Dr. Caetano Dorea

Dr. Caetano Dorea
Civil Engineering


Office: ECS 304a

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Victoria (2017-present)
  • Associate Professor, Département de génie civil et de génie des eaux, Université Laval (2016-2017)
  • Assistant Professor, Département de génie civil et de génie des eaux, Université Laval (2011-2016)
  • Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Glasgow (2007-2010)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Environmental Health Centre, Health Canada (2006-2007)


  • Water and sanitation for low resource contexts
  • Drinking water quality and treatment
  • Wastewater treatment and resource recovery

My interests and expertise are at the crossroads of environmental and public health engineering. This includes the development and evaluation of water and sanitation/wastewater technologies, field- and operator-appropriate water/wastewater/ faecal sludge quality analytical methods, and functional ecology characterisation of biological treatment systems for safeguarding the health of the public and the environment. My activities are focused both on developing countries and in industrialised countries with projects ranging from the development of methods for the online monitoring and control of disinfection by products in Canadian municipalities (photo-left) to the delivery of safe water and sanitation for humanitarian relief (photo-right).

Dorea research



  • CIVE310 - Environmental Engineering (Spring 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • CIVE444 - Water and sanitation for low resource contexts (Spring 2017, 2018, 2019)


I am always on the lookout for highly motivated and talented grad students and postdoctoral scholars to work with. Applications are welcome from candidates with degrees in Environmental, Civil & Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and related areas. Funding (and training) opportunities are available for MASc/ PhD positions (I am happy to discuss funding applications with postdoctoral scholars). Top-ups are available to students that receive independent research scholarships. Highly qualified students will be invited to submit a formal application to the university.

Current Opportunities

The links below are for project specific recruitment. Discretionary funding is also available to support high-calibre applicants wishing to pursue research in other areas (conventional drinking water and wastewater treatment). The use of such funding depends on the applicant’s level (MASc, PhD or PDF), their interest/potential, and project feasibility. Please get in touch to discuss other opportunities.

  1. MASc on Humanitarian emergency “batch” water treatment 
  2. MASc or PhD on Humanitarian emergency IPS water treatment
  3. MASc, PhD or PDF on Functional ecology of onsite sanitation
  4. MASc or PhD on Characterisation of faecal sludge