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Domenico Lombardi is the Programme Director for Civil Engineering and director of the geotechnical centrifuge facility. He is also one of the founding members of the Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation

Research interests:

Domenico's research interests are in natural disasters and climate change. 

Natural disasters: Recent research works have focused on probabilistic seismic hazard assessments for onshore/offshore sites (see paper 1, paper 2) and seismic risk assessment of energy infrastructure, including offshore wind farms, nuclear reactors (see paper) and dams (see paper). Recently, he has worked on frameworks for pricing catastrophe bonds (see paper).

Climate change: Domenico contributed to the latest UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (see Technical Report). The report was commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change to inform the UK Government’s next National Adaptation Programme as required by the 2008 Climate Change Act. In particular, he carried out an assessment of the risks and opportunities for the UK offshore industry from climate change.

Research impact: Domenico's research helps infrastructure owners, financial institutions, investors and (re)insurers to predict and manage geohazard- and climate-related risks (see blog post). His research work aims to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goal "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".


  1. "Seismic Design of Foundations: Concepts and Applications". see ICE Book Shop website.
  2. "Fundamentals of Engineering Mathematics". see ICE Book Shop website.

Current PhD projects:

1. 'Neo-deterministic seismic hazard assessment for the British Isles'. Funder: Next Generation Nuclear CDT, with financial support from EDF, UK.

2. 'Earthquake Catastrophe Bonds'. Role: main supervisor. Funder: MACE Doctoral Prize PhD Scholarship.

3. 'Climate and Environmental Risk Analysis for Resilient Critical Infrastructure'. Funder: EPSRC DTP Climate Emergency.

4. 'Probabilistic Seismic Risk Assessment for Dams in West-Africa'. Funder: PRESSID, Nigeria Government.

5. 'Lateral Soil-Structure Interaction of piled foundations in carbonate soils'. Funder: Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología  CONACyT, Mexico.

6. 'Numerical modelling of seismically-induced liquefaction using Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)'. Funder: China Scholarship Council.

7. "Modelling internal erosion processes in porous materials using Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics (SPH)". Funder: China Scholarship Council.


  • June 2022 - SPHERIC 2022 International Workshop, Catania, Italy.
  • May 2022 - Pint of Science, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • November 2021 - 5th World Landslide Forum, November 2 – 6, 2021, Kyoto, Japan.
  • January 2020 - (Invited Speaker). 2nd International Symposium on Seismic Performance and Design of Slopes, The University of Edinburgh, 18-22 January, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  • July 2019 - (Speaker) Southeast Symposium of Recent Developments in Geotechnics, Southeast University, 7-9 July, Nanjing, China.June 2019 - (Co-organiser and Chair) Special session and workshop at the "2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure", 23 – 26 June 2019, Chania, Greece. 
  • June 2019 - 7th lnternational Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (VII ICEGE), 17-20 June 2019, Rome, Italy.
  • December 2018 - (Invited speaker) "Innovations and Implementations in Earthquake Engineering Research", 8th Kwang-Hua Forum, Tongji University, State Key Laboratory of Disaster Reduction in Civil Engineering, Shanghai, China.
  • August 2018 - (Keynote Lecturer) "Effect of the post-cyclic hardening behaviour of liquefied soil on the seismic performance of slopes", International Symposium on Seismic Performance and Design of Slopes (ISSPDS, 2018), Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
  • February 2018 - (Member of Judging Panel) 49th Cooling Prize competition for 2018, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • August 2018 - (Keynote Lecturer) "Effect of the post-cyclic hardening behaviour of liquefied soil on the seismic performance of slopes", International Symposium on Seismic Performance and Design of Slopes (ISSPDS, 2018), Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
  • March 2017 - (Speaker) "Recent advances in soil liquefaction and seismic performance of structures", Tongji University, Shanghai, China. 
  • February 2017 - (Speaker) "The EEFIT Reconnaissance Mission to the August – October 2016 earthquake sequence of Central Italy". Institution of Structural Engineers, London, United Kingdom.
  • February 2017 - (Speaker & Chair) "First International Conference on Nuclear Power Plants; Structures, Risk & Decommissioning", Croydon, United Kingdom.  
  • February 2017 - "UK-China-India Workshop of Seismic Resilience of Nuclear Power Plants" in Guildford, United Kingdom.
  • June 2016 - (Speaker) - "Dynamic behaviour of pile-supported structures in liquefiable soils". Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan.
  • June 2016 -  "Developments in Earthquake Geotechnics". Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • May 2016 - (Speaker): "Effects of soil-structure interaction on seismic performance of piled foundations in liquefied soils". City University of London, London, United Kingdom.
  • March 2016 - (Chair): "Methods and modern technologies in nearshore-offshore surveying and seafloor geotechnics" at 1st International Workshop on Metrology for Geotechnics, Benevento, Italy.
  • November 2015 - (Speaker & Chair): "5th International Conference on Geotechnique, Construction Materials and Environment", Osaka, Japan.




Research interests

My group


Prospective PhD candidates: I am always looking for talented researchers to join my group. If you are interested in natural disasters and climate change, then feel free to get in touch by sending your resume.

Internships: I am currently unable to accept interns who aren't already studying at Manchester.

Academic visitors:  If you are interested in establishing collaborative research focused on natural disasters and climate change, please contact me.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Areas of expertise

  • Q Science (General)
  • Natural disasters
  • Climate Change
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Earthquakes
  • Resilience
  • vulnerability
  • QA76 Computer software
  • Machine learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Stochastic simulation

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Manchester Energy
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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