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Dr Moray Newlands is a Reader in Civil Engineering and Associate Dean for Industrial Engagement in the School of Science and Engineering.

He undertook both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Dundee and continued as a research student within the Concrete Technology Unit for his PhD.  His research expertise lies in low carbon concrete and cementitious materials, recycling and sustainability and the development of test methods for physical modelling the mechanical and durability performance of concrete.  In addition, he is also working in the area of renewable energy with a focus on using concrete as a primary construction material for marine energy devices and novel construction methods including additive manufacturing as a means of reducing construction costs.  More recent research has been concerned with creating metrics for benchmarking in large infrastructure projects in the UK.

His research has been supported by funding from the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and various industry partners and bodies including Wave Energy Scotland and the Energy Technology Partnership.

He is Secretary of European Standards Committee - CEN TC51/WG12/TG5, to define reference test methods for assessing concrete chloride and carbonation resistance.  The work, involving academic and industry experts from 10 EU countries, has allowed interaction which has fed directly into concrete technology research at the University and has ensured that research work at Dundee is being discussed at a European level. In addition, he has been Secretary for the Dundee Concrete Conference, a triennial event which has been running since 1990 as well as organising and running numerous international symposia held in Dundee.

As Associate Dean for Industrial Engagement he has responsibility for the School strategy of engagement and enterprise, working with industry, exploiting School facilities and skills to enable impactful high TRL research through KTP Projects and industry service testing.


Use of recovered/recycled materials for low carbon concrete

Development of rapid test methods for durability assessment

Physical modelling of low carbon concretes

Development of metrics to benchmark cost/time/productivity in construction

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 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Development of a Simulated Natural Carbonation Test and Durability of Selected CEM II Concretes

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Bachelor of Engineering

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

Master of Science, Precision of Test Methods for Assessing CPF in Concrete

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

External positions

External examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University

1 Sept 202031 Aug 2024

External Examiner, University of the West of Scotland

1 Sept 201731 Aug 2020

Secretary of CEN TC51(CEN TC 104)/WG12/TG5

1 Aug 2007 → …


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Cement
  • Concrete
  • Sustainability
  • Net Zero
  • Low Carbon
  • TH Building construction
  • TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
  • Cold mix bitumen


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