Imperial College London

Professor Julian J Bommer

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Research Investigator



j.bommer Website CV




Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professional Activities:

I served on the full-time academic staff at Imperial College from 1994 until 2011, promoted to the position of Professor of Earthquake Risk Assessment in 2006. During my 17 years on the academic staff I supervised to successful completion 15 PhD students, and taught subjects related to Engineering Seismoloy, Risk Analysis, Professional Engineering Practice, and Energy, at undergraduate and Masters level. I also held a number of departmental posts, including Postgraduate Tutor (1996-2000), Senior Tutor (2001-2003) and Director of Undergraduate Studies (2004-2010). In the last role I coordinated the introduction of new 4-year MEng curriculum in Civil Engineeing.

In August 2013 I rejoined the academic staff on a part-time basis as a Senior Research Investigator and am engaged with some research in the Department and continue to publish (Web of Science h-index currently 44) as well as contributing to some teaching modules, I am mainly engaged in seismic hazard projects around the world, primarily for nuclear applications but also related to large dams, bridges and other major infrastructure projects, including the Panama Canal expansion. I am also working on some projects related to the hazard and risk due to induced seismicity. Details of these projects are in my CV.

Areas of Expertise:

Engineering Seismology: earthquake ground-motion characterisation and prediction; definition of earthquake actions for seismic design; seismic hazard assessment for natural and induced seismicity; earthquake loss estimation and risk analysis.



Kruiver PP, Pefkos M, Meijles E, et al., 2021, Incorporating dwelling mounds into induced seismic risk analysis for the Groningen gas field in the Netherlands, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, ISSN:1570-761X

Verdon J, Bommer J, 2021, Comment on "Activation Rate of Seismicity for Hydraulic Fracture Wells in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin" by Ghofrani and Atkinson (2020), Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, ISSN:0037-1106

Rodriguez-Marek A, Bommer J, Youngs RR, et al., 2021, Capturing epistemic uncertainty in site response, Earthquake Spectra, Vol:37, ISSN:8755-2930, Pages:921-936

Edwards B, Crowley H, Pinho R, et al., 2021, Seismic hazard and risk due to induced earthquakes at a shale gas site, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol:111, ISSN:0037-1106, Pages:875-897


Baker JW, Bradley BA, Stafford P, 2021, Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis, Cambridge University Press, ISBN:9781108425056

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