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Comprised of academic staff and postgraduate researchers with expertise across the full range of geotechnics disciplines

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Geotechnics Academic and Teaching Staff A-Z

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 Antonio Carrero

Antonio Carraro

Senior Lecturer, PhD, MSc, BSc
Fundamental soil mechanics; Advanced laboratory testing of soils; Sustainable geomaterials; Intermediate soils; Offshore sediments.
 Jardine, Richard

Richard Jardine

Professor of Geomechanics, FREng, MSc, DIC, PhD, FICE, FCGI
Deputy Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Soil mechanics; Constitutive behaviour; Laboratory and field experiments; Instrumentation; Geotechnical design; Soft Ground engineering; Deep foundations; Offshore geotechnics; Geohazards; Cold region geotechnics.
 Stavroula Kontoe

Stavroula Kontoe

Senior Lecturer, MSc, DIC, PhD, CEng, MICE
Director of MSc in Soil Mechanics
Computational geomechanics; Earthquake engineering; Site response; Dynamic behaviour of soils and earth structures. 
 James Lawrence

James Lawrence

Senior Lecturer, PhD
Upper Cretaceous carbonates (Chalk), geological disposal of radioactive waste, geomechanics, structural geology, petroleum reservoir characterisation, modelling slope instability, coastal recession related to the impact of climate change and weathering of rock.  
 Catherine O'Sullivan

Catherine O'Sullivan

Professor of Particulate Soil Mechanics, PhD, MIEI
Discrete element modelling; Particulate soil mechanics; Micro-computed tomography; Internal erosion; Stress wave propagation; Cyclic soil response; Validation of discrete element models (DEM).
 Dave Potts

Dave Potts 

GCG Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, PhD, FREng, CEng, FICE
Application of FEM to geotechnical problems; Geotechnical numerical analysis; Constitutive modelling; Soil-structure interaction.
 Jamie Standing

Jamie Standing

Reader in Ground EngineeringPhD, CEng, MICE
Soil-structure interaction; Tunnelling and deep excavations; Field monitoring; Piles; Model testing; Partly saturated soils and residual soils. 
 David Taborda

David Taborda

Senior Lecturer,  DIC, PhD 
Computational geomechanics; Constitutive modelling of soils; Soil dynamics; Cyclic soil behaviour; Soil-Structure interaction; Geothermal energy systems; Thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of soils; Optimisation algorithms.
 Katerina Tsiampousi

Katerina Tsiampousi

Lecturer PhD
THM modelling of geo-materials; behaviour of partially saturated media in deep nuclear repositories; reliability and risk of geotechnical structures (excavations, tunnels, slopes, foundations); behaviour of railway embankments under seasonal changes in suction.
 Lidija Zdravkovic

Lidija Zdravkovic

Professor of Computational Geomechanics, DIC, PhD 
Head of Geotechnics Section
Development and application of FEM in geotechnical engineering; Constitutive modelling; Unsaturated soils; THM modelling of geomaterials; Soil-structure interaction; Laboratory testing of soils.
Geotechnics Academics A-Z
Geotechnics Academics A-Z

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Geotechnics Research Staff A-Z

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 Reza Ahmai Naghadeh

Reza Ahmadi Naghadeh

Research Associate, PhD
ALPACA Project: Characterizing the Cyclic Behavior of  Chalk
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 Wenjie Cui

Wenjie Cui

ICFEP Research Associate, PhD
Numerical investigation of large-scale ground source energy systems and their interaction with other nearby systems or with existing structures
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 Giulia Ghiadistri

Giulia Ghiadistri

Research Assistant, PhD
Numerical modelling of unsaturated clays for nuclear waste disposal applications
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 Emil Ushev

Emil Ushev

Development of experimental techniques for the thermo-hydro-mechanical characterisation of soils 
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Peter Adesina

Peter Adesina

Started Oct 2018
Improving the resilience of Africa's dams and levees to internal erosion
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.; Sufian, A.
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Stewart Agar

