Associate Professor Steven Kenway

UQ Amplify Fellow

Advanced Water Management Centre
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 54170


Steven is a scientist and manager with over twenty four years research, industry, and consulting experience. He has developed this through roles with the Urban Water Security Research Alliance, CSIRO, Brisbane Water (now QUU), Sydney Water and private consulting. His expertise focusses on the urban water cycle, and related energy and greenhouse gas emissions and costs, integrated water and energy planning, systems analysis and urban water security. It also includes environmental, triple bottom line, sustainability and metabolic analysis, management and reporting.

  • More than 105 research articles including 11 books (3 peer-reviewed), 7 peer-reviewed book sections, 31 Journal articles (19 peer-reviewed ) and over 50 peer-reviewed conference articles.
  • Regular funded plenary and invited keynote presenter to peak international forums including: World Water Forum, (World Water Council: France, 2012 and Korea 2015), World Water Congress (International Water Association) Korea 2012, Montreal 2010 and Vienna 2008 (including a keynote presentation to water utility Chief Executive Officers and European Mayors); Water, Energy Climate Conference, (ANEAS and IWA) Mexico, 2014.
  • Invited scientific program member for the Water-Energy Specialty Conference (Mexico 2014); and its three predecessor conferences (Copenhagen 2010, Amsterdam 2011 and Dublin 2012).
  • Invited international Task Group Leader, for Water-Energy-Carbon Frameworks with the International Water Association (2012-).
  • Elected Board Member (and Secretary) for the Specialist Group for Sustainability in Water (IWA, 2012-) and invited Steering Committee Member, Cities of the Future (IWA, 2011-).
  • Board Member, Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory.
  • Invited member of the United States Alliance for Water Efficiency, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy working group for water-energy research.
  • Shortlisted 2014 for The Australian Innovation Challenge 2014, National Award, “Water management for energy-efficient cities” in the Minerals and Energy category.

Research Impacts

Dr Kenway’s research field includes “Urban Metabolism and the Water-Energy Nexus”. He is particularly focussed on developing tools for quantifying water-energy linkages (cause and effect relationships) in households, industry, water utilities and cities.

Dr Kenway shown how small changes to technologies (eg plumbing configurations or new technologies) and asset management (and its influence on water temperature) can achieve far greater energy impacts than within-utility actions. Dr Kenway has demonstrated that 9% of Australia’s primary energy use is influenced by urban water, and that much of the impact is indirect (and largely hidden) from the perspective of water utilities. This is primarily in the end use of water as heat. Dr Kenway has also developed urban metabolism theory to show its powerful use for the management of water including water security and planning.

Dr Kenway has pioneered water-energy work. His publication “Energy use in the provision and consumption of water” in 2008 has over 100 citations in high quality journals, international government reports, scientific books, and international on-line platforms. His work led to funded presentations to over 12 international forum between 2011 and 2015 including keynotes to peak global technical and policy events including the World Water Congress (IWA) and the World Water Forum (World Water Council). It has led to his invitation (by IWA) to lead the water-energy frameworks task force, his membership of the Steering Committee of “Cities of the Future”, and his invited scientific program membership of global Water-Energy conferences. Dr Kenway has H-indices of 5, 4 and 10, in Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar respectively to March 2015. Dr Kenway’s work on water-energy was shortlisted in the 2014 Australian Innovation Awards.

Dr Kenway has contributed to an 8-university consortium the development of the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab). The IELab is now used by >40 scientists nationally. External nations including China, Brazil, Great Britain and Germany are seeking to develop similar infrastructure.

Dr Kenway’s work on water mass balance analysis has been widely used in the development of masters-level training at several universities internationally. His work is a dominant component of several masters programs in Australia and the USA. It was the subject of an invited presentation in the flagship “Future Cities” theme at the Montreal World Water Congress (2012). Dr Kenway played an instrumental role in initiating, directing and forming the Urban Water Security Research Alliance as a member of the CSIRO team. This $50m, 5 year alliance left an outstanding legacy of science:

Dr Kenway has contributed significant work in the field of Triple Bottom Line water management. This includes publishing an international guidebook. Steven delivered an invited presentation to the Vienna 2008 World Water Congress utility Chief Executive Officers. The book has sold well and remains for sale (to 2015) at major international vendors. This work, is being used by many water utilities and water management agencies internationally to improve internal systems and generate quality performance.

