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.
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.
About our research
Over the past ten years, very strong cross-disciplinary research themes have developed, particularly in sustainability, air and water quality, and environmental health, linking our staff with researchers in various centres within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as well as in other parts of the University.
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.
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.
Centres by theme
Director of the Centre, Dr Devendra Saroj, leads on developing, implementing and managing innovative solutions and interventions for the protection of the environment and public health.
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.