Dr Gary Raftery

BE (1st class Hons), PhD


Gary Raftery is a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has two decades of research experience predominantly using experimental and numerical approaches with strong interests in advancing developments of durable and sustainable materials for a circular economy in the construction industry while delivering enhanced structural performance of elements and systems.

In 2015, he was awarded the Jim and Lord Hazel D Fellowship for research excellence. Prior to joining the University of Auckland in 2011, he was appointed to faculty at National University of Ireland in 2008 where he was awarded two university fellowships and his research supervision was recognised with a national award from the Wood Marketing Federation. He had previously worked as a design engineer, technical consultant and project manager in industry.

For his doctoral study which he conducted at National University of Ireland, he was awarded an Embark scholarship from the Irish Research Council, the most prestigious scholarship for PhD research in science, engineering and technology in Ireland. He graduated with a first class honours Bachelor in Engineering (Civil) from the National University of Ireland in 2003. 


  • BE (Civil Engineering), National University of Ireland 
  • PhD (Structural Engineering), National University of Ireland
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, National University of Ireland 

Research positions available

Positions are currently available for PhD and ME research projects. Please email g.raftery@auckland.ac.nz for details.

Research | Current

  • Development of sustainable materials for circular economy
  • Strengthening of structural elements and systems
  • Hybrid structural systems/Composite systems
  • Timber Engineering/Mechanics of engineered wood composites
  • Adhesives in structural systems
  • Durability performance of materials

Teaching | Current

Civil 250 Engineering Materials - Sustainable materials

Civil 312 Structures and Design 2 - Analysis and design

Civil 705 Engineering Project

Civil 713 Structures and Design 4 - Light timber frame design

Civil 738 Construction Technology

Civil 717 Advanced Timber Structures

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervision: 

  • Three PhD students as main supervisor  
  • Three PhD students as co-supervisor 



  • 2018 Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier 
  • 2017 Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Composites Part B: Engineering, Elsevier 
  • 2016 Jim and Hazel D. Lord Fellowship, The University of Auckland
  • 2016 Teaching Development Award, The University of Auckland 
  • 2015-2019 NZ representation on COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) FP1104, Basis of Structural Timber Design
  • 2015 Teaching Development Award, The University of Auckland 
  • 2013 Invited expert presentation at COST action FP1101 meeting
  • 2012 - Present NZ Timber Design Society TM-011 nominated representative                             
  • 2011-2015 NZ representation on COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) FP1101, Assessment,  Reinforcement and Monitoring of Timber Structures   
  • 2011 Working Visit Fellowship, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Ireland 
  • 2011 Supervisor Research Award, Wood Marketing Federation, Ireland                                     
  • 2010 University Fellowship, National University of Ireland, Galway                                             
  • 2008 University Fellowship, National University of Ireland, Galway 
  • 2003 Irish Research Council, Science Engineering and Technology - Embark Scholarship


Faculty Teaching and Learning Quality Committee

Faculty ITS & P Committee

Departmental Part IV presentation day

Department Part IV advisor

Areas of expertise

  • Structural engineering and design, Structural mechanics,
  • Structural materials: Timber, Steel, Concrete, FRP composites, Hybrid systems 
  • Experimental design and investigation
  • Nonlinear numerical modelling of structural systems

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of Structural Engineering Society 
  • Member of New Zealand Timber Design Society 
  • Member of Auckland Structural Group 
  • Member of Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand 
  • Member of Engineers Ireland
  • Member of Timber Research and Development Authority (UK)
  • Member of Forest Products Society (USA)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Raftery, G. M., & Rodd, P. D. (2015). FRP reinforcement of low-grade glulam timber bonded with wood adhesive. Construction and Building Materials, 91, 116-125. 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.05.026
  • Raftery, G. M., & Kelly, F. (2015). Basalt FRP rods for reinforcement and repair of timber. Composites Part B: Engineering, 70, 9-19. 10.1016/j.compositesb.2014.10.036
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24161
  • Raftery, G. M., & Harte, A. M. (2014). Material characterisation of fast-grown plantation spruce. Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings, 167 (6), 380-386. 10.1680/stbu.12.00052
  • Raftery, G. M., & Whelan, C. (2014). Low-grade glued laminated timber beams reinforced using improved arrangements of bonded-in GFRP rods. Construction and Building Materials, 52, 209-220. 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2013.11.044
  • Raftery, G. M., & Harte, A. M. (2013). Nonlinear numerical modelling of FRP reinforced glued laminated timber. Composites Part B: Engineering, 52, 40-50. 10.1016/j.compositesb.2013.03.038
  • Raftery, G. M., & Harte, A. M. (2011). Low-grade glued laminated timber reinforced with FRP plate. Composites Part B: Engineering, 42 (4), 724-735. 10.1016/j.compositesb.2011.01.029
  • Raftery, G. M., Harte, A. M., & Rodd, P. D. (2009). Bond quality at the FRP-wood interface using wood-laminating adhesives. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 29 (2), 101-110. 10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2008.01.006
  • Raftery, G. M., Harte, A. M., & Rodd, P. D. (2009). Bonding of FRP materials to wood using thin epoxy gluelines. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 29 (5), 580-588. 10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2009.01.004

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1012
New Zealand

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