Varvara Zania

Associate Professor

  • Nordvej, 119, 163

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby



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Varvara Zania received her Diploma degree in Civil Engineering, and her Masters degree in Design and construction of underground structures, from the National Technical University of Athens. She pursued her PhD degree at the Technical University of Crete, where her research interests focused on the seismic distress of waste landfills. As a postdoctoral researcher in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), she has been investigating the soil response to train induced vibrations and the lateral loading behaviour of large diameter rigid piles. Dr. Zania was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Section of Geotechnics and Geology at DTU in 2012. She has been involved in teaching of postgraduate courses (Seismic and Wind Engineering, and Advanced Geotechnical Engineering). Her main research interests include soil – pile interaction, seismic slope stability, and dynamic soil response.

Other information

Language Skills:
English (advanced)
German (basics)
Danish (basics)
French (basics)

Research areas

Soil – Structure Interaction, Soil Dynamics, Dynamics of Structures, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Geosynthetics, Numerical Modeling,Geotechnical Engineering, Tunneling.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD “Seismic distress of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills: Failure Mechanisms and Mitigation measures”, Technical University of Crete, Division of Mechanics


Postgraduate Diploma (M.Sc.) “Design and construction of underground structures”, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)


Civil Engineering Diploma, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)


External positions

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department

2012 → …

Post Doctoral Researcher, Civil Engineering Department


Junior engineer, Consolidated Contractors international Company



  • User defined:
  • Geosynthetics
  • Soil Dynamics
  • Soil - Pile Interaction
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Soil – Structure Interaction


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