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Dr Merih Kucukler

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Dr Merih Kucukler

Associate Professor  

Merih dot Kucukler at warwick dot ac dot uk

+44 (0)24 7652 8392


Dr Merih Kucukler is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick.

He obtained his PhD in Structural Engineering from Imperial College London, from where he also received an MSc with Distinction in Structural Steel Design. Dr Kucukler's PhD research focused on the development of a new, stiffness reduction based design approach for steel structures, where methods for the assessment of a broad range of instability phenomena encountered in steel structures on the basis of this new design philosophy were derived.

After obtaining his PhD, he worked at Imperial College London as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Following his Postdoc position at Imperial College, he joined the University of Warwick as an Assistant Professor.

Dr Kucukler is a member of the Editorial Board of the Structures journal of Elsevier. He is also a peer reviewer for a number of top ranking research journals in his field such as Engineering Structures, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Thin-Walled Structures, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and Structures.

He teaches modules in the subjects of computational modelling and steel structures. His research interests focus on structural stability, laboratory testing, numerical modelling and development of structural steel design methods.

Research Interests

  • Structural stability
  • Steel structures
  • Steel-concrete composite structures
  • Numerical modelling
  • Laboratory testing
  • Development of structural steel design methods

Selected Publications

Projects and Grants

  • Behaviour and design of stainless steel structures in fire, Merih Kucukler (PI), EPSRC New Investigator Award, EP/V034405/1, EPSRC, 18/10/2021-17/04/2025, £403k.

Journal Editorial Board Memberships

  • Structures, Elsevier, Member of Editorial Board.


  • Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC), Vinnakota Award, 2014.

External Positions

  • Member of CEN/TC250 Subcommittee 3 Working Group 22 focusing on the development of the British and European structural steel design standard Eurocode 3 Part 1.14: Design Assisted by Finite Element Analysis.
  • Member of the European Convention of Constructional Steelwork (ECCS) Technical Committee 8 Stability.

PhD Student Supervision

Dr Kucukler is always interested to hear from potential PhD students. There are a number of PhD scholarship opportunities available for UK-based and international PhD candidates. Please contact Dr Kucukler via email ( including your CV if you are interested in doing a PhD within Dr Kucukler's research group at the University of Warwick.