Here you will find more information about the core CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering staff, along with staff members from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who contribute to the Taught Component, Grand Challenge projects and research supervision. There is also additional input from our industrial partners throughout the Training Programme.

CDT Core Team

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Academic Staff

Below lists the research interests of academic staff in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering by section. If you are interested in applying to the CDT but none of the projects advertised are of interest you should contact an academic who shares your research interests.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Section
AcademicResearch Interests
Dr Adrian Butler Surface flow and transport processes and their environmental impact.
Dr Wouter Buytaert Hydrology and water resources; Environmental change; Land use impacts; Hydrological modelling; Data assimilation and uncertainty analysis; Decision support systems; Sustainable development; Tropical hydrology.
Dr Geoff Fowler Thermal and microwave pyrolysis; Activated carbon production and application; Contaminated land treatment; Hazardous waste management; Composite recycling; Water jetting.
Professor Nigel Graham Drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies; Treatment process evaluation and modelling; Intermediate technology methods; Water supply management and systems; Water quality modelling.
Professor Sue Grimes Recovery of value components from wastes for conversion to commercially useful products; Closed-loop methodologies towards resource efficiency; Decision-support tools for sustainable waste management.
Professor Cedo Maksimovic Applied fluid mechanics in urban water systems: storm drainage, urban flooding water supply and interactions of urban water systems and infrastructure with the environment.
Dr Ana Mijic Urban hydrology and urban ecosystems; Groundwater-sewer interactions; Urban water and energy use; Water resources assessment and climate change mitigation.
Dr Christian Onof Stochastic modeling of precipitation related variables and the impact of climate change upon hydrological variables.
Professor Stephen Smith Bioresources management, treatment, land application, agronomic value, environmental and health impact; Energy products from biodegradable solid waste.
Dr Ivan Stoianov Modelling and optimal control of water supply and wastewater systems; Sensing and monitoring of civil engineering infrastructure; Founder of the InfraSense lab.
Dr Michael Templeton Drinking water quality and treatment; Chemical and microbiological contaminants in water; Disinfection processes; Disinfection by-products; Water and sanitation for developing countries.
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Fluids Section
AcademicResearch Interests
Dr Jose Alsina Sediment transport and morphodynamics; Surf and swash zones dynamics; Beach protection; Field and laboratory morphodynamic experimentation, including scale laws and scaling effects in laboratory experimentation.
Dr Henry Burridge Transport of heat and mass by convection; Convection in the built environment; Effective ventilation of buildings; Modification of natural materials for use in buildings.
Dr Marios Christou Metocean, Offshore and Coastal Engineering; Wave statistics; Freak/rogue waves; Analysis of Field Measurements; Wave-structure interaction; Wave-vessel interaction; Infragravity waves; Side-by-side and tandem offloading; Boundary Element Modelling.
Dr John Craske Buoyancy-driven mixing; Turbulent jets, plumes and fountains; Dispersion; Architectural fluid mechanics; Adjoint analysis; Flow energetics; Numerical simulation
Professor Graham Hughes Buoyancy-driven flows; Stratified turbulence and mixing; Convection; Turbulent plumes and jets; Flow energetics
Professor Chris Swan Surface water waves; Extreme ocean waves; Wave kinematics; Wave statistics; Wave-structure and wave-vessel interactions; Wave loading; Impact loading; Experimental and  numerical modeling.
Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk Buoyancy driven flows; Atmospheric and oceanic turbulence; Sustainable cities; Flow and dispersion in urban canopies; Heat and mass transfer; Direct Numerical Simulation; Large-eddy simulation.
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Geotechnics Section
AcademicResearch Interests
Dr Antonio Carraro Fundemental soil mechanics; Advanced laboratory testing of soils; Sustainable geomaterials; Intermediate soils; Offshore sediments.
Dr Richard Ghail Tectonic Geomorphology; London Basin Structure; Permafrost fissuring of over-consolidated clays.
Professor Richard Jardine Soil Mechanics; Constitutive behaviour; Laboratory & Field experiments; Instrumentation; Geotechnical design; Soft Ground engineering; Deep Foundations; Offshore Geotechnics; Geohazards; Cold Region Geotechnics.
Dr Stavroula Kontoe Site response; Dynamic behaviour of soils and earth structures.
Dr James Lawrence Upper Cretaceous carbonates (Chalk); geological disposal of radioactive waste; geomechanics; structural geology; petroleum reservoir characterisation; modelling slope instability; coastal recession related to the impact of climate change and weathering of rock.
Dr Catherine O'Sullivan Discrete element modelling; Particulate soil mechanics; Micro-computed tomography; Internal erosion; Stress wave propagation; Cyclic soil response; Validation of discrete element models.
