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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

Her current research interests are in the area of human-structure interactions and vibration performance of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) structures. 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 Dr Zivanovic, you are invited to contact her to discuss research topic of interest and potential funding routes. At the moment applications for a PhD scholarship (topic Pedestrian-structure dynamic interaction on wobbly bridges) are open until 30 Aril 2019. See this webpage for information how to apply. Applicants of any nationality who have background in structural/mechanical engineering, or biomechanics/human-motion science are eligible.

Recent grants