Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


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):

Centre for Infrastructure Systems Engineering

Director - Prof Marios Chryssanthopoulos

Geomechanics Research Group

Director - Prof Suby Bhattacharya

The Department continues to invest in the development of a suite of flexible, multi-use, experimental facilities and other specialist resources to facilitate the range of activities within our research portfolio. We offer modern facilities in many areas including:

  • Materials and Structures laboratory for the manufacture and assessment of structural elements, including mechanical testing suite with static/fatigue capacity from 1 N to 1000 kN at size scales of 1 mm to 5 m in tension / compression / flexure.
  • Geotechnical laboratory with capacity to characterise soils and soil-structure interactions under controlled environmental conditions.
  • The WHO collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Engineeringand the Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health addressing water quality and associated health issues around the globe.
  • Wind tunnel facilities for pollution dispersion modelling and measurement with specialist equipment to characterise nanoscale contaminants.
  • Support from a team of technical and research staff