Dr Marco Francesco Funari

Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
+44 (0)1483 686654
01B AA 02

Academic and research departments

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.


Marco joined as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey in July 2022.

He completed his MSc in Architectural Engineering in 2015, and PhD in Structural Engineering in 2019, both from the University of Calabria (Italy), and was a visiting PhD researcher at the University of Dundee (UK). His PhD program focused on developing advanced numerical models to simulate crack propagation and delamination phenomena in layered structures. In parallel, He also pursued his interest in masonry structures by collaborating with several international institutions.

In 2020, Marco worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minho in the EC project OPHERA and subsequently in the ERC project Stand4Heritage. He was mainly responsible for developing an integrated analytical and numerical approach for the out-of-plane seismic assessment and subsequent intervention design of heritage masonry structures.

Marco’s research expertise falls in the framework of structural engineering with an emphasis on numerical and analytical approaches for the structural assessment of existing structures.

Since 2016, He has been a Chartered Engineer providing specialist consultancies as Structural Engineer to several public and private entities in Italy and Portugal.

My qualifications

MSc in Architectural Engineering
University of Calabria
PhD in Structural Engineering
University of Calabria

Previous roles

01 September 2021 - 30 June 2022
Post-doctoral researcher - ERC Advanced grant Stand4Heritage
University of Minho


Research interests




  1. Colombo, C., Savalle, N., Mehrotra, A., Funari, M. F., & Lourenço, P. B. (2022). Experimental, numerical and analytical investigations of masonry corners: Influence of the horizontal pseudo-static load orientation. Construction and Building Materials, 344, 127969.
  2. Funari, M. F., Silva, L. C., Lonetti, P., Spadea, S., & Lourenço, P. B. (2022). Numerical Simulation of Fracture in Layered and Sandwich Structures: A Systematic Literature Review. Composites Part C: Open Access, 100294.