n her research, Ljiljana focusses on the possibilities that urban water cycle offers for relieving the water-food-energy nexus by recovery and re-use. The concept of the engineered urban water cycle dates back to mid-19th century and has been traditionally divided into three separate domains: drinking water supply (production, transport and distribution), sanitation (wastewater collection, treatment and disposal) and stormwater management. Historically, all three domains have been linearly arranged, prioritizing comfort, public health and physical safety requirements rather than recognizing and allowing for resource recovery from the urban water cycle. To disclose the possibilities of efficient use, recovery and re-use of resources, the urban water cycle needs to be comprehensively reconsidered as an integral system.
Ljiljana Zlatanović was born and raised in Serbia, where she received her first MSc degree in Civil Engineering in 2009 from University of Niš, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Niš, Serbia, with a specialization in Hydraulic and River Engineering. After her graduation, she was awarded a full scholarship and earned her second MSc degree in Municipal Water and Infrastructure in 2011 at UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands. In March 2017 she obtained her PhD from Delft University of Technology with her thesis entitled: “Fire sprinklers and water quality in domestic drinking water systems”. While finalizing her PhD project, she worked as a network analyst at Water Company Vitens, Zwolle, the Netherlands (January 2016 – January 2017). Since January 2017 she works as a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology, Water Management Department and as a research fellow at AMS Institute.