Dr Mohsen Besharat

Dr Mohsen Besharat


I am a Lecturer in Hydraulics and Water Systems at the School of Civil Engineering. My background comprises different roles and experiences in industrial design tasks, research projects, administration duties and teaching. I have contributed to various European research projects including HYLOW European project in 2013 and the REDAWN European project in 2016. I am a member of the Task Committee at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where I am contributing to authoring a monograph on practical issues in urban water infrastructure arising from two-phase transient situations (see more details here).


  • Curriculum Redefined Lecturer

Research interests

My current research interests are linked to two-phase pressurised flows. I am interested in the application of different numerical models (Elastic, Rigid, CFD, etc) in simulations of adverse transient effects as well as gas and liquid interactions. I am also interested in studying protective devices for liquid pipelines such as air valves and air vessels.

In addition to that, I am keen on improving the sustainability of water infrastructure through improving efficiency or offering new energy solutions. In that sense, I am working on micro energy storage solutions following compressed air energy storage (CAES) concepts.

I am a guest editor in a special issue at Sustainability, MDPI to collect quality research related to water infrastructure with the objectives of improving sustainablity and achieving net-zero (see the special issue here).

Another area that I am keen on exploring is related to pedagogic research to spot, highlight and disseminate valuable practices in improving students’ learning. 

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)

Research groups and institutes

  • Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering
  • Sustainable and resilient infrastructure
  • Cities, Infrastructure and Energy
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>