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Infrastructure Group

Coastal windturbines at sunset

The Infrastructure Research Group has expertise across structural and geotechnical engineering. We address research challenges found onshore and offshore, supporting sustainability and resilience.

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The Infrastructure Research Group focuses on the sustainability and resilience of civil engineering infrastructure, to address societal needs in energy, mobility and the built environment. 

We have expertise across structural and geotechnical engineering, and we work on projects and technologies on land and in the ocean. We are a group of around 15 academics, working with a team of Research Fellows and PhD students and a network of collaborators across industry, government and other stakeholders. 

We are based at Boldrewood Innovation Campus in the National Infrastructure Laboratory (NIL), which is equipped with modern facilities for data-rich structural testing at large and small scale, as well as accelerated small scale geotechnical testing using a centrifuge. 

Most of our activities fit 3 main themes: 

  • Offshore renewable energy: Our work supports the growth of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy as well as the emergence of the green hydrogen economy. We have a particular strength in offshore geotechnics and host the Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering (IROE) RAEng Chair in Emerging Technology.
  • Low carbon transport: We have world-leading expertise in the geomechanics of linear infrastructure, built on long-standing collaborations with the railway industry, including the UK’s Network Rail and through the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN).
  • Resilient buildings and infrastructure: We have wide-ranging expertise in structural materials and system performance, spanning concrete, steel and timber, and targeting higher performance for lower carbon. We also specialise in resilience against natural and man-made hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis and blast.

We engage strongly with transdisciplinary initiatives, to broaden the reach of our activity. Examples include the Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute and the International Blast Injury Research Network

We provide specialist training courses on specific topics to industry. We also engage with industry on a consultancy basis and to aid knowledge transfer from research to practice.

People, projects, publications and PhDs


Dr Ahmed Elkady

Lecturer in Structural Engineering

Research interests

  • Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering.
  • Collapse Risk and Loss Assessment of Steel and Composite Buildings.
  • Resilience-based design, retrofit and rehabilitation of Existing Structures.

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Mr Amin Rashidi Mehrabadi

Research interests

  • -Shared anchors
  • -Cyclic response of offshore foundations
  • -Numerical simulations
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Professor Andrew Mcnaughton

Professorial Fellow Enterprise
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Dr Anne Stringfellow

Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Benjamin Cerfontaine

Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering

Research interests

  • Offshore renewable energy - wind, tidal and wave
  • Numerical and Physical Modelling of infrastructure for renewable energy
  • Constitutive modelling of geomaterials for cyclic loading

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Miss Chrysoula Anastassopoulos

Research interests

  • Offshore wind
  • Seabed characterisation
  • Offshore foundation design
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Professor Dave White PhD (Cantab), FREng, FICE, FTSE, FRINA, FIEAust

Professor of Infrastructure Geotechnics

Research interests

  • Offshore renewable energy - wind, tidal and wave
  • Geotechnical modelling of foundations, anchoring systems and subsea cables
  • Site characterisation - in situ and laboratory testing

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr David Milne

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Application of sensing technologies for measuring the mechanical behaviour of transport infrastructure at scale.
  • Integrating mechanistic analysis into signal processing and interpretation for montioring of infrastructure.
  • Understanding performance, deterioration and failure of infrastructure compoments and systems.
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Professor David Richards BEng MSt PhD CEng FICE

Professor in Ground Engineering
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Please contact our administrative officers, Azra Jaffry or Melanie Hallford, with your enquiry.

Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering 
Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Southampton 
Boldrewood Campus 
Southampton SO16 7QF