Kefeng Zhang

Research Associate
Water Research Centre
Contact details:
+61 02 93855227

Water Research Centre (WRC), Vallentine Annex, Building H22,

Level 1, Room 139, Kensington Campus, UNSW

Senior Research Assoicate in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Water Research Centre (WRC)


Kefeng is working on the development, monitoring and validation of green technologies for stormwater management, e.g. bioretention systems and green walls. Through his PhD, Kefeng has developed the first validation framework for passive stormwater treatment systems for micropollutant removal, which earned him the Postgraduate Publication Award by Monash University and Eric Laurenson Medal by Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Since his post-doctoral research at Monash he has been involved in the development of planning and decision support modelling tools i.e. Water Sensitive Cities Toolkit that incorporates large multidisciplinary collaborations. Kefeng is also involved in stormwater quality monitoring and modelling. Apart from working on a number of research projects, Kefeng has also lectured an third year undergraduate course on drinking water treatment and supply in Southeast University, guest lectured Postgraduate Masters course on Water Sensitive Stormwater Design at Monash University, and International Water Centre Masters of Integrated Water Management on Water Sensitive Cities Toolkit.


  • PhD, 2015, Monash University, Australia

  • MsE, 2011, Southeast University, China

  • BsE, 2008, Southeast University, China

Work Experience

  • now, Senior Research Associate, Water Research Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • 2016-2017, Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University

  • 2015-2017, Research Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University 

Academic leadership

  • 2017 - now, Research Manager, Sino-Australia Centre on Sponge City

    • green technology development for stormwater management in China
    • urban water modelling


  • Sino-Australia Centre on Sponge City
  • Biofiltration Technology for Stormwater Management in Jiangsu
  • A framework for evaluating the success of Sponge City (SC) projects (UNSW -SJTU seed projects)
  • Cross Faculty Lab for Urban Water Resilience and Sponge Cities


  • CVEN9611 Urban Hydrology (Strormwater quality part)