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David Hughes

Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5AG


Climate change is having a significant impact on the geotechnical assets across our transport corridors. The research at Queen’s University is broadly aimed at predicting and quantifying these impacts, in particular looking at the increasing likelihood of landslides across the transport network and developing numerical tools to assess long–term slope instability. Also of interest is the impact on infrastructure drainage and on the performance of pavement. The group at Queen’s is funded locally by Roads Service (DRD) and Northern Ireland Rail. One significant current research project is ‘iSMART’, a £1.6m EPSRC funded research consortium addressing the impact of climate change on the sustainable management and resilience of infrastructure slopes.

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  • Landslides
  • Transport
  • Infrastructure
  • Climate