Research Areas


Research group

AMEE research group a leading, world class research group in advanced manufacturing technology, enterprise engineering and engineering management, this is truly a place where cutting edge research brings the frontiers of science and technology to postgraduate and undergraduate students. Our members ensure that we can provide an excellent experience in a friendly and supportive environment.


The department is equipped with cutting edge laboratories in their research. These include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Laboratory
  • Enterprise Engineering & Systems Laboratory
  • CAD/CAM Laboratory


Research in Design is coordinated under the Brunel Design Research Centre. The BDRC, to which all academic Design staff contribute, is organised according to following thematic priorities:

Design and Human Wellbeing

Inclusive Design + design for aging demographics - Farnaz Nickpour

Perception Enhancement - Joseph Giacomin, Marco Ajovalasit

Human Centred Design Institute (HCDI) - Joseph Giacomin, Marco Ajovalasit, Farnaz Nickpour

Design for Sustainability

Sustainability and Social Responsibility - David Harrison, Fabrizio Ceschin, Ian de Vere, Richard Bonser

Cleaner Electronics - David Harrison, Yanmeng Xu, Peter Evans, Tony Vilches

Design for the Creative Industries

Design Management + Strategy - Busayawan Lam, Youngok Choi, Stephen Green

Open Design, design entrepreneurship and the digital economy - Ian de Vere, Fabrizio Ceschin

Creativity and innovation - Ian de Vere, Stephen Green

Digital design - digital production - Jinsheng Kang

Information Architecture - Olinkha Gustafson-Pearce

Advanced Materials and Manufacture

Richard Bonser, David Rees, Richard Rakowski, Yanmeng Xu

Pedagogy and Curricula

Ian de Vere, Fabrizio Ceschin Stephen Green, Richard Rakowski 

Research Knowledge Transfer and Industry Funded Research

Designplus / Co-Innovate - Andrew Ward, Stephen Green


Information on our research can be found in our Research Brochure. Our Current Research Students are listed here. We are currently looking to recruit highly motivated students to undertake postgraduate research in the following areas:

Research Institute for Sustainability in Engineering (RISE)

The vision of the Research Institute for Sustainability in Engineering (RISE) is to convey the concepts of sustainability within the study and practice of civil engineering.

Innovative materialsand sustainable construction (contact: Dr Mizi Fan)

Timber and reengineered timber products; Natural fibre composites; Wood cement composites; Materials from recyclates; Advanced composites; Lightweight construction; Innovative construction design.

Geo-engineering and the environment (contact: Dr Philip Collins)

Site investigation; characteristics and stability of engineering soils and sediments; coastal and floodplain environmental change; earthquake impacts; cold environment soil and hydraulic processes; environmental engineering.

Advanced structures (contact: Dr Giulio Alfano)

Analysis of RC beams retrofitted with FRP; cohesive-zone models for the analysis of delamination in composites and crack growth; Non linear analysis of reinforced-concrete structures; silo structures; monitoring bridges.

Fibre-reinforced concrete materials and structures, structural testing and modelling, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering (Contact: Dr Xiangming Zhou)

  • Testing and modeling of shrinkage and fracture of concrete and other cement-based materials at early ages
  • Advanced concrete technology, such as development of cement-based building products using extrusion technology; modeling of extrusion process of cement-based materials
  • Rheology testing and modeling of highly concentrated cement-based materials suitable for extrusion
  • Low carbon and low energy construction materials such as geopolymer, magnesium cement-based materials etc.
  • Utilization of industrial waste such as GGBS, PFA etc. in construction materials
  • Earthquake engineering and performance-based multi-hazards mitigation of high-rise building structures
  • Testing and modeling of steel-concrete composite structures
  • Testing and modeling of concrete segmental girder bridges
  • Testing and modeling of fiber-reinforced concrete structures such as fiber-reinforced concrete ground slabs

Construction management principles and applications (Contact: Dr Nuhu Braimah)

Delay and disruption analysis in construction contracts, planning and programming, project change and claims management.

In addition, through our interdisciplinary links within the School of Engineering & Design, the University and beyond, and particularly the Energy & Environmental Sustainability and Complexity Collaborative Research Networks, we welcome enquiries from students interested in the following areas:

  • Sustainability
  • Energy systems
  • Building services (e.g. climate control, refrigeration control)
  • Waste assessment and treatment (water and solids), filtration and recycling
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Geophysics
  • Environmental Change
  • Geology and geomorphology (particularly carbonates, intertidal sediments, lakes, hazards)
  • Urban Green Space
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Radiometric dating
  • Gender & Engineering


Research activities in ECE cover a wide range of areas which have direct compliance with the industry vision and requirements, formed around two broad thematic areas namely, telecommunications, sustainable energy and systems. The Department has an extensive research portfolio totalling £7.5M worth of ongoing research grants and contracts. This is in addition to a large set of comprehensive high-quality teaching and learning resources coupled with strong research links with industry and an excellent record of employment amongst our graduates. Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel also benefits from geographical proximity to most of the country’s information engineering and telecommunications industry.

Research in ECE is undertaken in 5 well established research centres;

PhD student Basel Abu Jamous

“When I was offered to do this funded PhD degree at the School of Engineering and Design here at Brunel University I had a quick look at the profile of the School online and asked some people who know the school and know what the school was doing. It was clear from what I saw in that profile that there is a lot of enthusiasm, motivation and vision in the School. They are trying to see where the school is going to in the future. They are trying to take the school to being one of the highest and best schools in the UK. It is now one of the best schools in the Uk but they are always aiming high. One of the things is there is a wide range of projects that are dealing with a lot of different sub areas within engineering and design. They are open minded to collaboration with other universities and institutes in the UK and outside of the UK under the supervision of many highly experience professors and researchers. One example of those collaborations is the project that I am working on which is a collaborative project between the universities of Oxford, Bristol and Brunel. So this has been a very excellent atmosphere to do research in".

PhD programmes

Biomedical Engineering PhD




Comp. Sci.

Department of Computer Science is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in software engineering, information systems, information science, intelligent data analysis, human-computer interaction and biological and healthcare informatics. Our network of public and private sector collaborators ensures that our research is timely, relevant and has a positive impact on society.

Computer Science Research Areas

Academic members of the Department also carry out research within University Research Institutes


Department of Mathematics is a large research active department with a significant number of PhD students. Within Applied Mathematics we have a significant research presence in Applied Analysis; Computational Mathematics; Continuum Mechanics and Mathematical Physics. We also have an active group working in Statistics and Operational Research.

Mathematical Science Research Groups

Mathematical Science Research Areas

Brunel University Research Archive (BURA)

BURA aims to showcase and provide wider access to Brunel research outputs, such as journal articles, conference papers and doctoral theses. You can search BURA by keyword or browse by research area or collection, e.g. by individual college or special research institute. If you have your own versions of journal article type documents, we would like to include them in BURA. For further information about depositing papers on BURA, please contact the BURA Manager. We would be pleased to a list of your research publications, so that we can check their copyright for you.

Page last updated: Monday 07 March 2016