Dr Kenway’s work at Brisbane Water led to major changes in environmental and asset management, load-based licencing, risk management, public sustainability reporting (a first for Queensland) and biosolids management and environmental and integrated management system.

Dr Kenway has led substantial natural resources management, catchment studies, environmental impact statements (EISs), management plans (EMPs) and management systems (EMSs), particularly in water and wastewater management, but also mining and pipeline projects.


  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Kenway, Steven J. and Lant, Paul A. (2015). How does energy efficiency affect urban water systems?. In Quentin Grafton, Katherine A. Daniell, Céline Nauges, Jean-Daniel Rinaudo and Noel Wai Wah Chan (Ed.), Understanding and managing urban water in transition (pp. 615-631) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9801-3_28

  • Kenway, Steven (2015). Management of the urban energy-water nexus. In Jamie Pittock, Karen Hussey and Stephen Dovers (Ed.), Climate, energy and water: managing trade-offs, seizing opportunities (pp. 141-154) New York, NY, United States: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139248792.009

  • Kenway, Steven, Pamminger, Francis, Priestely, Anthony, Wolff, Gary, Gradner, Ted, Hermanowicz, Slav and Rosenblum, Eric (2013). Urban metabolism: a way to make Australian cities more efficient?. In Richard Weller and Julian Bolleter (Ed.), Made in Australia: the future Australian cities (pp. 246-249) Perth, WA, Australia: UWA Press.

  • Kenway, Steven. J. and Lant, P. (2012). The influence of water on urban energy use. In Carol Howe and Cynthia Mitchell (Ed.), Water sensitive cities (pp. 63-80) London, United Kingdom: IWA Publishing.

  • Kenway, S. J., Priestley, A., Cook, S., Gregory, A., Lovell, A. and Smith, N. (2009). Energy use in urban water. In Carol Howe, Joel B Smith and Jim Henderson (Ed.), Climate change and water: international perspectives on mitigation and adaptation (pp. 111-122) London, United Kingdom: International Water Association and American Water Works Association..

  • Kenway, Steven and Tjandraatmadja, Grace (2009). Technological innovation in the provision of sustainable urban water services. In Peter Newton, Keith Hampson and Robin Drogemuller (Ed.), Technology, design and process innovation in the built environment (pp. 267-289) Abion, Oxon, United Kingdom: Taylor & Fancis.

  • Kenway, Steven (2008). Urban water use. In Julie Freeman and Wynne Webber (Ed.), State of the Environment Queensland 2007 (pp. 320-326) Brisbane, Austalia: The States of Queensland Environmental Protection Agency.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Abal, E., Kenway, S. and Hall, N. (2016). Ensuring resilient energy-water-food management ahead of the next climate shock: how will we achieve water and food security in an energy efficient manner?. In: International River Symposium, New Delhi, (). 10-15 September 2016.

  • West, Camilla, Hassall, Maureen, Kenway, Steven and Yuan, Zhiguo (2016). Integrative risk assessment and management for recycled water schemes: An Australian study. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - Towards Resilient Cities, IDRC Davos 2016. 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - Towards Resilient Cities, IDRC Davos 2016, Davos, Switzerland, (633-636). August 28 - September 1 2016.

  • Lenzen, M., Wiedmann, T., Gerske, A., Lane, J., Daniells, P., Kenway, S., Murray, J., Malik, A., Reynolds, C., Moran, D., Webb, D., Fry, J., Ugon, J., Poruschi, L., Baynes, T., West, J. and Boland, J. (2013). The challenges and opportunities of constructing input-output frameworks in a virtual laboratory: the new NeCTAR Industrial Ecology Lab. In: MODSIM 2013: 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. 22nd National Conference of the Australian Society for Operations Research - ASOR 2013. DSTO led Defence Operations Research Symposium - DORS 2013. Abstracts. MODSIM 2013: 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (542-542). 1 - 6 December, 2013.

