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Centre for Sustainable Development

Est 2000 - home of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

Wei (Viviane) Bi has a compound education background in construction management. She received her Bachelor of Engineering degree and MPhil degree from the Southeast University (Nanjing, China), majoring in Construction Management and Management Science & Engineering respectively. She has won the National Scholarship of the Ministry of Education of China twice and been awarded the title of Outstanding Graduate twice. During the second year of her master study, she exchanged at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Paris, France) and received her Master in Management degree, supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Before coming to Cambridge, Wei worked as a research assistant at the University of Hong Kong for several months, focusing on optimizing construction waste management from the perspective of waste collection and transportation.

Wei is now a first-year PhD student supervised by Dr. Kristen MacAskill in the Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD). Her advisor is Dr. Jennifer Schooling, the director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC).

She is a member of Newnham College.


Research interests:

Wei’s research interests are in the Resilience of Lifeline Infrastructure under Climate Change. Her PhD research focuses on flood resilience assessment and optimization of urban rail transit systems (URTS). Motivated by recent frequent tragedies of metro flooding, her research aims to assist URTS to cope more effectively with the unpredictable uncertainties of flood events and achieve safe and reliable operation through resilience management.



  • English journals:

Bi, W., Lu, W., Zhao, Z., & Webster, C. (2021) Combinatorial optimization of construction waste collection and transportation: A case study of Hong Kong. Resources, Conservation & Recycling. Accepted. [SCI; JCR Q1; 2021IF: 10.204]

  • Chinese journals:

Bi, W., Tang, Y., Mao, T., Sun, X., & Li, Q. (2021) Review on urban infrastructure system resilience management methods. China Safety Science Journal. 31(06), 14-28. [CSCD]


Wei’s LinkedIn page can be found at:


Ms Wei Bi