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.
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).
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.