Stewart Agar

Started October 2016
DInSAR for Analysis of Ground Deformation in the Rural UK
As part of the CDT in Nuclear Energy
Supervised by: Lawrence, J.A; Ghail, R.C.
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Sara Bandera

Sara Bandera

Started Oct 2017
Fundamental analysis of the influence of structure on clay behaviour
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.; Angioletti-Uberti, S.; Tangney, P. 
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Shiua Chen

Sihua Chen

Started Oct 2017
Thermo-hydro-mechanical characterisation of London clay
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Carraro, JAH.
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Camelia Dominguez

Camelia Dominguez

Started Oct 2017
Advanced experimental characterisation of offshore sediments subjected to multidirectional loading
Supervised by: Carraro, JAH.Zdravkovic, L.
Justyna Edgar

Justyna Edgar

Started Oct 2016
The origins of Harwich formation
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Supervised by: Lawrence, J.AGhail, R.C.
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Luai Elhusain

Luai Elhusain

Started Jan 2018
Experimental investigation into collapsible soils from Sudan 
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.
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 Giulia Marianna Ghiadistri

Giulia Marianna Ghiadistri

Started Oct 2015
Numerical study of bentonite buffers homogenisation upon re-saturation
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Potts, D.M.Tsiampousi, A.
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 Benjamin Guo

Benjamin Guo 

Started Oct 2016
The re-use and sustainability of flood defences
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Tsiampousi, A.Onof, C.
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 Hendarto Hendarto

Hendarto Hendarto 

Started Jan 2016
Assessing local and global displacements from tunnelling and water extraction in Jakarta
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.
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 Hoang Nguyen

Hoang Nguyen

Started February 2016
Micromechanics of shear wave propagation and small-strain stiffness in granular soil
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.
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 Andrew Kirkham

Andrew Kirkham

Started Oct 2016
Numerical study of bentonite buffers homogenisation upon re-saturation
Supervised by: Tsiampousi, A.Potts, D.M.
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Marios Koronides

Marios Koronides

Started Oct 2018
Numerical investigations of field real-scale experiments involving dynamic soil-structure interaction
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.Zdravkovic, L.
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Ryan Liu

Ryan Liu

Started Oct 2017
Advanced thermo-hydro-mechanical interactions in underground structures
Supervised by: Taborda, D.
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Gosia Mider

Gosia Mider

Started Oct 2017
Understanding geological evolution of chalk cliffs and coastal processes using InSAR
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Lawrence, J.A.; Ghail, R.C.
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 Julia Katharina Moeller

Julia Katharina Moeller

Started Mar 2018
Seismic response of foundations for offshore wind turbine generators
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.Taborda, D.
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 Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan

Started Oct 2016
The role of faulting in London: How tectonic-scale processes influence site-scale geotechnical behaviour
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Lawrence, J.A.Ghail, R.C.
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 Santiago Quinteros Araujo

Santiago Quinteros Araujo

Started Oct 2017
Influence of sampling techniques and fabric on sand behaviour
Supervised by: Carraro, JAH.Jardine, R.
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Agustin Ruiz Lopez

Agustin Ruiz Lopez

Started Oct 2017
Development of advanced numerical models for cast iron tunnel linings
Supervised by: Tsiampousi, A.Standing, J.R.
 Eleonora Sailer

Eleonora Sailer

Started Oct 2015
Numerical analysis of thermo-active retaining structures
Supervised by: Taborda, D.Zdravkovic, L.
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Tara Sassel

Tara Sassel

Started Oct 2018
Simulating the build-up of soil pressures behind integral bridges
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.
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Jennifer Scoular

Jennifer Scoular

Started Oct 2017
Monitoring tunnel induced ground movements using satellite InSAR, verified with traditional surveying
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Lawrence, J.A.Mason, P.; Ghail, R.C.
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David Solans

David Solans

Started Mar 2018
Seismic performance and design of tailing dams
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.Zdravkovic, L.
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Ken Vinck

