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Professor Ashraf Osman


BSc MPhil PhD

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Professor in the Department of EngineeringE371 (Higginson)+44 (0) 191 33 42425
Fellow in the Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy  


Professor Osman obtained an MPhil in 2002 and a PhD in 2005 from Cambridge University, both in geotechnical engineering. Professor Osman’s research focuses on ensuring resilience and sustainability of geo-infrastructure. His research has been funded by UKRI, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Council. He is the PI for 8 GCRF and Newton Fund grants. He is leading the £1.27M GCRF/EPSRC (EP/P029434/1) project “Developing performance-based design for foundations of WIND turbines in AFRICA (WindAfrica)”. This project aims to accelerate the deployment of wind turbines in Africa by designing foundations suitable for African unsaturated soils. He is also leading the Newton Fund international consortium on Unsaturated Soils Mechanics for Engineering Practice (UnsatPractice).

Professor Osman is a member of two Technical Committees (TCs) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE): TC219 System Performance of Geotechnical Structures and TC308 Energy Geotechnics. Professor Osman was a past member of the editorial board of the ICE  proceedings- Geotechnical Engineering (Nov 2014- Oct 2020), the Géotechnique Advisory Panel (Jan 2011-Jan 2014) and the Executive Committee of the UK Association for Computational Mechanics (2012-2014). 

Research interests

  • Perfomance-based design methods
  • Soil-structure-atmosphere interaction
  • Large-strain deformation analysis

Awarded Grants

  • 2021: RF080827: FLOATING HYBRID RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS, British Council, 2021-02-17 - 2023-02-16
  • 2020: RF080430: Developing A Novel Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework For Cultural Heritage In Turkey, AHRC, 2020-12-01 - 2021-11-30
  • 2020: Shallow Landslide Susceptibility Mapping in Rize, Turkey, Royal Academy of Engineering, £80000.00, 2020-04-15 - 2022-04-22
  • 2019: Integrated Modelling of Landslides due to Hydrometeorological Impact in Langat Basin, Peninsular Malaysia (iModelLandslides)(£357233.62 from Natural Environmental Research Council)
  • 2018: IAA - DEVELOPING DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR WIND TURBINES(£26797.95 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2017: Increasing Climate Resilience of Urban Infrastructure(£37200.00 from British Council Yemen)
  • 2017: RF080361: Developing performance-based design for foundation systems of WIND turbines in AFRICA (Wind Africa), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, £1,270,180, 2017-05-01 - 2021-07-31


Conference Paper

Edited book

  • Higgins, K. G., Ainsworth, Y, Toll, D.G. & Osman, A.S. (2021). Piling 2020. ICE Publishing.
  • Osman, A.S. & Toll, D.G. (2015). Proceedings of the 24th European Young Geotechnical Engineering. Durham University.
  • Toll, D.G., Zhu, H., Osman, A.S. Coombs, W., Li, X. & Rouainia, M. (2014). Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Information Technology in Geo-Engineering. Advances in Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. IOS Press.
  • Osman, A. S., Coombs, W.M & Koziara, T. (2013). CM13: Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Mechanics. Durham University.

Journal Article


Supervision students