Dr. Seith Mugume

seith.mugume@mak.ac.ug ; smugume@gmail.com
+256 771 358 124/+256 752 258 089
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Office Number 207

Dr. Seith Mugume


Areas of Research Interest: Water systems engineering, Hydrology and Hydraulic modelling, Climate change adaptation, Infrastructure resilience evaluation


Dr. Mugume is a Lecturer of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at Makerere University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he is a leading academic, researcher and consultant in Water systems and Hydraulic engineering. He has over 16 years’ experience in planning, modelling, detailed design, and construction supervision of large-scale engineering projects, including urban water, urban drainage and flood management systems, dams, highway drainage and bridges. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Exeter, (United Kingdom), an MSc in Environmental Engineering and MBA in Technology Management from Hamburg University of Technology, (Germany) and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1st Class) from Makerere University, Kampala. His research interests include hydrological and hydraulic modelling, flood risk assessment and water infrastructure resilience. Seith has authored/co-authored over 20 peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings in leading international journals and conference proceedings and is a reviewer for various international peer reviewed journals. 


  • BSc Civil Eng (Mak); MSc Eng; (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany); MBA (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany); PhD Eng (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)

Other key skills training (Certification)

  • IAHR Africa Online Summer School by the International Association for Hydro-Environment and Research; 2nd – 12th October 2022.
  • Dam Break Analysis, Flood Inundation Mapping and Emergency Preparedness Planning by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)/NELSAP Dam Safety Training, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; 21st – 24th August 2022.
  • Dams and Hydropower Engineering Knowledge Transfer Training Programme by SMEC International Australia, Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Australia; 17th – 21st Aug 2016.
  • 84th Annual Meeting of the International Commission of Large Dams (ICOLD), International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa; 15th – 20th May 2016.
  • Assessment of climate change mitigation potentials in Uganda’s transport sector, German Development Agency (GIZ), Advancing Transport Climate Systems (TraCs) Project; 27th – 28th April 2022.
  • FIDIC Module 1 Training – The Practical Use of the 1999 FIDIC Conditions of Contracts for the Construction & Design-Build, 4th – 5th July 2016.
  • FIDIC Module 2 Training – Management of Claims and Resolution of Disputes, 5th – 6th July 2016.
  • Green Energy and Carbon Markets by UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Technical University of Denmark; 25th Jul – 12th Aug 2011.
  • 24/7 Water Supply and Distribution Management by Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore; 19th – 25th Sep 2007.

Courses Taught

  • Fluid Mechanics (CIV 1201)
  • Hydraulics (CIV 2104)
  • Civil Engineering Project (CIV 4100 and CIV4200)
  • Civil Engineering Management (CIV 4101)
  • Civil Engineering Law (CIV 4201)
  • Hydraulic Engineering (CIV 7249)
  • Research and Dissertation (CIV 8100)

Research project history

  • 2023 – 2024 Makerere University Research and Innovation Fund (MakRIF) Award 2023. Reconstruction of an Extreme Flooding Event on River Katonga bridge crossing (Research Co-Investigator)
  • 2023 – 2025 ARUA-U21 Early Career Research Collaboration Award 2023. Facilitating early adoption of blue-green infrastructure for urban water system adaptation in East Africa, Lund University, Sweden, Makerere University and University of Rwanda (Research Co-Investigator)
  • 2018 – 2023 Modelling the impacts of rising Lake Victoria water levels on urban flooding, Makerere University (Principal Investigator)
  • 2012 – 2015 UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission PhD Research Scholarship Award. 3-year Fully funded PhD scholarship at the University of Exeter, UK

Conferences/workshops papers presented

Mugume, S. N. and Nakyanzi, L. P. (2023) “Evaluation of effectiveness of blue green infrastructure using a coupled 1D- 2D model under current and future climate change conditions” in 3rd International Symposium on Sustainable Urban Drainage. 19 – 22 October 2023, Jiashan, Zhejiang, China, Zhejiang University, China.

