Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Giacomo Torelli

Lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering


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


Giacomo studied his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering at the University of Florence, specialising in structural analysis and computational methods. During this time, he also spent six months at University College London studying the effects of earthquakes on masonry heritage work.

In October 2014, Giacomo joined the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester to study his PhD in the numerical modelling of concrete. His research focused on the formulation of a novel behaviour law for concrete subjected to transient high temperatures. This involved developing new formulations and algorithms to implement numerically in software to predict the behaviour of concrete subjected to high temperatures and multiaxial stresses. During his PhD, he also worked as a temporary lecturer at the University of Manchester for two years.

In November 2017, Giacomo joined the University of Cambridge as a Research Associate in the Concrete & Composite Structures Group within the Civil Engineering Division of the Engineering Department. His postdoctoral research focused on enhancing the characteristics of reinforced concrete while reducing the amount of cement. Cement is the most CO2 intensive ingredient of concrete, so using it only where it’s strictly necessary and reducing its proportions in concrete mixes works towards making our construction practices have less of a negative impact on the environment.