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Prof Stana Zivanovic

Associate Professor (E&R)


Telephone: 01392 727062

Extension: (Streatham) 7062

Professor Stana Zivanovic joined the University of Exeter in September 2018, after nine years at the University of Warwick (2009-2018), seven years (including PhD studies) at the University of Sheffield (2002-2009) and three years at the University of Belgrade (1999-2002).

Research interests

Stana's research interests are in modelling human-induced dynamic loading within civil infrastructure, human-structure interactions, human response to vibration and other stimuli and vibration performance of lightweight structures (e.g. fibre-reinforced polymer, FRP, composite, aluminium and other structures). Reconciling demands for both vibration serviceable and sustainable structures is another area of growing interest. In collaboration with biomechanics and human motion scientists, Stana is investigating kinematics, kinetics and control of walking and other forms of human locomotion in the presence of vibration perturbations. For this purpose, she recently built a lively, 20m long, all-FRP footbridge structure. She is also interested in channeling her research findings into design recommendations for structural engineers.

Stana is a Guest Editor of a Special Issue on Vibration Serviceability of Civil Engineering Structures in the Vibration journal and a Member of the Editorial Advisory Panel for the Structures and Buildings journal as well as a co-organiser of a Vibration session at the IMAC conference in the USA. She has active collaborations with a number of prestigious universities, such as Monash University (Australia), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Tongji University (China), KU Leuven (Belgium), TU Delft (Netherlands) as well as industrial partners (e.g. Arup, TSP Projects, Pipex px, Network Rail and Jacobs).

PhD and postdoctoral positions

If you are interested in conducting research under the supervision of Prof. Zivanovic, you are invited to contact her to discuss a research topic and potential funding route. In adition, check out the information about applying for PhD studies in Exeter on our website as well as Vacancies link on this webpage. 

Selected grants