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Scholarly biography

I am a Structural Engineer, Principal Lecturer in Structural Design and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I joined the University of Brighton in March 2007, during this time I have been Course Leader for Civil Engineering Programme (2007-2012), Course Leader for Science withput Borders Programme (2013-2016) and Assistant Head of School (2015-16). Moreover, I have served as Member of Faculty Academic Board (2008-2011), Faculty Representative in Student Services Committee (2009-2011) and committee member in The ACED - Association of Civil Engineering Departments (2015-16). In 2012, I participated in University Academic Leadership Programme.

Prior to University of Brighton, I was working in University of Wuppertal, Germany, as a Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation working on affordable earthquake-proof housing in developing countries.

For many years, I practiced as a structural designer, mainly in the fields of strengthening and retrofit of masonry buildings to withstand seismic loads. I am professionally qualified and a Member of Esfahan Construction Engineering Organisation, Iran.



  • Teaching Excellence Award, July 2008
  • Brighton Innovation Award, June 2007 (highly commended)

Approach to teaching

I have taught structures and design at various levels and the romanticised definition of Civil Engineering, which is “to engineer civilisations”, fuels my enthusiasm for educating the next generation of civil engineers. In my experience, practical and hands on lessons will keep students engaged, hence, my lectures are informed by my design practice and research results. I treat my students as “Civil Engineers in training” and I expect them to act like practitioners. In 2008, I won Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning Awards and I have been nominated for inspirational lecturer by students. 

Research interests

I am interested in the role of civil engineering in hazards mitigation and the relevance of structural engineers to sustainable design of buildings, as well as computer-integrated analysis, design and fabrication of structures. I am equally interested incomputer aided (or blended) learning and project based learning to improving students' visualisation, drawing and design skills. I am passionate about developing a package of technical and organizational measures (including public-private partnership and community engagement) to address housing crisis and housing inequality by successful transfer of key technology features and due attention to localisation/adaptation. Radical Futures housing forum

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in the (i) role of structural engineers to sustainable design and (ii) pedagogy of engineering education.

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Research Output 2000 2015

  • 7 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Book - authored

Integrating highway engineering and transformation project management

Liassides, M. C., Eslimy-Isfahany, S. & Gidado, K., 4 Sep 2015, The 6th international conference on engineering, project, and production management (EPPM2015). Australia: Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University, p. 495-507 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
Project management
Structured interview
Literature review
Managing change

Baumanagement für Entwicklungsländer?

Pegels, G., Kabiri, S. & Eslimy-Isfahany, S. H. R., 2006, Berlin, Germany: Deutscher Verband der Projektmanager in der Bau- und Immobilienwirtschaft.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Developing countries
Product development
Beams and girders
Steel structures

Proposing a learning centre for "earthquake-resistant buildings"

Eslimy-Isfahany, S. H. R., Pegels, G. & Parvizian, J., 2006, Second International Congress on Education and Training for Disaster Prevention.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

natural disaster

Seismic-proof housing: reconstruction in rural areas

Eslimy-Isfahany, S. H. R. & Pegels, G., May 2006, Third International I-Rec Conference, Post-disaster reconstruction: Meeting stakeholder interests. Florence, Italy: Firenze University Press, p. 335-341 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Technology transfer
Developing countries
Patient rehabilitation

Net-distributed co-operation including developing countries, practical case study - Iran

Eslimy-Isfahany, S. H. R. & Pegels, G., Jun 2004, Joint International Conference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering. Weimar, Germany: ICCCBE-X, p. 98-99 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Developing countries
User interfaces
Computer aided design
Character sets