  • Kenway, S., Lant, P., Scheidegger, R., Larsen, T. and Bader, H. (2013). Will greenhouse gas mitigation goals become a major driver for water conservation?. In: Proceedings of the 2013 AWA 5th National Water Education, Efficiency and SkillsConference. EECD 2013: 5th National Water Education, Water Efficiency & Water Skills Conference, Brighton Beach, NSW, Australia, (). 5-7 March, 2013.

  • Kenway, S., Lant, P., Bader, H., Scheidegger, R. and Larsen, T. (2012). Connections between water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions in cities: key emerging messages. In: World Water Congress and Exhibition, Busan, Korea, (). 16-21 September 2012.

  • Kenway, Steven (2011). Urban water mass and energy balance analysis, performance indicators and reporting. In: 6th International Conference on Industrial Ecology (ISIE2011). 6th International Conference on Industrial Ecology (ISIE2011), Berkeley, United States, (). 7-10 June 2011.

  • Mai, Kenway, Steven, Rose and Novotny (2010). Energy in water: the case for a smaller footprint. In: Asian Development Bank and Partners Conference 2010, Water Crisis and Choices, Manilla, Philippines, (). 11-15 October 2010.

  • Kenway, Steven, Priestley and Lant, Paul A. (2010). Quantifying the link between water and energy in cities. In: Water and Energy 2010, Amsterdam Netherlands, (). 2010.

  • Kenway, Steven, Lant, Paul A. and Priestley (2010). Quantifying water-related energy use in cities. In: Urban Water Security Research Alliance Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement: Building Linkages, Collaboration and Science Quality, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 2010.

  • Porro, J., Daw, J., Puigarnau, A., Kenway, S. J., Moddemeyer, S. and Beck, M. B. (2010). The water paradigm shift: challenges and tools for young and experienced water professionals. In: World Water Congress. World Water Congress 2010, Montreal, Canada, (). 19-24 September 2010.

  • Kenway, Steven, Lant, Paul A., Bader, Scheidegger and Larsen (2010). Water-related energy and emissions - key emerging messages. In: Urban Water Security Research Alliance 2011 Science Forum. Urban Water Security Research Alliance Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement: Building Linkages, Collaboration and Science Quality, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 2010.

  • Kenway, Steven, Priestley and Lant, Paul (2009). Energy Use in urban water in Australia - opportunity to move beyond carbon neutrality. In: Water and Energy 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark, (). 29-31 October 2009.

  • Keller, Jurg and Kenway, Steven (2009). Energy use for water recycling in the context of the urban water cycle. In: Scientific Program Committee, 7th IWA World Congress on Water Reclamation and Reuse (REUSE09). Reuse 09, Brisbane, Australia, (). 20-25 Sept 2009.

  • Kenway, S., Priestley, A. J., Cook, S., Inman, M., Hall, M. and Gregory, A. (2009). Energy use in urban water provision and use - opportunities to move beyond carbon neutrality. In: Proceedings from Ozwater '09. OzWater 09, Melbourne, Australia, (). 16-18 March 2009.

  • Kenway, Steven, Lant, Paul and Priestley (2009). Influence of urban water choices on energy use – who’s responsibility is it?. In: Water and Energy 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark, (). 29-31 October 2009.

  • Kenway, Steven (2009). Learnings from two recent water‐energy nexus modelling analysis in Australia. In: Industry Workshop and Short Course: Future Models for Water and Energy Management, Brisbane, Australia, (). 20-22 July 2009.

  • Kenway, Steven, Pamminger, F., Gregory, A., Speers and Priestley (2008). Urban metabolism can help find sustainable water solutions: lessons from four Australian cities. In: IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2008, Vienna, Austria, (). 7-12 September 2008.

  • Kenway, S., Turner, G. M., Cook, S. and Baynes, T. (2008). Water and energy futures for Melbourne. In: Singapore Water Convention, Singapore, (). 2008.

