Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Francesca Roscini

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow


Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Francesca Roscini is a Civil engineer with a strong background in earthquake engineering, sustainability and energy efficiency. Francesca obtained her BSc and MSc at the University of Perugia, Italy, and she started to develop an interest in the use of innovative solutions for strengthening applications during her BSc dissertation, for which she examined the durability of Steel Reinforced Grout (SRG) systems. As part of her MSc, she worked on the implementation of evolutionary algorithms for the automatic updating of finite element models and for the development of health monitoring and optimal structural rehabilitation strategies based on dynamic analyses.

Immediately after her MSc degree, she obtained the professional practice qualifications and enrolled in the Charter of Italian Engineers. After a few years as practicing engineer working on a variety of projects involving seismic design and energy efficiency solutions for buildings, Francesca joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Perugia University as a research fellow, where she investigated the ductility and seismic performance of structural elements made of concrete with recycled aggregates.

From November 2014 to October 2017, she carried out her PhD studies on the “Strengthening of masonry vaults with Steel Reinforced Grout” in the Department of Engineering of Roma Tre University. During her PhD, she secured a three month fellowship and joined the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield as visiting PhD Student. In addition to working on her main project, Francesca also coordinated various experimental programmes in the structure laboratory of Roma Tre, including small-scale tests for the mechanical characterization and certification of FRP and FRCM strengthening systems, as well as full-scale tests to assess their structural performance. After her PhD, Francesca remained at Roma Tre University as research associate and managed a large research programme that focused on developing qualification procedures for SRG strengthening systems, including material characterisation and design recommendations. She also supervised and co-supervised BSc and MSc students in the areas of seismic design and Structural Rehabilitation.

Research project(s)

GRE.A.TE.R.S. GREen Advanced TEchnologies for the Retrofitting of masonry Structures

Urban safety and seismic risk mitigation are two reasons policymakers and structural engineers around the world are focusing more resources on historic buildings that have been constructed from unreinforced masonry (URM). Over the past decades, various retrofitting and strengthening approaches have been implemented to improve the integrity of the structures,...