Paul Sargent
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Dr Paul Sargent is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering, who specialises in the fields of geotechnics, engineering geology and low carbon construction materials (e.g. alkali-activated cementitious materials, geopolymers).

He is both a Chartered Civil Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng, MICE) and a Chartered Geologist with The Geological Society of London (CGeol, FGS). Dr Sargent is also a Chartership Assessor for The Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Dr Sargent has received numerous prestigious awards based on his research involving the use of alkali-activated cements in soil stabilisation, including:

  • 2014 ICE Northern Geotechnical Group - Young Geotechnical Engineer Paper Competition (Winner).
  • 2015 BGA (National) Young Geotechnical Engineer Paper Competition (Winner).
  • 2022 ICE Northern Ireland - Professor Adrian Long Medal

His research interests include: 1) the application of low carbon circular-economy friendly geopolymers and alkali-activated cements for use in ground improvement and construction materials; 2) static, cyclic and dynamic geomechanical behaviour of soils, cemented soils and rocks, 3) finite element analysis of soil-structure interactions; 4) life cycle analysis; 5) application of data analytics for monitoring and maintaining geotechnical assets in civil engineering infrastructure. Dr Sargent's research has been published in high-impact international journals including Géotechnique, International Journal of Geomechanics, Engineering Geology, Géotechnique Letters, Soils and Foundations and Construction and Building Materials.

Prior to joining Ulster University in January 2022, Dr Sargent was a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Teesside University for over 4 years (2017-22). Dr Sargent also has 3 years of industrial consultancy experience, whereby he worked as a Geotechnical Engineer for AECOM in Newcastle upon Tyne (2014-17). Examples of projects he worked on included A1 Leeming to Barton improvement (North Yorkshire), Morpeth Northern Bypass (Northumberland), High Speed 2, Farnley Haugh landslide remediation (Northumberland) and the Trafford Park Line extension of the Metrolink in Manchester.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master, PgC Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Teesside

8 Jan 20181 Oct 2019

Award Date: 1 Oct 2019

PhD, Geotechnical Engineering, Newcastle University

20 Sept 20105 Jun 2015

Award Date: 5 Jun 2015

Master, Engineering Geology, Newcastle University

21 Sept 200919 Sept 2010

Award Date: 19 Sept 2010

Master, Geoscience, Durham University

1 Oct 200530 Jun 2009

Award Date: 30 Jun 2009

External positions

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Teesside

4 Sept 201718 Jan 2022


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