Fateme Zare

Research Associate

Fateme is a Research Associate at Capability Systems Center, University of New South Wales (UNSW Canberra). Her research focus is on computational and participatory approaches for modelling socio-ecological systems, with a particular focus on water resources and the use of integrated modelling.

 Fateme obtained her PhD from Fenner School of Environment and society at Australian National University (2016-2020), where she worked on "Designing and evaluating practices and tools to improve integrated assessment and modelling processes in the water sector". Before starting her PhD, Fateme has 6 years’ experience in international projects of environment and water management.

Research Interests

  • Natural Resource Management and Governance
  • Human–natural systems modelling
  • Decision Support and Policy Making
  • Uncertainty
  • Systems Thinking and System dynamics modelling
  • Participatory processes.



I am keen to work with new collaborators and available to supervisor Honours, Masters and PhD students. PhD scholarships ($35,000 per year) are available for high-achieving students (with H1/High Distinction in UG and/or Masters by Research) under my supervision.

self-assessment tool is available to get a general feel for your competitiveness. You need to meet the English language requirements. If you are eligible and interested in working on the listed research interest or closely related topics or keywords, please send me your CVacademic transcripts, the result of the self-assessment, and a research proposal (less than 3 pages). 

Please feel free to get in contact with me at f.zare@adfa.edu.au


Journal articles
Zare F; Guillaume JHA; ElSawah S; Croke B; Fu B; Iwanaga T; Merritt W; Partington D; Ticehurst J; Jakeman AJ, 2021, 'A formative and self-reflective approach to monitoring and evaluation of interdisciplinary team research: An integrated water resource modelling application in Australia', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126070
Zare F; Guillaume JHA; Jakeman AJ; Torabi O, 2020, 'Reflective communication to improve problem-solving pathways: Key issues illustrated for an integrated environmental modelling case study', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104645
Moallemi EA; Zare F; Reed PM; Elsawah S; Ryan MJ; Bryan BA, 2020, 'Structuring and evaluating decision support processes to enhance the robustness of complex human–natural systems', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.104551
Zare F; Elsawah S; Bagheri A; Nabavi E; Jakeman AJ, 2019, 'Improved integrated water resource modelling by combining DPSIR and system dynamics conceptual modelling techniques', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 246, pp. 27 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.05.033
Badham J; Elsawah S; Guillaume JHA; Hamilton SH; Hunt RJ; Jakeman AJ; Pierce SA; Snow VO; Babbar-Sebens M; Fu B; Gober P; Hill MC; Iwanaga T; Loucks DP; Merritt WS; Peckham SD; Richmond AK; Zare F; Ames D; Bammer G, 2019, 'Effective modeling for Integrated Water Resource Management: A guide to contextual practices by phases and steps and future opportunities', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 116, pp. 40 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.02.013
Hamilton SH; Fu B; Guillaume JHA; Badham J; Elsawah S; Gober P; Hunt RJ; Iwanaga T; Jakeman AJ; Ames DP; Curtis A; Hill MC; Pierce SA; Zare F, 2019, 'A framework for characterising and evaluating the effectiveness of environmental modelling', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 118, pp. 83 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.04.008
Dehghan Z; Ebrahimpour M; Fathian F; Zare F, 2017, 'Trend assessment of sunshine duration, cloudiness, and reference evapotranspiration for exploring global dimming/brightening in Tehran', Modeling Earth Systems and Environment, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40808-017-0278-z
Zare F; Elsawah S; Iwanaga T; Jakeman AJ; Pierce SA, 2017, 'Integrated water assessment and modelling: A bibliometric analysis of trends in the water resource sector', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 552, pp. 765 - 778, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.07.031
Conference Papers
Zare F; Guillaume JHA; Jakeman AJ, 2019, 'Constructing customized modelling guidelines: A Participatory Integrated Assessment and Modelling example', in 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation - Supporting Evidence-Based Decision Making: The Role of Modelling and Simulation, MODSIM 2019, pp. 937 - 943
Iwanaga T; Zare F; Croke B; Fu B; Merritt W; Partington D; Ticehurst J; Jakeman A, 2018, 'Development of an integrated model for the Campaspe catchment: A tool to help improve understanding of the interaction between society, policy, farming decision, ecology, hydrology and climate', in Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/piahs-379-1-2018
Zare F; Bagheri A; Elsawah S, 2017, 'Using system archetypes for problem framing and a qualitative analysis: A case study in Iranian water resource management', in Proceedings - 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, MODSIM 2017, pp. 1433 - 1439
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