PhD MCIHT MPWI
RESEARCH FELLOW IN INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET MANAGEMENT
The project is developing a risk-informed approach to bridge asset management while considering the operational, structural, functional and environmental risks of bridge failure. To this end, the project aims to identify cost-effective inspection and maintenance regimes for bridges by considering a value-based approach to decision making.
RESEARCH FELLOW IN TRANSPORT ASSET MANAGEMENT
The project is funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) via the Impact Acceleration Account to accelerate the impact of key research areas via building capacity and collaboration with stakeholders. I will be working at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education at the University of Birmingham, to develop a risk-informed system for the economic appraisal of railway infrastructure investment decisions. The major role will be to develop, test and refine an industry ready platform for the risk-informed system, which has been established through my PhD research while working closely with Network Rail, SME's, software developers and railway industry experts.
RESEARCH FELLOW IN SUSTAINABLE ASSET MANAGEMENT
Through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) funded ARLI project, I provided advice and technical support to SMEs working on construction and transport sector within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area, on developing innovative, cost-effective and low-carbon products and processes that contribute towards realising a circular economy.
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN RURAL TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT
The project run in partnership with Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), and supported by UKAid -funded Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) aims to promote sustainable rural access as a viable component of the implementation strategies for achieving Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure its inclusion in the high-level, multi-lateral discourse on sustainable transport and rural development. I developed the research focus on the correlation between rural accessibility with food security, zero hunger and women empowerment; producing articles and researched key messages. The joint-project brings in effort to raise the awareness of governments and multi-lateral agencies, in particular development banks and United Nations agencies, to understand the key role of rural transport and rural accessibility in contributing to achieving sustainable development.
DOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN RAILWAY ASSET MANAGEMENT
Thesis title: A risk-informed approach to setting economically-justifiable maintenance strategies for railway track
The project developed, for the first time, a whole-life cycle approach which will enable the maintenance investment of transport infrastructure to be appraised using cost-benefit analysis: considering the economic, social and environmental benefits and true costs of maintenance. Given the uncertainties and risks associated with the effectiveness, costs and benefits of maintenance, the project employed a risk cost-benefit under uncertainty approach. This is significant for the industry as it will help it to improve its maintenance efficiency. The PhD research was financially sponsored by the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham and received grants from TI Group Scholarship and World Transport Research Society's Young Researcher Initiative.
POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Member of UKRI Early Career Research Forum, UK
Academic Member of Trust and Technology Initiative, University of Cambridge, UK
Member of Permanent Way Institute
Member of Charted Institute of Highways and Transportation
Member of University Transport Study Group, UK
Committee Member of World Transport Research Society’s Special Interest Groups E1- Transport System Analysis and Economic Evaluation, A3 - Rail Transport
Guest Editor for Journal of Sustainability (IF 2.5) and Journal of Frontiers in Built Environment
Reviewer for Journals of Science of Total Environment (IF 6.551), Construction and Building Materials (IF 4.419), ICE Transport (IF 1.099), ICE Infrastructure Asset Management, Transport Research Records (IF 1.029) etc.
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