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Dr Mohammad Rezania

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Dr Mohammad Rezania

Reader in Civil Engineering (Geomechanics)  

M dot Rezania at warwick dot ac dot uk
+44 (0) 24 7652 2339


I obtained my B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2002, my M.Sc. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2004, and my PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from University of Exeter in 2008.

After my PhD graduation, I worked as postdoctoral researcher on a number of industry/academia projects at several institutions including University of Strathclyde in the UK, Plaxis BV in the Netherlands, and Aalto University in Finland. Following a brief period as a lecture at University of Portsmouth, in 2013 I was appointed Assistant Professor in Geomechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Nottingham. In 2017, I joined University of Warwick as Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering and promoted to Reader in 2021. In 2019 I also became Honorary Professor at the Southwest Jiaotong University in China.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in computational geomechanics and soil testing; my current primary directions of research are constitutive model development, experimental verification and numerical implementation, integrated theoretical, experimental and numerical modelling of natural soil's behaviour, laboratory element and meso-scale testing of soil and development of novel experimental solutions to understand and/or alter the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of geomaterials.


University of Warwick

Module leader for:

  • ES96V: Finite Element Methods for Tunnelling (15 credits TUGS MSc students)
  • ES3G1: Geotechnical Engineering (15 credits CE Degree Apprenticeship students)

Contributions to:

  • ES3B6: Geotechnical Engineering (teaching 60% of the contents, 30 credits Third Year students)
  • ES327: BEng Individual Project (Supervising 3 Third Year Projects each year)
  • ES97M: MSc TUGS Group Design Project (Co-supervising the 45 credits MSc Projects)
  • ES196: BEng Statics and Structures

University of Nottingham

Module leader for:

  • H21G11: Geotechnics I (10 credits Year one students)
  • H24G05: Critical State Soil Mechanics (10 credits Fourth Year MEng and MSc students)

Contributions to:

  • H24CPR: Civil Engineering Research Project (Supervising MSc Projects)
  • H24A03: MEng Group Design Project (Coordinating a fourth year group design project on "Design of a water reservoir")
  • H24A04: MEng Individual Investigative Project (Supervising 3 Fourth Year Projects each year)
  • H23A13: BEng Individual Investigative Project (Supervising 3 Third Year Projects each year)

Selected Publications

Recent publications include (for full list refer to 'Publications' page):

  • Ma, G., Rezania, M., and Mousavi Nezhad, M. (in press). Stochastic assessment of landslide influence zone by material point method and generalized geotechnical random field theory. International Journal of Geomechanics.
  • Ma, G., Rezania, M., Mousavi Nezhad, M. and Hu, X. (in press). Uncertainty quantification of landslide runout motion considering soil interdependent anisotropy and fabric orientation. Landslides.
  • Bagheri, M. and Rezania, M. (in press). Effect of soil moisture evaporation rate on dynamic measurement of water retention curve with high capacity tensiometer. International Journal of Geomechanics.
  • Dejaloud, H. and Rezania, M. (2022). Application of enhanced rotational hardening rules to an anisotropic clay model. ICSMGE 2022, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dejaloud, H. and Rezania, M. (2022). A Bounding Surface Constitutive Model with Moving Projection Centre for Highly Overconsolidated Clays. ICSMGE 2022, Sydney, Australia.
  • Ma, G., Rezania, M. and Mousavi Nezhad, M. (2022). Probabilistic Post-failure Analysis of Landslides Using Stochastic Material Point Method with Non-Stationary Random Fields. ICSMGE 2022, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dejaloud, H. and Rezania, M. (2021) Adaptive anisotropic constitutive modelling of natural clays. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 45: 1756-1790.
  • Rezania, M. and Dejaloud, H. (2021) BS-CLAY1: Anisotropic bounding surface constitutive model for natural clays. Computers and Geotechnics, 135(104099): 1-14.
  • Bagheri, M. and Rezania, M. (2021). Geological and geotechnical characteristics of London clay from the Isle of Sheppey. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 39, 1701-1713.
  • Rezania, M., Bagheri, M. and Mousavi Nezhad, M. (2020) Creep and consolidation of a stiff clay under saturated and unsaturated conditions. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 57(5), 728-741.

Projects and Grants

Major grants include:

  • Project coordinator and PI: From Mining Waste to Valuable Resource: New Concepts for a Circular Economy (MINRESCUE). Funded by European Commission (EC) Research Fund of Coal and Steel (EC-RFCS); 2020-2024; 3.18 M €.
  • Co-I: Removal and mitigation of pollution from the use of pesticides (RECYCLE). Funded by EC-Horizon2020-RISE; 2020-2024; 1.35 M €.
  • Co-I: Trapping and removal of X-ray contrast medium agents from water resource and stream sediments (REMEDI). Funded by EC-Horizon2020-ITN; 2020-2024; 1.35 M €.
  • Co-I: Smarter Lignite Open Pit Engineering Solutions (SLOPES). Funded by EC-RFCS; 2015-2018; 3.30 M €.

Prospective Collaborators

I am always looking for high quality PhD students or collaborators to work on current or new research projects. Please directly contact if interested.