Majid Sedighi is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. He is also the Head of Internationalisation (Africa and the Middle East) at the Faculty of Sceince and Engineering. Majid currently holds an Adjunct Professor position in Geoenvironmental Engineering position at Zhejiang University in China. He joined the University of Manchester in 2015, following a period of four years working as a UNESCO Research Fellow at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, Cardiff University (2011-2015). He is a Civil Engineer with an MSc and PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. He also worked as a Senior Design Engineer in consulting engineers for five years (2002-2007) on various structural and geotechnical projects.
His expertise and research interest cover areas of geo-energy and geo-environmental engineering with a focus on coupled phenomena and chemically controlled processes in geo-materials. He completed his PhD on coupled thermal, hydraulic, chemical and mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils at Cardiff University. In his PhD, he advanced the understanding of chemically coupled processes in compacted clays. He has developed reactive transport models under coupled THCM formulations which have been used for studying the behaviour of compacted clay barriers in the context of geological disposal of high level radioactive waste.
He has managed and co-directed the scientific developments of several research projects on i) geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste (SAFE Barriers funded by EPSRC, Rock thermal data analysis and inverse modelling through two projects funded by Posiva Oy and Petrus III programme), ii) geological carbon sequestration, ground source heat, advanced computational modelling and decision support system development as part of a £10M European funded research project on geoenergy problems at Cardiff University. His current research projects focus on erosion of clay buffer in geological disposal, water treatment technologies and soil salinity. He has supervised more than 12 PhD students since 2011 who have worked on laboratory/field scale experimental and computational research projects.
He has developed more than 50 research outputs including peer 25 reviewed journal papers, 2 book chapters, 2 keynote papers, 20 conference papers/abstracts and 2 monographs. He is the recipient of two Best Paper Awards including the ICE’s Environmental Geotechnics Prize in2019.
He leads the Geo-Environmental research theme and activities in the School of Engineering. He is also a member of the Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation at the University of Manchester.