School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Sarah Dunn

Lecturer in Structural Engineering



I am a civil and structural engineer, with an interest in the resilience of our modern communities.  The majority of my research focuses on the resilience of our infrastructure systems - with the aim of improving the resilience of our communities through the adaptation of their underpinning infrastructure systems.  I am interested in developing techniques that can recognise vulnerable areas within infrastructure systems, identify fragile system architectures and also establish methods that can help to protect them from hazard.


PhD in Civil Engineering (Newcastle University - Feb 2014) - Thesis Title "An Investigation to Improve Community Resilience using Network Graph Analysis of Infrastructure Systems"

MEng in Civil and Structural Engineering (Newcastle University - Sept 2010) (1st Class (Hons))


2016 Teaching Excellence Awards (TEAs):

  • Taught Supervisor of the Year (Shortlisted)
  • Overall Contribution to Outstanding Practice (Shortlisted)


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Research Interests

critical infrastructure, resilience, disaster management, network graph theory, resilient communities, network reliability

PhD Supervision (Principal Supervisor)

Beth Barnes (start Sept 2016) - Development of a Modelling Framework to Improve Mitigation Methods and Contingency Planning for Emergency Scenario

Louise Westoby (start Jan 2017) - The Road to Recovery: Understanding the Process of Rebuilding Seismic Resistant Schools in Nepal


Undergraduate Teaching

CEG1004: Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 1

CEG1302: Structural Mechanics

CEG2301: Structural Analysis (Module Leader)

CEG3301: Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3

CEG3099: BEng Individual Project

CEG8099: Supervision of undergraduate Stage 4 projects 

Postgraduate Teaching

CEG8399: Supervision of MSc research projects