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Derya Burcu Gulen BSc MSc

DPhil Student

COLLEGE: Christ Church


Burcu Gulen graduated from Istanbul Technical University (Turkey) as the highest-ranking student for her BSc in Civil Engineering (2015). She obtained her MSc degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the same university (2017). Her MSc work was in the area of geotechnical earthquake engineering and was funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). She investigated the undrained dynamic response of partially saturated sands as a liquefaction mitigation technique in her experimental study.

Burcu joined the University of Oxford in 2018 as a DPhil student in the Department of Engineering Science. She is a member of the Civil Engineering research group. In particular, she is working in geotechnical engineering and structural assessment research areas. Her DPhil work focuses on developing new and computationally efficient numerical models to assess tunnelling-induced damage in masonry buildings. Her DPhil study is funded by EPSRC, Department of Engineering Science and her college.


Research Interests

  • Computational structural mechanics
  • Finite element modelling
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Tunnelling
  • Masonry structures
  • Structural health monitoring

Current Projects

  • Developing computationally efficient numerical models to simulate tunnel-soil-structure interaction
  • Using fibre optic sensor and digital image correlation systems to monitor masonry building behaviour influenced by tunnelling-induced ground movements