al Bugharbee H, Abdellatif M. 2018. Short-Term Water Demand Prediction in Residential Complexes: Case Study in Columbia City, USA 11th International Conference on the Developments in eSystems Engineering, (DESE), 02 - 05 September, Cambridge, UK

Osman Y, Abdellatif M. 2017. Climate Change Induced Drought as Trigger for Mass Migration: Darfur Case Study

Al-Ansari NA, Abdellatif M, Al-Khateeb M, Knutsson S. 2014. Desertification and Future Rainfall Trends north Iraq 8th Edition of the International Scientific Congress of GIS and Geospace Applications Geotunis, 2-6 April, Tunis/Hammamet

Abdellatif M, Al-Shamma'a A, Tunnington S, Alkhaddar R, Atherton W. 2014. Assessment of Water Harvesting System for a Smart Building Considering Climate Change ICECS- 15-16 September, Paris

Osman Y, Abdellatif M, Abdellatif MEM. 2013. El Nino Cycles and variability of the Blue Nile annual flow in the Sudan. IMPACTS WORLD 2013, 27-30 May, Potsdam, Germany

Abdellatif M, Atherto W, Alkhaddar R, Yassin O. 2013. Linking Climate Change Modelling to Water Sector: Urban Drainage System Case Study IMPACTS WORLD 2013, 27-30 May, Potsdam, Germany

Abdellatif M, Atherton W, Alkhaddar R. 2012. Modelling Peaks over Threshold Rainfall in North West England under the Effects of Climate Change 11th World Environmental and Water Resources Congres (EWRI),20-24 May, Palm Springs, USA :3431-3442

Journal article

Zubaidi S, Sadik K G, Dooley J, Alkhaddar R, Abdellatif M. 2018. Short-Term Urban Water Demand Prediction Considering Weather Factors Water Resources Management, 14 :4527-4542 >DOI

Zubaidi S, Dooley J, Alkhaddar R, Abdellatif M, Al-Bugharbee H, Ortega-Martorell S. 2018. A Novel Approach for Predicting Monthly Water Demand by Combining Singular Spectrum Analysis with Neural Networks Journal of Hydrology, 561 :136-145 >DOI

Osman Y, Al-Ansari N, Abdellatif M. 2017. Climate Change Model as a Decision Support Tool for Water Resources Management in Northern Iraq Journal of Water and Climate Change, >DOI

Brady L, Abdellatif M. 2017. Assessment of Energy Consumption in Existing Buildings Energy and Buildings, 149 :142-150 >DOI

Osman Y, Abdellatif M, Al-Ansari N, Knutsson S, Jawad S. 2017. CLIMATE CHANGE AND FUTURE PRECIPITATION IN AN ARID ENVIRONMENT OF THE MIDDLE EAST: CASE STUDY OF IRAQ Journal of Environmental Hydrology, 25 :1-18

Osman Y, Abdellatif M. 2016. Improving accuracy of downscaling rainfall by combining predictions of different statistical downscale models Water Science, >DOI

Brady LJ, Abdellatif M, Cullen J, Maddocks J, Al - Shamma'a A. 2016. An investigation into the effect of decorative covers on the heat output from LPHW Radiators Maddocks J. Energy and Buildings, 133 :414-422 >DOI >Link

Abdellatif M, Atherton W, Alkhaddar R, Osman Y. 2015. Flood risk assessment for urban water system in a changing climate using artificial neural network NATURAL HAZARDS, 79 :1059-1077 >DOI >Link

Abdellatif M, Al-Shamma'a A. 2015. Review of sustainability in buildings SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY, 14 :171-177 >DOI >Link

Abdellatif M, Osman Y, Elkhidir A. 2015. Comparison of Artificial Neural Networks and Autoregressive Model to Forecast Inflows to Roseires Reservoir for better Prediction of Irrigation Water Supply in the Sudan International Journal of River Basin Management, 13 :203-214

Abdellatif M, Atherton W, Alkhaddar RM, Osman YZ. 2015. Quantitative assessment of sewer overflow performance with climate change in northwest England HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES JOURNAL-JOURNAL DES SCIENCES HYDROLOGIQUES, 60 :636-650 >DOI >Link

Osman Y, Al-Ansari N, Abdellatif M, Aljawad SB, Knutsson S. 2014. Expected Future Precipitation in Central Iraq Using LARS-WG Stochastic Weather Generator Engineering, 06 :948-959 >DOI

Al-Ansari N, Abdellatif M, Zakaria S, Mustafa YT, Knutsson S. 2014. Future Prospects for Macro Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) Technique in North East Iraq Journal of Water Resource and Protection, 06 :403-420 >DOI

AL-Ansari NA, Abdellatif M, Ezeelden AM, Knutsson SS. 2014. Long Term Effect of Climate Change on Rainfall in Northwest Iraq Cent. Eur. J. Eng., 4 :250-263

Abdellatif M, Atherton W, Alkhaddar R. 2014. Assessing combined sewer overflows with long lead time for better surface water management ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY, 35 :568-580 >DOI >Link

Abdellatif M, Atherton W, Alkhaddar R. 2013. Application of the stochastic model for temporal rainfall disaggregation for hydrological studies in north western England JOURNAL OF HYDROINFORMATICS, 15 :555-567 >DOI >Link

Abdellatif M, Atherton W, Al Khaddar R. Application of the UKCP09 WG outputs to assess performance of combined sewers system in a Changing Climate Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, >DOI

Abdellatif M, Al-Shamma'a A, Tunnington S, Al Khaddar R, Atherton W. Assessment of Water Harvesting System for a Smart Building Considering Climate Change International Journal of Modelling and optimization, 5 :59-64

AL-Ansari NA, Abdellatif M, Ezeelden M, Ali SS, Knutsson S. Climate Change and Future Long Term Trends of Rainfall at North-eastern Part of Iraq Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 8 :790-805

Abdellatif M, Atherton W, Al-Khaddar R. Climate change impacts on the Extreme Rainfall for selected sites in North Western England 2 :49-58 >DOI

Abdellatif M, Atherton W, Al Khaddar RM. A hybrid generalised linear and Levenberg-Marquardt artificial neural network approach for downscaling future rainfall in north Western England >DOI


Abdellatif MEM, Atherton W, Alkhaddar R. 2013. Future Challenges in Urban Drainage Systems under Global Warming Causes, Impacts and Solutions to Global Warming Springer 9781461475873

Engagement & Impact


Rise Awards (Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise) 2018 in Field and Laboratory Research (Highly Commended), Leeds Beckett University

Grant from British Council-Newton Fund to attend UK-Malaysia Research Link Workshop, British Council

Full scholarship to attend the Impact World 2013 conference, Potsdam Institute

IHE scholarship to study PgD course, HRI/IHE, Egypt

Best paper award at 7th Annual Bean conferen, LJMU, Liverpool, UK.

Best paper award at GCGW conference, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Membership of professional bodies:

Member of CIWEM, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM)

Member of IET, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Teaching qualification:

PGCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education , Liverpool John Moores University, UK.