Dr Iman Hajirasouliha

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering

CIV Iman Hajirasouliha
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Dr Iman Hajirasouliha
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Room C109c
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

My research aims to make structures that are more resilient to extreme load events, such as earthquakes or explosions, and enable structural engineers to construct safer buildings using less materials.

Dr Iman Hajirasouliha

Iman obtained his PhD in 2006 from Sharif University of Technology, one of the top technical universities in the Middle East.

After being a lecturer in the Civil Engineering Department at University of Science and Culture for two years, he was awarded a Marie Curie Research Fellowship (En-core MCRTN) at the University of Sheffield on the use of internal FRP reinforcement in new reinforced concrete structures.

In 2009, he received a prestigious Individual Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (IIF) at The University of Sheffield on optimum strengthening of deficient reinforced concrete buildings using FRP composites.

From 2010 to 2012, he 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.

He was then appointed Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department in 2012 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015. He is currently the leader of the Earthquake Engineering Group (EEG) and Deputy Director of Research in the Department.

Research Themes




Research interests

In general, Iman’s research aims to develop practical methods to improve the structural performance of structures and make them more resilient to extreme load events, such as earthquakes or explosions.

His research into practical design guidelines for engineers has led to the development of simplified performance-based optimum design methodologies for structural engineers to enable them to produce safer buildings at minimum costs.

Iman has been principal or co-investigator of several EU and nationally funded projects (total value of approximately €8M).

He has extensive research experience in earthquake engineering, performance-based design, structural strengthening, optimisation, cold-formed steel (CFS) structures, energy dissipation devices, progressive collapse, and soil-structure interaction.


Journal articles

Research group

Earthquake Engineering Group

Steel & Composite Structures

Concrete Structures 


RCUK-TUBITAK Research Partnerships

The aim of the project was to develop, an innovative, integrated and efficient framework for multi-hazard seismic risk assessment and disaster mitigation in developing countries. Earthquake related intelligence were obtained from smart devices in real-time for the first time and integrated in to the framework

Professional activities
  • Associate Editor of International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering (IJEIE)
  • Member of the International Federation for Structural Concrete Task Group 6.6 " Retrofitting of Precast Structures in Seismic Areas "
  • 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)
Potential PhD offerings

Performance-based Optimisation Of Energy Dissipation Systems

This proposed project will lead to the development of practical procedures for the optimum design of added dissipation systems in framed structures. The proposed design method will be based on a novel optimisation technique that has been introduced by Dr Iman Hajirasouliha and successfully used for seismic design and strengthening of different structural systems. The work will involve analysis, design and computer modelling.

Seismic Strengthening Of RC Using External Lateral Post-tensioning

The project will investigate this technique both experimentally and analytically and develop models for its application in vulnerable buildings.

Novel Cold-formed Steel Structural Systems For Multi-storey Buildings

The main aim of this research is to enhance strength and ductility of CFS structural systems (elements and connections) to increase their resistance and overall safety under extreme loading events, through the development of special connections and high-performance dual wall-frame systems.