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Staff Profile



Assistant Professor


School of Engineering
University of Warwick

Research Interests

Structural stability, steel structures, steel-concrete composite structures, numerical modelling, laboratory testing, development of structural steel design methods


Dr Merih Kucukler is an Assistant 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. Part of his PhD research received the Vinnakota Award of the US Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC). After obtaining his PhD, he worked at Imperial College London as a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the steel structures research group. 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, International Journal of Steel Structures, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and Structures. He is engaged in teaching in the subjects of computational modelling and steel structures. His research interests primarily lie in the areas of structural stability, laboratory testing, numerical modelling and development of structural steel design methods.


  • Kucukler, Merih, Xing , Zhe, Gardner, Leroy, 2020. Behaviour and design of stainless steel columns in fire. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 165, View
  • Xing , Zhe, Kucukler, Merih, Gardner, Leroy, 2020. Local buckling of stainless steel plates in fire. Thin-Walled Structures, 148, View
  • Kucukler, Merih, 2020. Compressive resistance of high-strength and normal-strength steel CHS members at elevated temperatures. Thin-Walled Structures, 152, View
  • Kucukler, Merih, 2020. Lateral instability of steel beams in fire : behaviour, numerical modelling and design. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 170, View
  • Kucukler, Merih, Gardner, Leroy, Bub, Yidu, 2020. Flexural-torsional buckling of austenitic stainless steel I-section beam-columns : testing, numerical modelling and design. Thin-Walled Structures, 152, View
  • Kucukler, Merih, Gardner, Leroy, 2019. Design of web-tapered steel beams against lateral-torsional buckling through a stiffness reduction method. Engineering Structures, 190, pp. 246-261, View

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • A fully-funded PhD studentship is available. See the following link for detailed information: