Dr George Papavasileiou, MEng


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Multiple PhD topics available in the fields of sustainable structural engineering and engineering education (please get in contact for details). Indicative areas include: structural optimisation, multihazard design of structures, retrofit of structures, advanced numerical modelling, life cycle cost analysis, cost optimisation, and risk assessment.

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Dr. Georgios S. Papavasileiou is a Senior Lecturer (alternate titles in different Universities include Principal Lecturer or Associate Professor) in Civil Engineering and the Programme Leader for the BEng(Hons) in Civil Engineering at the University of the West of Scotland. He holds a Diploma (5-year combined BEng. & MEng.) in ‘Civil Engineering’ (2007) and a MSc. in ‘New Materials and Technologies in the Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures’ with emphasis on Earthquake Engineering (2008) from the Democritus University of Thrace and a MSc. in ‘Engineering Project Management’ from the Hellenic Open University (2017). He also holds a PDA in ‘Teaching Practice in Scotland’s Colleges’ (2019) and a PgCert in ‘Tertiary and Higher Education’ (2021) from the University of the Highlands and Islands. He has worked as a Professional Civil Engineer in Greece and Cyprus (2008-2018) and he is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).
After receiving his PhD. in ‘Civil Engineering’ from the University of Cyprus (2014), he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cyprus (2014-2015) and the University of West Attica (2015-2017) under scholarship of excellence (IKY-Siemens programme). Before joining the University of the West of Scotland, he held academic positions at the University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly (2016-2018) and the Mediterranean College (2017-2018) in Greece, as well as the University of the Highlands and Islands (2018-2020) and the University of Wolverhampton (2020-2022) in the UK. He has served as supervisor/co-supervisor of 21 undergraduate, 9 postgraduate and 3 doctoral dissertations.
His publication record comprises amongst others 39 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, 2 books and 5 theses and has been cited by numerous research works. He serves as a reviewer for 31 international scientific journals. His research combines the fields of structural and computational engineering with emphasis on sustainable structural design and retrofit and his work has received awards in Greece and the UK.

Current research activities

Dr. Papavasileiou is conducting research in the field of Sustainable Structural Design and Retrofit. He investigate approaches, methods and systems that can be used in order to achieve actual sustainability in construction. Different aspects of sustainability are considered in an effort to deliver a holistic apporach to the topic.


Read our latest article titled ‘Residual drift risk of self-centering steel MRFs with novel steel column bases in near-fault regions’ at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2022.107391


Visit the website for the latest Special Issue titled ‘Research towards a Sustainable Built Environment’ edited by Dr. Papavasileiou at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/buildings/special_issues/H11N9PB9M0

This Special Issue is now accepting submissions. It is a unique opportunity to bring together research works from different fields presenting advancements and technologies, which can be used to achieve a more sustainable built environment.


Are you interested in doing your PhD in this field?

Contact Dr. Papavasileiou (George.Papavasileiou@uws.ac.uk) to discuss potential topics.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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