Dr Sandra Cavanagh


I studied for my first degree in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield. After working for an engineering consultancy, I decided to pursue an academic career and joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Fluid Mechanics research group at UCL. My PhD investigated the scour behaviour of offshore pipelines when subject to two-directional flows.

On completion of my PhD, I was employed as a researcher for the University of Surrey working on a project investigating the behaviour of a shear sensitive liquid crystal for mapping shear stress concentrations on aircraft.

Since working at Kingston, I have been investigating the performance of Waterwheels and Reverse Archimedes Screws and their use in hydropower.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • PGcert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Kingston University
  • PhD in Fluid Mechanics University College London
  • BEng in Civil and Structural Engineering University of Sheffield