Research

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 and environment in the widest of contexts.

Research excellence

In the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), we ranked 15th in the UK for ‘*research power’ in engineering.

Overall, Surrey has risen 12 places in the rankings since 2014 to 33rd in the UK for our research quality.

* Research power is the overall quality of submissions, calculated by grade point average and multiplied by the full-time equivalent number of staff submitted.

There are four research groups, contributing to two interacting research themes – environment and infrastructure – both being critical elements for sustainable development and growth. The “engineering focused” strength of the four research groups and positioning of “environment” and “infrastructure” research themes contributes to university priorities and pan-university efforts, such as the Institute for Sustainability and Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI.

By sharing resources with other schools, centres and research groups across the University 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.

Publications

We actively publish papers in leading, peer reviewed journals and at international conferences. Take a look at details of publications for each individual academic, or search through our Department's publications using the Open Access Database.

What we have to offer

We offer numerous facilities including a Materials and Structures laboratory, Air Quality Lab and a Geotechnical laboratory which our research students benefit from.

Studentships

A novel ventilation-pollution nexus framework for offsetting carbon by smart indoor spaces

Funding information:
The studentship funding covers academic fees for UK students. International candidates can be considered for a full fee waiver if they have exceptional academic credentials with prior research publications. International candidates can also apply on the basis of paying the difference between the home and overseas fees by their own means. You will also receive a standard EPSRC stipend of £16,062 per annum to cover your living expenses. Additional funding will be made available to present your work at a conference and for project-related costs.

Lung-deposited surface area deposition of airborne nanoparticles in different environments

Funding information:
The studentship funding covers academic fees for UK/home students. Your home fee will be covered. You will also receive a standard EPSRC stipend of £16,062 per annum to cover your living expenses. Additional funding will be made available to present your work at a conference and for project-related costs. Any international candidate, who is not qualified as home/UK student, should have to cover the home and international fee difference of around £16,000 per year. There may an opportunity for this component of the fee waiver for international candidates should they have an exceptional academic track record and prior research publications.

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BIOBURN: Towards the treatment of aerosol emissions from biomass burning in chemical transport models through a case study in the metropolitan area of São Paulo

Start date: 2015

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RETINA: Reducing the impact of health and climate emissions in megacity Cairo

Start date: 2015

End date: 2017

CAPTEN: Comparison of air pollution in transportation environments

Start date: 2014

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eRAIN: Missions and role of fine aerosol particles in formation of clouds and precipitation

Start date: 2014

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Experimental and numerical analysis of traffic emitted nanoparticle dispersion at urban traffic hotspots

Start date: 2013

End date: 2016

UK-India Education and Research Initiative

Start date: 2012

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Developing collaborative strategy for carrying out measurements, dispersion modelling and assessing heath impacts due to vehicle–induced airborne ultrafine particles and contributing to the development of wind tunnel capabilities in India

Start date: 2011

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Experimental and computational analysis of the dispersion of nanoparticles in transport microenvironments

Start date: 2010

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XH