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Civil engineering research

Explore the work we're doing across our areas of research expertise in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering deals with the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the infrastructure behind the buildings, transportation networks and public amenities that keep modern society moving. Our research in the subject explores how such projects can become more efficient, and how civil engineering and surveying can help solve the environmental problems facing society.

In our construction management and surveying research, we're working to better understand the increasingly-complex and highly-pressurised nature of modern construction – from the rising prevalence of hybrid technology, to the challenges of managing component supply chains. And in doing so, we're developing new approaches to project management that take these new challenges into account.

At a time when the issues of climate change and pollution are ever-more at the forefront of public concern and political debate, we're also exploring ways to transform our civil engineering and surveying expertise into real-world solutions to the planet's environmental crises.

In our environmental technology and management research, we're finding sustainable ways of tackling pollution caused by rising populations and increased urbanisation, and developing the technology required to deal with new pollutants in the environment, such as pharmaceuticals and microplastics. We're also studying how to create better urban infrastructure – so that the urban landscape of the future is more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.

Explore our areas of expertise

Find out more about the facilities and research methods that shape our Civil Engineering research – and learn more about our recent projects, the academic and industrial partners with whom we collaborate, and the major funders who fund our work.

Research groups

We're researching the application of computer systems in construction and the contemporary challenges of sustainability within processes.
We're researching constructed wetlands, sustainable drainage, waste water processing and rain water harvesting.
We're researching advanced composite structures, construction materials engineering and geotechnical stability and testing.

Interested in a PhD in Business & Management?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Business & Management postgraduate research degrees page.