Mr Cyprien Niyigena


Pronouns: He/him
  • Doctoral Researcher

Research groups and centres

Research and expertise

I am a Civil Engineer with specialisation in geotechnical engineering.

My research expertise focuses on developing a novel hydro-geomechanical model for rainfall-induced shallow landslides. This involves coupling of water balance model with a mechanical model to reflect the hydrological processes that drive the changes in effective stress at critical depths to develop spatially distributed assessments of landslide-triggering processes.

Current research activity 

  • Hydro-geomechanical modelling for rainfall-induced landslides in the North-West of Rwanda


I am a PhD student at Loughborough University doing a research project on slope stability.

I worked in academia for 7 years before joining Loughborough University: I completed a BSc in Civil Engineering and a Diploma in Mining Engineering. I recently completed an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering with distinction from the University of Exeter, and I worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Rwanda (contributing to the teaching of the following modules: Soil Mechanics, Rock Mechanics, Tunnel Design Engineering, Project Management, Introduction to Mining, Surface and Underground Mining Engineering).

I have contributed to research projects addressing geotechnical issues, mainly slope stability in the mining industry, and participated in various geotechnical investigations and designs for both the construction and mining industries.  

Professional affiliations

  • Institute of Engineers of Rwanda (IER)
  • Member of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA)
  • Member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • Member of the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRMRE)


  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission award: Fully funded PhD scholarship, 2022
  • Chevening award: Fully funded masters scholarship, 2019