What we are researching
We have a number of research areas within each of the Department's six research centres and groups.
Global Centre for Clean Air Research
- Particulate matter
- Indoor and outdoor air pollution
- Low-cost sensing, energy-pollution nexus and emission modelling
- Air pollution impacts on built infrastructure
- Green or grey infrastructure interactions
- Biogenic, wildfire and other naturally occurring phenomena leading to significant impact on rural and urban environments
- Noise and pollutants for global climate
- Interfaces of air pollution with energy, water, urban growth, transportation, built infrastructure, and nanotechnology
- Environmental sensing, urban mobility and transport accessibility.
Water Environment and Health Engineering Group
- Advanced water and wastewater treatment and resource recovery/reuse (water- energy-materials)
- Fate and behaviour of contaminants-including emerging ones- in the environment
- Water, sanitation and public health (WASH) in the developing world
- Recreational water quality; risk assessment and management
- Remote sensing, catchment surveillance, water resources management, risks and extreme weather in the context of climate change and resilience
- Urban pollution and health in cities and megacities.
Geomechanics Research Group
- Mechanics and micro-mechanics of granular materials including image analysis
- Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) of granular materials including laboratory validation
- Physical modelling of geotechnical problems including soil-structure interaction with particular emphasis to off-shore wind turbines
- Soil-Vehicle interactions including extra-terrestrial applications
- Wave propagation in, and constitutive models for, nonlinear materials
- Pipelines and piles in seismic areas including liquefiable soils
- Study of soil liquefaction using element tests.
Centre for Environmental and Health Engineering
Centre for Infrastructure Systems Engineering
- Innovative construction materials and their durability
- Reliability assessment of large infrastructure systems
- Asset performance & management of potable water networks
- Advanced FE modelling & testing of structural systems under static/dynamic/fatigue loading
- Structural glass and glass facades
- Robustness and progressive collapse of structures
- Structural health monitoring and damage assessment.
Transport infrastructure risk management under natural hazards
Funding information:The studentship is fully funded from the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg Programme. You will receive a stipend of £20,000 per annum, for eligible UK/EU students, that will cover your university fees and living expenses. Additional funding is available for international travel to attend project meetings and conferences as well as covering consumables throughout the duration of the project. The funding for this studentship is specifically for UK and EU applicants only. Outstanding, self-funded international applicants are able to apply for the PhD project.
What our students say
Read our student profiles to discover first-hand what it's like to study with us.
Our 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.