Ken Vinck

Started Oct 2016
Advanced laboratory testing to enable sustainable and cost-effective offshore wind turbine design 
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Supervised by: Jardine, R.J.
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Shawn Xue

Shawn Xue

Started Nov 2018
Ground response to tunnelling with an emphasis on arching mechanisms 
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.
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Ding Zhou

Ding Zhou

Started Oct 2017
Numerical analysis of double-O-tube tunnelling
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.
Email Ding
Geotechnics Research Students A-Z
Geotechnics Academics A-Z

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  Steve Ackerley

Steve Ackerley

Laboratory Research Officer, Geotechnics section
Room 526, +44 (0)207 594 6082, Email Steve
  Alan Bolsher  

Alan Bolsher 

Laboratory Technician, Geotechnics section
Room 526, +44 (0)207 594 6068, Email Alan
 Stef Karapanagiotidis

Stef Karapanagiotidis

Research Technician, Geotechnics
Room 526, +44 (0)207 594 6075, Email Stef
  Graham Keefe

Graham Keefe

Laboratory and Workshop Services Manager, Geotechnics section
Room 526, +44 (0)207 594 5987, Email Graham
  Sue Feller

Sue Feller

MSc Cluster Administrator, Geotechnics section
Room 529, +44 (0)207 594 6077, Email Sue
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Geotechnics Emeritus, Senior Research Investigators, Visitors and Honorary staff

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 Professor Julian Bommer

Professor Julian Bommer

Senior Research Investigator
Professor Julian Bommer specialises in seismic hazard assessment, for both natural and induced earthquakes, and the definition of inputs to earthquake-resistant design and seismic risk assessments. He works extensively on major engineering projects including nuclear power plants, both for operators and regulatory bodies.
 John Burland

Professor John Burland

Senior Research Investigator, Emeritus Professor of Soil Mechanics
Professor John Burland specialises in problems relating to the interaction between the ground and masonry buildings and has been responsible for the design of many large ground engineering projects. He has served as expert witness for Parliamentary Select Committees and advised on geotechnical aspects of projects, including the Big Ben Clock Tower, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City and the high profile Leaning Tower of Pisa.
 Dick Chandler

Professor Dick Chandler

Emeritus Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
Professor Chandler has a wide interest in geotechnical problems, but especially slope stability, landslides, tailings dams, piled foundations, and foundations in shrinking and swelling clays. He has been involved with numerous investigations in dam collapse projects and landslide problems both in the UK and overseas. 
 Mike de Freitas

Dr Mike de Freitas

Distinguished Research Fellow and Emeritus Reader in Engineering Geology
Dr Michael de Freitas' areas of expertise includes the application of geology at far- and near-field scales to engineering design and construction in soil and rock, at and below ground level, and including the prediction and control of ground water. He advises on industrial and contractual problems both in the UK and overseas for the private and public sectors. He is a member of the Geological Society and other Geological related Societies and served on the research grants committee of NERC. 
 Sarma Sarada

Dr Sarada Sarma

Emeritus Reader in Engineering Seismology
Dr Sarma has focused his research efforts in the fields of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. In 1973 he introduced the first Sarma Method followed by the second more popular Sarma Method in 1979 for analysing stability of slopes both for use in seismic as well as in static conditions. He has served as a consultant on a number of projects for industry and he was invited by the Government of India to advise on the seismological and geotechnical aspects of earthquakes following the disastrous Bhuj Earthquake of India in January 2001.
Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators
Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators

Visiting and honorary staff

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George Dounias Visiting Professor: Director at EDAFOS SA, specialising in analysis, design and construction supervision of embankment dams, tunnels, deep foundations, landslide stabilisation and road earthworks.
Kelvin Higgins Visiting Professor: Formally Managing Partner at GCG. He has extensive experience of the design of deep excavations, foundations, retaining structures and tunnels.
Visiting and honorary staff
Visiting and honorary staff