• 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 worked on dynamic soil-structure-interaction problems (train induced vibrations and soil-pile interaction). Dr. Zania was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Section of Geotechnics and Geology at DTU in 2012. Her main research interests include soil – structure interaction, centrifuge modelling, seismic slope stability, and dynamic soil response.

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Language Skills:
English (advanced), German (basics), Danish (basics), French (basics), Greek (native)

Research areas

  • Soil – Structure Interaction
  • Physical modelling
  • Soil Dynamics
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Geosynthetics
  • Soil improvement

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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

Post Doctoral Researcher, Civil Engineering Department


Junior engineer, Consolidated Contractors international Company



  • User defined:
  • Centrifuge modelling
  • Soil Dynamics
  • Soil – Structure Interaction
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering


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