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Department of Engineering

Professor Allan McRobie


Allan McRobie

Professor of Structural Engineering

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Structures

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32761


Research interests

Allan McRobie’s research interests are in structural engineering, with particular focus on complex dynamic load environments such as wind excitation of bridges and crowd loading, together with extreme value theory for rational risk management associated with “high consequence, low probability” events that can lead to structural failure. Allan has further interests in water and sanitation infrastructure, particularly in megacity slums.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Water and sanitation infrastructure in megacity slums.

Complex, resilient and intelligent systems

Extreme Value Theory associated with high-consequence, low-probability events.

Research projects

Teaching activity

Lectures on structural steel design, stability theory, dynamics and water engineering.


Following seven years structural and water engineering design experience, mostly on large civil infrastructure projects in Australia, Allan returned to academia to undertake research in structural engineering.