Prof. David P Connolly

Prof. David P Connolly


David Connolly is Professor of Railway Engineering within the School of Civil Engineering.  He is known for his work on railway track dynamics, ground-borne vibration, settlement and geotechnical engineering.  He is a core member of the Institute for High Speed Rail and Systems Integration, where he leads on railway track related research, and is the founder of the ‘Railway Engineering with Project Management’ MSc. Prior to this he worked at Heriot Watt University, Scotland, also focusing on railways. He holds a PhD in Railway Engineering from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and a first class honours in Civil Engineering, also from the same University. He is a chartered professional engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng MICE), and a Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution (FPWI).


  • Head of Civils/Track research at the Institute for High Speed Rail & Systems Integration
  • Programme Manager - Railway Engineering with Project Management

Research interests

David Connolly has won research funding from a variety of funders, including: EPSRC, Innovate UK, The Leverhulme Trust and the European Comission.  He has also been awarded grants directly from industry.  He is currently primary supervisor for 4 PhD students and his research interests include: Railway track dynamics, differential settlement, ground-borne vibration, critical velocity, soil-structure interaction.  He currently has openings for self-funded PhD study – please email him directy for more information.

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Student education

David Connolly is the programme leader for the ‘Railway Engineering with Project Management’ MSc, and teaches several modules on this programme.

Research groups and institutes

  • Cities, Infrastructure and Energy
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