From optimising the management of large-scale complex networks, through the long-term behaviour and interactions of structures and soils with their surroundings, down to the development of new materials and the monitoring and control of air and water quality, our research focuses on the delivery of sustainable infrastructure in the widest of contexts.


Over the past ten years, very strong cross-disciplinary research themes have developed, particularly in sustainability, air quality and water, linking our staff with researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences and the Centre for Environmental Strategy, as well as in other parts of the Faculty and the University.

By sharing resources with other departments we can support multi-disciplinary, multi-scale research which spans traditional subject boundaries and enables science-led enquiry to create engineered solutions to industrially relevant problems both nationally and globally.

We are joint winners of the Queen's Award for wide-ranging and global work improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Researchers within the Department work within and across three main research centres, further information can be found in the research centre pages below (some pages are still under construction please contact us for more information).

Postgraduate research

We host a large number of research students throughout all of our research areas and encourage applications. Further information on research degrees can be found at the Doctoral College.

Fatigue assessment of riveted railway bridges

Funding information:
The studentship is partially funded by Network Rail. The funding covers academic fees for UK/EU students. You will also receive a stipend of £15,500 per annum to cover your living expenses. Additional funding is available to present your work in a conference and for project related costs. Opportunities for tutorial support in the department are available and will enhance your teaching experience as well as provide further income (approximately £1,200 to £1,500 per annum).


We offer numerous facilities including a Materials and Structures laboratory, Air Quality Lab and a Geotechnical laboratory.

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Surrey