Dr Nikolai Bobylev PhD

Dr Nikolai Bobylev

Department of Civil Engineering
Marie Curie Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Nikolai Bobylev is an environmental scientist working on urban infrastructure, environmental assessment, and multiple criteria decision analysis. Dr. Bobylev has published more than 30 research papers on environmental and urban development issues.


  • PhD in geoecology, 2003 
  • Engineer (civil-hydraulic engineering), 1998


Dr. Bobylev has graduated with distinction from and defended a PhD at the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg, Russia. Over the years of research career Dr. Bobylev has been working at the Hamburg University of Technology, United Nations University, University of Tokyo, Ruhr University Bochum, Technical University of Lisbon, University of East Anglia, and Technical University of Berlin.

Dr. Bobylev has received several prestigious research awards, major of them are fellowships of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and Marie Curie of the European Community. Dr. Bobylev has been contributing to numerous events under NATO Science program, World Bank Urban Research Symposium, and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Dr. Bobylev is affiliated with the School of Geography and the Environment, St.Petersburg State University, and School of Innovation Science, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University as an Associate Professor; and with St. Petersburg Research Centre for Ecological Safety of the Russian Academy of Sciences as a Lead Scientist.


Teaching programmes 

  • Decision Analysis (St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University)
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (St. Petersburg State University) 
  • Urban Environment (St. Petersburg State University) 
  • Risk Analysis (St. Petersburg State University)

Postgraduate supervision

Urban infrastructure and the Environment.


Research themes

  • urban infrastructure,
  • urban underground space,
  • environmental assessment,
  • multiple criteria decision analysis,
  • climate change adaptation,
  • ecosystem services
  • urban sustainability (infrastructure and land use planning)

Research activity

Recent Projects: 

  • Sustainable Infrastructure for Resilient Urban Environments 
  • Improvement of education in the field of environmental management 
  • Global Urban growth: environment and sustainable underground infrastructure 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Underground Structures

Other activities


Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology; Journal of Environmental Management; Environmental Management; Building and Environment, Journal of Zhejiang University-Science A; Planning Practice & Research; Automation in Construction, International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchy Process, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal.

Membership in professional societies:

Russian Society for Soil Mechanics, Geotechniques, and Foundation Engineering; Russian Pugwash Group; International Association for Impact Assessment; ITACUS – International Tunnelling Association Committee on Underground Space.


  • Wende, W., Bond, A., Bobylev, N., Stratmann, L. (2012) Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Strategic Environmental Assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Volume 32, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 88–93, Elsevier. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2011.04.003
  • Sterling, R., Admiraal, H., Bobylev, N., Parker, H., Godard, J.P., Vähäaho, I., Rogers, C.D.F., Shi, X., Hanamura T. (2012) Sustainability Issues for Underground Space in Urban Areas. Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning, 32p. DOI: 10.1680/udap.10.00020
  • Bobylev, Nikolai (2010) Underground Space Use in the Alexanderplatz Area, Berlin: research into the quantification of Urban Underground Space use. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Volume 25, Issue 5, September 2010, Pages 495-507. Elsevier, doi:10.1016/j.tust.2010.02.013
  • Wende, W., Huelsmann, W., Marty, M., Penn-Bressel, G., Bobylev, N. (2010) Climate Protection and Compact Urban Structures in Spatial Planning and Local Construction Plans in Germany. Land Use Policy Volume 27, Issue 3, July 2010, Pages 864-868. Elsevier. pp. 864-868. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2009.11.005
  • Bobylev, Nikolai (2011) Comparative analysis of environmental impacts of selected underground construction technologies using analytic network process. Automation in Construction, Elsevier. Volume 20, Issue 8, December 2011, Pages 1030-1040. doi:10.1016/j.autcon.2011.04.004
  • Bobylev, Nikolai (2009) Mainstreaming Sustainable Development into a City’s Master Plan: a Case of Urban Underground Space Use. Land Use Policy, Volume 26, Issue 4, October 2009, Pages 1128-1137. Elsevier. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2009.02.003.
  • Bobylev, Nikolai (2006) Strategic environmental assessment of urban underground infrastructure development policies. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Elsevier. Volume 21, Issues 3-4, 2006.. ISSN: 0886-7798. Pages 469 – 479. doi:10.1016/j.tust.2005.12.106
  • Bobylev, Nikolai (2010) Ecosystem Services in the Context of Human Development. In: P.H. Liotta et al. (eds.) Achieving Environmental Security: Ecosystem Services and Human Welfare. IOS Press, Amsterdam pp. 183 - 205. ISBN 978-1-60750-578-5.
  • Bobylev, Nikolai (2009) Multiple Criteria Decision Making and Environmental Security: Analytic hierarchy process application for water resources security threats identification and management. In: Illangasekare T, Mahutova K, Barich J. (eds.) Decision Support for Natural Disasters and Intentional Threats to Water Security. NATO Science Series: IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Springer. pp. 213-228. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-2713-9_15. ISBN: 978-90-481-2713-9

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