  • Taylor, B., Garnder, T. and Kenway, S. (2007). SEQ Recycled Water Aspects and Soil Impacts. In: AWA 2007 Regional Conference, Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia, (). 9-11 November 2007.

  • Baynes, Tim, Kenway, Steven, Graham, Turner and West, Jim (2007). The interaction between water and energy supply and use. In: The 8th Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Conference: Complex 07 Handbook & Abstracts. Complex 07: The Eighth Asia Pacific Complex Systems Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (36-36). 2-5 July, 2007.

  • Kenway, Steven, Howe, Carol and Maheepala, Shiroma (2007). Triple bottom line reporting: a communication tool on the journey towards sustainable performance for US water utilities. In: AWWA/WEF Joint Management Conference 2007 Proceedings. AWWA/WEF Joint Management Conference 2007, Portland, OR, United States, (). 25-28 February, 2007.

  • Kenway, S. J., Priestley, A. and McMahon, J. M. (2007). Water, wastewater, energy and greenhouse gasses in Australia's major urban systems. In: John Mervyn Anderson, Richard Stuetz and Stuart J. Khan, Water Reuse and Recycling 2007: Proceedings of the 3rd AWA Water Reuse and Recycling Conference. Reuse 2007: 3rd AWA Water Reuse and Recycling Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 16-18 July, 2007.

  • Kenway, Steven (2006). Future cities and water: a systems view. In: Enviro 06 Conference and Exhibition: Proceedings. Enviro '06 Conference and Exhibition: Building Sustainable Cities, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (). 9-11 May 2006.

  • Thomas, Greg and Kenway, Steven (2005). Communicating the sustainable water agenda: Brisbane Water's experience in public sustainabilty reporting. In: S. McFaul, P. Griffiths, N. Cartwright, T. Gardner and C. Adam, Ozwater Watershed 2005: The Turning Point for Water. Proceedings of Ozwater Specialist Conference 2005 and Ozwater Convention and Exhibition 2005. AWA Ozwater 2005 Convention and Exhibition, South Bank, QLD, Australia, (). 8-12 May, 2005.

  • Taylor, B., Kenway, S. J. and Myatt, B. (2004). Assessing the risk of sewage effluent releases. In: 7th International Riversymposium, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 31 August-3 September, 2004.

  • Irvine, R., Kenway, S. J., Syme, B., Chapman, G. and Barry, M. (2003). Implementing the HLN OSRAS in the Lower Hawkesbury. In: Malcolm J. Jones and Robert A. Patterson, On-Site '03: Proceedings of On-Site '03 Conference : Future Directions for On-Site Systems, Best Management Practice. On-Site '03: Future Directions for On-Site Systems, Armidale, NSW, Australia, (). 30 September-2 October, 2003.

  • Kenway, S. J., Taylor, J. and Abal, E. (2003). Nitrogen load management for environmental and community benefit: least cost concepts. In: Urban Rivers: Balancing the Expectations. Riversymposium 2003 Program and Abstracts. 6th International Riversymposium 2003, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 2–5 September, 2003.

  • Chapman, G. A., Edye, J. A., Kenway, S., Miford, H. B., Murphy, C. L., McGaw, A. J. E. and Simons, N. A. (2002). Soil information for on-site effluent management. In: Geospatial Information and Agriculture incorporating Precision Agriculture in Australasia 5th Annual Symposium: Proceedings. 5th Geospatial Information and Agriculture Symposium 2001, Everleigh, NSW, Australia, (701-713). 17-19 July, 2001.

  • Hillier, Helen and Kenway, Steven (2001). On-site sewage risk assessment system. In: AWA 19th Convention: A Water Odyssey. Program, Catalogue, Executive summaries. 2001 Water Odyssey: AWA 19th Federal Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (). 1-5 April, 2001.

  • Wajon, J. E., Abbott, J. S. and Kenway, S. J. (1998). Disposal of municipal wastewater to woodlots in south western Australia. In: Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation Technical Conference and Exhibition. WEFTEC Asia: Water Environment Federation Technical Conference and Exhibition 1998, Singapore, (). 7-11 March, 1998.

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