The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment undertakes cutting-edge research to deliver technological advances and inform government policy on topics relevant to the global challenges of: climate change; sustainable development; infrastructure deterioration; and personal and national security.

Our research includes the specialist themes of water management; ultra-speed railways; systems, sustainability and society; construction materials and geo-mechanics; and structures. Within these themes our staff possess the expertise and experience necessary to undertake projects ranging from ‘blue skies' research, through research investigations of innovative technologies, to industry sponsored consultancy projects.

Research work ranges from multi-million pound research council projects, such as the Flood Risk Management Research Consortium, to individual PhD studentships on topics as diverse as numerical modelling of wave propagation in soil, to the impact of psychological states on situational awareness in transport domains.

The expertise of the Institute's staff is often recognised by external bodies as evidenced by Professor Paul Jowitt's CBE for ‘Services to Technology' and Dr Alan Cuthbertson's ASCE 2010 Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize for the paper “Deposition from Particle-Laden, Plane, Turbulent, Buoyant Jets,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, August 2008.