UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Professor Liz Varga

Professor Liz Varga

Professor of Complex Systems

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Nov 2018

Teaching summary

I teach the following modules at UCL which appear on a range of engineering masters' programmes and are offered to third year engineering undergraduates.

CEGE0007 - Digitalisation in Infrastructure Systems (I am also the Module Coordinator)

CEGE0020 - Systems, Society, Sustainability

CEGE0120 - Introduction to Complex Infrastructure Systems (I am also the Module Coordinator)

I also supervise MEng students on their civil engineering project CEGE0017/18 and MSc students on their dissertations CEGE0049.


Cranfield University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
Cranfield University
Other higher degree, Master of Business Administration | 2002
Open University
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1989


I have a chair in Complex Systems in UCL's Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE). My area of research is economic (aka linear) infrastructure which provides critical services to people, society and the economy. I direct the Infrastructure Systems Institute which investigates grand challenges on the resilience, sustainable innovation, efficiency, etc. of integrated transport, energy, water, waste and telecommunications systems.

Prior to joining UCL, I was Professor of Complex Infrastructure Systems at Cranfield University, UK where I led a team on the computational modeling of interventions into infrastructure systems, such as water, energy, food nexuses.

My PhD awarded in 2009 is on the evolution of the supply chain in the aerospace manufacturing industry. It investigated the co-evolution of firms in aerospace and the emergence of synergetic characteristics that created waves of industrial transitions.