Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research areas

We pursue a wide variety of research with constantly growing activity. Our department currently houses approximately 160 PhD students and 20 masters students.


Major research areas

Construction management

Our vision is to be a world leader in construction management research.


Our expertise spans most aspects of water and environmental engineering.

Geotechnical engineering

Focusing on the interface between the built and natural environments.

Roads and transportation
Transportation Research Centre

Our reputation for research excellence enables us to secure major funding from central government and industry sponsors.

Hydraulic engineering
Hydraulic Engineering

We strive to implement multidisciplinary research to study how water forms and changes the environment.


Focusing on the development of improved structural systems.

Research centres


Centre for Infrastructure Research

The Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR) was initially conceived as a collaboration point for leaders from industry, government and academia, bringing together a range of disciplines including engineering, planning and economics.

It grew out of discussions between Professor Michael Davies, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Bruce Melville, Phil Warbrick, Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Dr Jim Bentley (then Chief Executive Officer of Metrowater – Auckland City’s water and wastewater utility company).

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Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction (CDRRR)

The Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction (CDRRR) seeks solutions to complex problems in disaster resilience, recovery and reconstruction through integration of research, policy and practice and fosters collaboration between researchers, policy makers and practitioners through information sharing and integration of activities.

CDRRR’s core purpose is to act as a centre of expert knowledge and to facilitate the flow, interaction and creation of knowledge across multi-disciplinary networks and groups.

Christchurch earthquake


QuakeCoRE is transforming the earthquake resilience of communities and societies, through innovative world‐class research, human capability development, and deep national and international collaborations. 

Our flagship programmes address six areas of multi‐disciplinary research, interconnected to understand and improve how our communities recover and thrive after major earthquakes.Translation of our research outputs into policy and practice is achieved through active participation with our stakeholders and end users in our research programme and education of the next generation leaders in earthquake resilience.

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The University of Auckland Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research (UACEER) was established in 2007 and acts as a research centre within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Auckland.

The purpose of this centre is to facilitate the coordination of earthquake engineering research projects within the department through a combination of the structural, geotechnical, construction management and water research groups.