Mugume, S. N., Ronnie, K., Atuhairwe, E., and Tumwesigye, E. (2023) “Assessment of Future Change impacts on flooding in transboundary River Semliki” in H. Habersack, M. Tritthart, and L. Waldenberger (eds.), Proceedings of the 40th IAHR World Congress. Rivers – Connecting Mountains and Coasts 21 – 25 August 2023, Vienna, Austria. IAHR, 800–809.

Mugume, S. N., Kibibi, H., and Wakhata, M. (2023) “Effectiveness of Blue-Green Infrastructure for enhancing urban drainage system resilience” in H. Habersack, M. Tritthart, and L. Waldenberger (eds.), Proceedings of the 40th IAHR World Congress. Rivers – Connecting Mountains and Coasts. Vienna, IAHR, 1488–1497.

Owarugambwa D., Mugume S.N. (2021) Evaluation of effectiveness of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems for Flood Resilience in Kampala, Uganda International Conference on Urban Drainage, 24 – 29 October 2021, Melbourne, Austria

Kirenda, V., Mugume, S.N. (2019) Effectiveness of infiltration galleries in reduction of surface runoff and flooding in urban areas. Novatech International Conference, Lyon, France

Mugume, S. N. and Butler, D. (2015a) “Moving from reliability to resilience-based evaluation of urban drainage infrastructure: A case study of Kampala, Uganda” in 10th International Urban Drainage Modelling Conference. Quebec, Canada, IWA/IAHR.

Mugume, S. N. and Butler, D. (2015b) “Resilience-based evaluation of urban drainage systems: The ‘Safe & SuRe’ Approach” in CIWEM Urban Drainage Group Annual Autumn Conference and Exhibition. Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Urban Drainage Group.

Mugume, S. N., Diao, K., Astaraie-Imani, M., Fu, G., Farmani, R., and Butler, D. (2014) “Building resilience in urban water systems for sustainable cities of the future” in IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition. Lisbon, IWA, 72.

Mugume, S. N., Gomez, D., and Butler, D. (2014) “Quantifying the resilience of urban drainage systems using a hydraulic performance assessment approach” in 13th Conference on Urban Drainage. Sarawak, Malaysia, IWA/IAHR.

Mugume, S. N., Gomez, D., and Butler, D. (2013) “Statistical methods for climate change impact assessment on urban rainfall extremes for cities in tropical developing countries – A review” in D. Butler, A. S. Chen, S. Djordjevic, and M. J. Hammond (eds.), International Conference on Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe. Exeter, United Kingdom, University of Exeter.

Published books

  • Mugume, S.N., 2015. Modelling and Resilience-based Evaluation of Urban Drainage and Flood Management Systems for Future Cities. PhD Thesis, University of Exeter.

Published Journal Articles

  • Mugume, S. N., Abasabyoona, G., Engwau, J., Sempewo, J. I., Van de Sande, B., and Butler, D. (2023) Assessing the impact of the rise in Lake Victoria water levels on urban flooding using a GIS-based spatial flood modelling approach. Urban Water Journal.https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2023.2284960
  • Sempewo, J. I., Twite, D., Nyenje, P., and Mugume, S. N.(2022) Comparison of SWAT and HEC-HMS model performance in simulating catchment runoff. Journal of Applied Water Engineering and Research, 11(4). https://doi.org/10.1080/23249676.2022.2156401
  • Mugume, S. N., Gomez, D., Melville-Shreeve, P., and Butler, D. (2017) Multifunctional urban flood resilience enhancement strategies. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management, 170(3), 115–127.https://doi.org/10.1680/jwama.15.00078
  • Mugume, S. N. and Butler, D. (2017) Evaluation of functional resilience in urban drainage and flood management systems using a global analysis approach. Urban Water Journal, 14(7), 727–736.https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2016.1253754
  • Mugume, S. N., Diao, K., Astaraie-Imani, M., Fu, G., Farmani, R., and Butler, D. (2015) Enhancing resilience in urban water systems for future cities. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 15(6), 1343–1352.https://doi.org/10.2166/ws.2015.098
  • Mugume, S. N., Gomez, D. E., Fu, G., Farmani, R., and Butler, D. (2015) A global analysis approach for investigating structural resilience in urban drainage systems. Water Research, 81, 15–26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2015.05.030

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