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 Robert Davies

Robert Davies

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

School of Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 0043
W/2.34, Queen's Buildings - West Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a newly appointed lecturer at the School of Engineering. My post in construction materials is supported by Costain contractors. I have a strong background in materials testing and numerical model development of cementitious materials. I work on the EPSRC Resilient Materials for Life Programme Grant project - see project website This work on self-healing materials leads on from the Materials for Life project, as a lead Research Associate, I developed expertise in creating vascular flow networks in concrete and addressed the challenges of the multiscale healing combining different healing techniques. I also helped to develop economic justification for self-healing concrete and coordinated the UK’s first self-healing concrete site trial, done in collaboration with project industrial partners, Costain.

I am Chartered Civil Engineer with over 12 years of experience since graduating from Cardiff University with a MEng degree in Civil Engineering. Equal time spent in industry and academia, allows me to combine numerical modelling and experimental investigation skills alongside practical engineering knowledge to take conceptual ideas through to engineering solutions to benefit of society. I have worked for design consultants, contractors and a major client organisation, and been responsible for key elements of design and construction for infrastructure projects which include flood defences, land development and new highways. I aspire to promote strong links between academia, industry and the ICE through my role on the ICE Wales Cymru Elected Members committee.

My current teaching duties include construction practice, professional engineering and looking after undergraduate laboratories. I am also the first-year tutor in ACE.


Education and qualifications

2014: PhD (Engineering), Cardiff University
2008: CEng MICE Chartered Engineer, Institution of Civil Engineers
2004: MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, Cardiff University

Career overview

2016 - present: Cardiff University School of Engineering
2013 - 2016: Research Associate, Cardiff University
2010 - 2013: Research Student, Cardiff University
2004 - 2010: Civil Engineer, Halcrow Group Limited, Cardiff

Professional memberships

Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Committees and reviewing

2016 - present: ACE Staff Student Panel

External Committees

2015 - present: ICE Wales Cymru Elected Member Committee











Current supervision

Tharmesh Selvarajoo

Research student

Yu Wang

Research student