Zhu, Chongqiang


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Chongqiang joined the University of Dundee as a Lecturer in 2022. Prior to the role at University of Dundee, he completed successfully postdoctoral positions at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Edinburgh and Tongji University following his Ph.D. in Geological Engineering at Tongji University, China, awarded in 2017. His main research interests lie in understanding the underlying physical mechanism and evolution process of geohazards (e.g., landslides, debris flows and pyroclastic flows), developing high-performance numerical methods and proposing low-cost, low-carbon and green geohazards prevention strategies to enhance the resilience and sustainability of communities and cites to geohazards.

He has published more than 20 high-quality peer-reviewed scientific papers on leading research journals. One of his papers published at Journal of Fluid Mechanics is selected as a key scientific article contributing to research excellence by the review committee Advances in Engineering scientific, which is highly selective and the invited articles are less than 0.1% of the whole published literature. He is a Secretary on Seismic Performance-based Design for Resilient and Sustainable Slope Engineering Committee at International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction (ICGdR). He was also invited to work as guest editor to organize special issue at Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (JCR Q1) and Water (JCR Q2).

Chongqiang is very keen to support highly motivated graduate students to undertake doctoral research on physical and computational modelling of geohazards. There are several scholarship programs that can be explored with the candidates. He greatly welcomes enquiries about Ph.D. scholarships and research collaborations, please get in touch with him via email.


  • Long-runout mechanism of geophysical flow

    He has revealed the near-fault pulse-like seismic waves can greatly enhanced mobility of landslides based on large-scale shaking table tests and micro-scale discrete element simulation.

  • High-performance numerical modelling

    He has developed in-house codes of MPS and MPS-FEM to model flowing process of geohazards and its interaction with both rigid and flexible structures.

  • Rheology of complex particulate systems

    His research is leading to an understanding of both steady and transient granular behaviour with coexistence of multi-regimes.


  • DI12004 Civil Engineering Project II
  • DI12002 Structural Behaviour & Design

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Simulation and analysis of behaviors of soil instability and large deformation flow, Tongji University

1 Sept 201230 Jun 2017

Award Date: 30 Jun 2017


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)


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