Dr Danish Kazmi

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Dr Danish Kazmi completed his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. His PhD research investigated the potential use of crushed waste glass as a sustainable alternative to depleting traditional construction sands (natural and quarried) to backfill granular columns for in situ ground improvement. He is a pioneer globally in researching the potential use of crushed waste glass to backfill granular columns for ground improvement in clayey soil.

His research mainly focuses on developing sustainable geomaterials by recycling ever-increasing wastes as alternatives to diminishing and increasingly expensive natural aggregates in geotechnical construction, helping the transition to a circular economy.

Danish is a TEDx Speaker and delivered a TEDx Talk at TEDxBrisbane. He is also one of the youngest researchers ever from his centre at UQ to receive a PhD.

Danish won the prestigious Career Development Fellowship at UQ, funded by the Australian Government. He received the coveted UQ Global Change Scholar Award and Future Leader Award. He won the Young Science Ambassador Award for the Wonder of Science Program in Australia to help promote a STEM culture in Queensland schools. He is a passionate science communicator and a double award winner at the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) at the UQ’s School of Civil Engineering level. His PhD research has been featured in several Australian magazines and has led him to win several scholarships, alongside his selection to present at well-reputed live science communication events. Danish has published three high-definition UQ-branded Video Abstracts to communicate his research to the broader society and help maximise science outreach. Danish was interviewed by Inspiring Australia as part of Australia's National Science Week celebrations to help spark the interest of students in STEM education. He has successfully initiated cross-institutional research collaborations with world-leading national and international organisations and is an invited reviewer for various top-ranking scientific journals.

Danish currently works full-time as a Geotechnical Engineer in the Tunnels & Geotechnics Team (South Queensland Region) at GHD in the Australian industry. Previously, he worked as a full-time Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at UQ. He is passionate about helping to develop transformative civil and geotechnical engineering solutions through leading-edge research leveraging university-industry collaborations.

Danish is a UQ Global Change Scholar and Green Office Representative. He is an accredited Mental Health First Aider and a UQ Mental Health Champion. He is also a certified Carbon Literate. Danish cares deeply about the environment and believes planet Earth is our most valuable asset. Outside work, he enjoys volunteering for sustainability and social initiatives, connecting with nature, and spending time at the beach.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable geomaterials
  • Experimental soil mechanics
  • Geotechnical characterisation, shear strength and consolidation testing of geomaterials
  • Ground improvement (including granular columns/stone columns)
  • Geocomposite testing
  • Morphological characterisation of geomaterials through microscopic imaging and digital image analysis
  • Conservation of depleting natural sand and aggregates by utilising ever-increasing wastes (crushed waste glass, plastic waste etc.) in geotechnical construction.
  • Circular economy transitions in geotechnical construction

Research Impacts

TEDx Talk

Non-traditional Research Outputs

Media and Magazine Features

Research Collaborations and Engagements

  • University College London, UK
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • The University of Nottingham, UK
  • The University of Exeter, UK
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads (QLD), Australia
  • CSIRO, Australia

International Research Journal Reviewer

  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Acta Geotechnica
  • International Journal of Geomechanics
  • Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
  • Transportation Geotechnics
  • Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment
  • Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Developments in the Built Environment
  • Geotechnical and Geological Engineering
  • Geomechanics and Engineering - An International Journal


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Geotechnical Engineering, The University of Queensland


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