Professor Dave Potts Application of FEM to geotechnical problems; Geotechnical numerical analysis; Constitutive modelling; Soil-structure interaction.
Dr Jamie Standing Soil-structure interaction; Tunnelling and deep excavations; Field monitoring; Piles; Model testing; Partly saturated soils and residual soils.
Dr David Taborda Computational geomechanics; Constitutive modelling of soils; Soil dynamics; Cyclic soil behaviour; Soil-Structure interaction; Geothermal energy systems; Thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of soils; Optimisation algorithms.
Dr Katerina Tsiampousi THM modelling of geo-materials; Behaviour of partially saturated media in deep nuclear repositories; Reliability and risk of geotechnical structures (excavations, tunnels, slopes, foundations); Behaviour of railway embankments under seasonal changes in suction.
Professor Lidija Zdravkovic Development and application of FEM in geotechnical engineering; Constitutive modelling; Unsaturated soils; THM modelling of geomaterials; Soil-structure interaction; Laboratory testing of soils.
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Structures Section
AcademicResearch Interests
Professor Nick Buenfeld Concrete structures; Deterioration mechanisms; Design for durability; Condition assessment and monitoring; Life prediction of new and existing concrete structures.
Professor Ahmed Elghazouli The response of structures to extreme loads, focusing on the areas of structural earthquake engineering, structural fire engineering and structural robustness.
Professor Leroy Gardner Structural testing; Numerical modelling and the development of design guidance for steel structures.
Professor Bassam Izzuddin Nonlinear structural analysis; Finite element analysis; Extreme loading; Simplified modelling; Robustness and progressive collapse; Multi-scale modelling; Steel structures; Concrete structures; Glass structures.
Dr Luke Louca Behaviour and design of structures subjected to explosions.
Dr Lorenzo Macorini Masonry structures (numerical modelling, analysis under extreme loading, strengthening); Computational structural mechanics; Composite structures (long-term and collapse behaviour, seismic performance).
Dr Christian Malaga Earthquake engineering and structural dynamics; Structural timber engineering and hybrid construction, resilient and smart structures; Performance-based and multi-hazard structural design.
Professor David Nethercot Structural engineering; Structural analysis; Steel structures
Dr Andrew Phillips Biomechanics, FE and inverse dynamics; Musculo-skeletal modelling; Blast biomechanics; Orthopaedic device assessment / design, Structural optimization.
Dr Sunday Popo-Ola Structural Engineering and testing; Composite Construction, Modern method of Construction, Fixing and anchor technology; Cladding and Façade Technology; Indigenous Materials; Structural Modelling; BIM; CAD and Expert Witness.
Dr Ana Ruiz-Teran Bridge Engineering; Structural Engineering; Innovative types of cable-stayed bridges; Spatial arch bridges; Footbridges; Accidental breakage of stay cables; Prestressed Concrete; Bridge Design.
Dr Adam Sadowski Thin and thick shell structures; Stability of shells.
Dr Peter Stafford Quantitative risk analysis; Probabilistic methods in engineering seismology and earthquake engineering; Reliability theory.
Dr Ahmer Wadee Structural stability; Structural mechanics; Structural engineering; Laminated composite and layered materials; Steel structures; Sandwich structures; Nonlinear buckling theory; Applied mathematics; Structural failure; Solid mechanics.
Dr Hong Wong Microstructure characterisation; Concrete petrography; Image analysis; Degradation of concrete structures; Modelling performance from microstructure.
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Transport Section
AcademicResearch Interests
Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis Design of urban infrastructure; Port Operations; Urban Construction Logistics; Disaster response; Network reliability; Transport resilience; Maritime Transport.
Professor Dan Graham Statistical modelling; Causal inference; Spatial statistics; Transport economics and modelling.
Dr Ke Han Network flow modeling; Dynamic traffic assignment; Traffic control and operation; Network and mechanism design; Sustainable transportation.
Dr Arnab Majumdar Air safety analysis; Aviation and environmental impacts; Airspace estimation methods.
Professor Washington Ochieng Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) systems; Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Geomatics; Geodesy; Air Traffic Management and Control (ATM/ATC); Structural integrity monitoring; Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications.
Professor John Polak Travel demand modelling; Discrete choice modelling; Integrated urban systems modelling; Activity based modelling; Transport data methods; Transport and the environment; Transport network performance and management; Intelligent transport systems.
Dr Aruna Sivakumar Travel behaviour and demand modelling; Econometrics and discrete choice; Urban energy systems and modelling end user demand; Integrated urban models; Modelling urban freight.
Dr Marc Stettler Environmental impacts of transport; Emissions modelling and measurement; Air Quality; Environmental impacts of aviation; Alternative fuels; Emissions control technologies.
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