B.S. Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2010M.S. Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2012Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 2019

"I use interdisciplinary and systems-based approaches to study complex human-nature systems for the benefit of society and policy making."

Majid Shafiee-Jood is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at the University of Virginia. He conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of climate risk management, water management, decision making, and policy. 

Shafiee-Jood has a Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he focused on advancing forecast-informed decision making in water resources and agricultural systems by bridging the gap between theoretical and empirical studies. Before joining UVA in August of 2020, he spent was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign leading an interdisciplinary project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Program Office on improving seasonal drought forecast information in rainfed agricultural systems in the US Midwest. 

Shafiee-Jood also has a master's degree in Water Resources Engineering and a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, both from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.

Research Interests

  • Climate Risk Management
  • Modeling of Coupled Human-Natural Systems
  • Resilience in Complex Systems
  • Water Resources Systems Analysis, Planning, and Management
  • Forecast-informed Decision Making
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Controlled Decision-Making Experiments

Selected Publications

  • Modeling Users’ Trust in Drought Forecasts. Weather, Climate, and Society, 13 ABS M. Shafiee-Jood, T. Deryugina, and X. Cai (2021)
  • Socio-hydrology: A new understanding to unite or a new science to divide. Water, 12 ABS K. Madani and M. Shafiee-Jood (2020)
  • Hierarchical decision modeling framework to meet environmental objectives in biofuel development. J. Water Resources Planning and Management, 144 ABS M. Shafiee-Jood, M. Housh and X. Cai (2018)
  • Understanding and managing FEW nexus: Opportunities for water resources research. Advances in Water Resources, 111 ABS X. Cai, K. Wallington, M. Shafiee-Jood and L. Marston (2018)
  • Reducing food loss and waste to enhance food security and environmental sustainability. Environmental Science & Technology, 50 ABS M. Shafiee-Jood, and X. Cai (2016)
  • Assessing the value of seasonal climate forecast information through an end-to-end forecasting framework: Application to U.S. 2012 drought In Central Illinois. Water Resources Research, 50 ABS M. Shafiee-Jood, X. Cai, L. Chen, X. Liang and P. Kumar (2014)