Paul Sargent
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Dr Paul Sargent is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering, who specialises in the field of geotechnics, engineering geology and low carbon construction materials. He is a Chartered Geologist (CGeol), Fellow of The Geological Society of London, Graduate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (GMICE) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Prior to joining Ulster University in January 2022, Dr Sargent was a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Teesside University for over 4 years. Dr Sargent also has 3 years of industrial consultancy experience, whereby he worked as a Geotechnical Engineer for AECOM in Newcastle upon Tyne. 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.

Dr Sargent has won numerous young geotechnical engineer paper competition awards based on his PhD research on alkali-activated cements in soil stabilisation. 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.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Teesside

8 Jan 20181 Oct 2019

Award Date: 1 Oct 2019

PhD, Newcastle University

20 Sep 20105 Jun 2015

Award Date: 5 Jun 2015

Master, Newcastle University

21 Sep 200919 Sep 2010

Award Date: 19 Sep 2010

Master, Durham University

1 Oct 200530 Jun 2009

Award Date: 30 Jun 2009

External positions

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Teesside

4 Sep 201718 Jan 2022


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