Derya Deniz, PhD


Our three new projects have been recently awarded by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. These projects will help to support disaster resilience studies on communities !



This project will develop the trial application of citizen-science in relation to disasters by collecting data through social media and other channels. This approach consists of engaging communities to take part in those assessments through reporting and learning from the results

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In this research, a low-carbon construction system will be tested as a pilot for a larger project. This system which is an alternative to conventional earthquake-proof construction, encompasses structural resilience against earthquakes, and sustainable waste management. Congrats!

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This project will initiate international dialogue with disaster-affected communities, aid organisations and authorities to gather experiences and learnings from recent and ongoing disaster recovery processes that highlight the relevance of intangible heritage in these processes.

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Dr. Deniz is very excited to start the MULHARES project funded by EU-Horizon 2020 program/ Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship. See the MULHARES page !

Our journal paper entitled “Community Resilience-Focused Technical Investigation of the 2016 Lumberton, North Carolina, Flood: An Interdisciplinary Approach” is out as an open-publication source. Please check this link on ASCE Natural Hazards Review. 

From this link on DesignSafe-CI , you can download the collected dataset and the survey tools used in our technical investigation for Lumberton.

For proper citations, please use:

  • van de Lindt, J.W., Peacock, W.G., Mitrani-Reiser, J., Rosenheim, N., Deniz, D., Dillard, M., Tomiczek, T., Koliou, M., Graettinger, A., Crawford, P.S. and Harrison, K., 2020. Community Resilience-Focused Technical Investigation of the 2016 Lumberton, North Carolina, Flood: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Natural Hazards Review, 21(3), p.04020029.
  • Deniz, D. van de Lindt, J. Tomiczek, T. Koliou, M. Barbosa, A. Sutley, E. Peacock, W. Mitrani-Reiser, J. Jones, C. Coulbourne, W. (2020) “Building Damage Survey Instrument, November 26, 2016: Wave 1”, in A Longitudinal Community Resilience Focused Technical Investigation of the Lumberton, North Carolina Flood of 2016. DesignSafe-CI.
  • Peacock, W. Rosenheim, N. Gu, D. Van Zandt, S. Peek, L. Dillard, M. Tobin, J. Hamideh, S. (2020) “Household Survey Instrument, November 26, 2016: Wave 1”, in A Longitudinal Community Resilience Focused Technical Investigation of the Lumberton, North Carolina Flood of 2016. DesignSafe-CI.

I’m so honored to be a recipient of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship with a research project entitled ” A probabilistic decision framework for MULti-HAzard RESilience of residential building portfolios subjected to floods and landslides (MulHaRes; received a high project score of 98.6 /100)”. I’m so thrilled to start this exciting work!

With this great news, I also would like to celebrate the international day of all amazing Women in STEM!


Our two journal papers have been recently accepted by two prestigous SCI-indexed journals:

  • Community Resilience-Focused Technical Investigation of the 2016 Lumberton, North Carolina Flood: An Interdisciplinary Approach“, accepted by ASCE-Natural Hazards Review.
  • The Effect of Triaxiality on Finite Element Deletion Strategies for Simulating Fracture in Full-Scale Steel Structures“, accepted by Engineering Structures.



Accepted by ASCE-Natural Hazards Review



Accepted by Engineering Structures

Dr. Derya Deniz recently gave a seminar for Academy of Continuing Education at Ozyegin University, entitled “Flood Resilience of Building Structures”. She explained importance of disaster resilience for Turkey and gave details on her on-going TUBITAK 2232 project ““Flood Damage, Economical Loss and Functionality Models for Critical Industrial Structures in Turkey”. 

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Dr. Betuk Konukcu, a senior researcher at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, visited us in the last week of December and gave a seminar for our CE547-Structural Reliability class. Her seminar title was “Urban Resilience based Global Agendas and International Resilience Strategies on How to Increase Istanbul’s Capability and Capacity Against to Challenges“. She explained different perspectives of urban resilience  and mentioned how they are adopting the exisiting resilience tools for Istanbul. It was a really exciting and valuable seminar for us! Thank you Dr. Konukcu!




Dr. Emre Toprak, a senior structural engineer at ARUP’s Istanbul office, visited our research group at Ozyegin University and gave a seminar for our graduate course CE547- Structural Reliability (taught by Dr. Deniz in Fall 2019).  The seminar was an informative talk about hazard risk and resilience assessment methods (FEMA P-58 methodology and REDI rating system),  with a seminar title Resilience-based Earthquake Design and Risk Assessment”.  We all appreciate his visit. Thank you Dr. Emre Toprak !



Photo taken during Dr. Toprak’s seminar for the CE547 class, on December 4th, 2019.

Dr. Deniz has accepted to serve on the scientific commitee of the 9th Turkish Conference on Earthquake Engineering (9TCEE), which will be held in Istanbul in June 2020.

Also, an abstract by Dr. Deniz and her student Hasan Numan Olmez submitted to the 9TCEE, entitled “Holistic Seismic Performance Models for Industrial Buildings in Turkey”,  has been recently accepted to present at the conference.



In May 2019, Dr. Derya Deniz attended the 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP13) in Seoul, Korea. She presented her research entitled: “Flood Performance and Dislocation Assessment for Lumberton Homes after Hurricane Matthew”.

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In late June 2019, Dr. Deniz also joined the 2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure (ICONHIC2019), in Chania, Greece in late June,  to give two prsenations entitled: “Data-driven versus Simulation Approaches in Flood Performance Assessment of the Residential Buildings: A Case Study of 2013 Colorado Flood”  and “Collapse risk assessment of ductile frames under earthquake loadings using energy-based performance descriptors” :

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To get more information on the ICASP paper, please check: