Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Professor of Structural Geology



+44 (0)20 7594 6466j.cosgrove




2.39ARoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






  • Professor Imperial College   2006-present
  • Reader Imperial College   2001-2006
  • Lecturer Imperial College   1973-2001
  • Post doc McMaster University, Canada   1972-1973
  • PhD Imperial College   1972
  • MSc Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics, Imperial College   1969
  • BSc Geology and Chemistry, Aston University   1968

Recent Measures of Esteem

  • 2007 Award for Teaching Excellence in Engineering Education
  • 2007 Imperial College Teaching Fellow award winner
  • 2006 Member Swedish Nuclear Fuel & Waste Management Site Evaluation and Review Group
  • 2004 Paul Fourmarier Prize and Gold Medal, Royal Academy of Belgium
  • 2003 Geologists' Association council member

Research Interests

  • The links between stress, fracture and fluid flow in the crust
  • The movement of fluids through low permeability rocks
  • The generation of fractured rock masses and their properties.
  • The links between structural geology and rock mechanics



Wang X, Jardani A, Jourde H, et al., 2016, Characterisation of the transmissivity field of a fractured and karstic aquifer, Southern France, Advances in Water Resources, Vol:87, ISSN:0309-1708, Pages:106-121

Vandeginste V, John CM, Cosgrove JW, et al., 2014, Dimensions, texture-distribution, and geochemical heterogeneities of fracture- related dolomite geobodies hosted in Ediacaran limestones, northern Oman, Aapg Bulletin, Vol:98, ISSN:0149-1423, Pages:1789-1809

Carreras J, Cosgrove JW, Druguet E, 2013, Strain partitioning in banded and/or anisotropic rocks: Implications for inferring tectonic regimes, Journal of Structural Geology, Vol:50, ISSN:0191-8141, Pages:7-21

Vandeginste V, John CM, van de Flierdt T, et al., 2013, Linking process, dimension, texture, and geochemistry in dolomite geobodies: A case study from Wadi Mistal (northern Oman), Aapg Bulletin, Vol:97, ISSN:0149-1423, Pages:1181-1207

Lehtonen A, Cosgrove JW, Hudson JA, et al., 2012, An examination of in situ rock stress estimation using the Kaiser effect, Engineering Geology, Vol:124, ISSN:0013-7952, Pages:24-37

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