Dr Stephen Welch

Senior Lecturer/Discipline Programme Manager Civ



+44(0)131 6505734


Alexander Graham Bell building

Social Media: 

Twitter: @welchsUK

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment

Research Theme: 

  • Fire Safety Engineering
Stephen Welch
Stephen Welch


Dr. Welch has a PhD in combustion and 20 years of experience in fire research and teaching, having worked for 9 years at BRE's Fire Research Station before joining the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. He is active in fire research across a range of topics and has had involvement as first or second supervisor of 20 graduated PhD students (9 current) and served as examiner for 20 more (including external examiner appointments).  He is programme director for the one-year MSc Structural and Fire Safety Engineering (SAFE), now in its ninth year, and a management board member for the International Master in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE), now in its seventh year.  He is currently the Discipline Programme Manager in Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Academic Qualifications: 

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

AIFireE, AIOP (Combustion Physics subgroup), IAFSS newsletter associate editor


Discipline Programme Manager, Civil & Environmental Engineering [WEF 1/1/14]

Programme Director and Personal Tutor for SAFE MSc

Management Board, International Master in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE)


Current teaching: Fire Safety Engineering 4/IMFSE, Engineering 1, Civil Engineering 1

Previous teaching: Fire Science Laboratory 5/SAFE/IMFSE, Fire Safety Engineering Design Project 5, Numerical Methods and Computing 2

Research Interests: 

Fire safety engineering

Active on the development and validation of computer modelling methods for fire-related problems in building and transport applications, spanning combustion, heat transfer, soot and toxic emissions, structural thermal response, sensor-steering and human response. Current research leadership in characterising thermo-mechanical response of composites and steel pressure vessels in fire (EU FCH-JU, BAM), fire safety in modern energy efficient buildings (Rockwool), advanced fire modelling (UKCTRF/RFSBTB), intelligent egress based on sensor-linked models (BRE Trust), and generalised structural-fire frameworks (OpenSees), etc.


  • Thermal analysis of structures in fire
  • Sensor-linked fire models
  • Fire hazard prediction, including smoke and toxic species
  • Thermo-mechanical response of composite and steel vessels in fire
  • Fire behaviour of energy efficient construction