Our multi-disciplinary research addresses the global need for long-term, sustainable performance in existing and new infrastructure systems. We are leaders in modelling and managing the impacts of natural and human hazards, such as earthquakes, climate change, flooding, industrial processes, traffic and crowds. We are also leading an international effort to improve water quality in developing countries.

Our application studies range in scale from complete national and regional systems, such as flood catchments, and hydro-power, water, electricity and transport networks, through individual artifacts, such as nuclear facilities, dams, long-span bridges and buildings, to low-cost water quality monitoring devices. All our research groups collaborate widely with academic and industrial partners from across the engineering, science and social science disciplines, and from around the world.

For more general information on research activities, please contact the relevant Head of Group.

Research groups


Our state-of-the-art facilities include the largest six-axis shaking table in the UK. Find out more about the Faculty of Engineering’s world-class facilities, which bring together our research strengths and enable the integration of engineering ‘theory’ and ‘experiment’.

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The research activities in the Department are highly rated with 80 percent of our output recognised as world leading or internationally excellent.

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