Earthquake Engineering Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Iman Hajirasouliha

Senior Lecturer (Head of Group)

+44 114 222 5710

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Dr Hajirasouliha obtained his PhD in 2006 with a distinction grade from Sharif University of Technology in Iran, which is one of the leading technological universities in the Middle East. His research led to the development of an advanced optimisation theory in the field of performance-based design of structures that was awarded the “Tavakoli Prize” for conducting original research at Sharif University of Technology and “Distinguished Young Researcher Award” by the Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association. In 2008, he was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie individual fellowship (IIF) at The University of Sheffield on optimum strengthening of deficient RC buildings using FRP composites. From 2010 to 2012, Dr Hajirasouliha was a Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Nottingham, where he was convener of “Advanced Concrete Structures” and “Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics” modules. In 2012, Dr Hajirasouliha was appointed Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield.

Dr Hajirasouliha’s main research interests are Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics, Performance-Based Design, Optimisation, Structural Strengthening, and Soil-Structure Interaction. He is currently the Head of Earthquake Engineering Group.

Recent activities and achievements

  • Invited Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University (2011- present)
  • Invited Lecturer, University of Science and Culture (2008- present)
  • Individual Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (2009)
  • The Marie Curie Research Fellowship, En-core MCRTN (2008)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, University of Science and Culture, Iran (2007)
  • Distinguished Young Researcher award, Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association (2006)
  • Tavakoli Prize for conducting original research, Sharif University of Technology (2005)
  • The British Council Chevening Scholarship award, The University of Sheffield (2003)


PhD (Sharif University of Technology); MSc (Sharif University of Technology), BSc (Isfahan University of Technology).

Research project(s)


Anagennisi: Innovative Use of all Tyre Components in Concrete An estimated one billion tyres are discarded each year. Post-Consumer tyre arisings for EU countries (2010) are 3.4M tonnes per year. At the moment nearly 50% of all recycled tyres/components still end up as fuel, in low grade applications or in...

COST Action TU1207

Action TU1207 leverages the already large amount of work carried out on the use of composite reinforcement for structural applications by individual research teams and existing learned groups. Action TU1207 was established in 2013 and will operate until 2017. In these four years the Action will aim: to coordinate European...

Post-earthquake Disaster and Risk Management through a Rapid Response Framework for Industrial Zones in Turkey

The Concrete and Earthquake Engineering (CEE) group secured a Newton Fund Institutional Links grant for a two-year project on ‘Post-earthquake Disaster and Risk Management through a Rapid Response Framework for Industrial Zones in Turkey’. Catastrophic damage to industrial facilities during the 1999 Kocaeli earthquake caused extensive fires and environmental pollution...

Rapid Earthquake Risk Assessment and Post-Earthquake Disaster Management Framework for Substandard Buildings in Turkey

Substandard structures account for a large proportion of the building stock in many large urban areas of developing countries. Such highly vulnerable structures have experienced catastrophic damage during major earthquakes in the past, leading to extensive human, economic and societal losses. For instance, the 1999 Kocaeli earthquake that hit Marmara...