Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of Computational Geomechanics



+44 (0)20 7594 6076l.zdravkovic




530Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor of Computational Geomechanics

Head of Geotechnics

After graduating from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Belgrade in 1988, Lidija worked for four years as an academic member of staff at the same Faculty and was involved in teaching, research and consulting work concerned with both structural and geotechnical engineering problems. She came to the Department of Civil Engineering at Imperial College in 1992 to undertake PhD studies into soil strength and stiffness anisotropy, utilising the large IC hollow cylinder apparatus.

Since obtaining her PhD in 1996, Lidija has worked on the development and application of numerical methods in geotechnical engineering. This work involves the bespoke finite element code ICFEP and her particular input has been in the development of solution algorithms, constitutive models and boundary conditions for the analysis of unsaturated soils and soil dynamics problems, involving fully coupled hydro-mechanical soil behaviour. Her subsequent research interests have expanded to foundation systems for offshore wind turbines and modelling of temperature effects on soil behaviour, with application of the latter to nuclear waste disposal and exploration of geothermal energy. Lidija has applied numerical tools in the analyses of a wide range of geotechnical problems, both in her research and in consulting activities, the latter involving major recent projects such as Crossrail, Shard of Glass, Heathrow Terminal 5, Rome metro.

Lidija has written over 100 academic papers and has co-authored two books on finite element analysis in geotechnical engineering. She was a member of the Geotechnique Advisory Panel between 2003 and 2006, and has been an Editorial Board member for Computers and Geotechnics since 2010. She is also a UK representative and a core member of the Technical Committee (TC) 103 for numerical analysis, under the auspices of the ISSMGE and has served on the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) Executive Committee from 2010 to 2013. She delivered the Geotechniqe lecture in 2013. 

Areas of Expertise:

geotechnical numerical analysis; soil constitutive modelling; boundary conditions; solution algorithms; advanced soil behaviour;



Han BO, Zdravkovic L, Kontoe S, Analytical and numerical investigation of site response due to vertical ground motion, Geotechnique, ISSN:1021-8637

Cui W, Potts DM, Zdravkovic L, et al., 2017, An alternative coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical finite element formulation for fully saturated soils, Computers and Geotechnics, ISSN:0266-352X

Gawecka KA, Taborda DMG, Potts DM, et al., 2017, Numerical modelling of thermo-active piles in London Clay, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-geotechnical Engineering, Vol:170, ISSN:1353-2618, Pages:201-219

Han B, Zdravkovic L, Kontoe S, et al., 2017, Numerical investigation of multi-directional site KiK-net downhole array monitoring data, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol:89, ISSN:0266-352X, Pages:55-70

Pedro AMG, Zdravkovic L, Potts D, et al., 2017, Derivation of model parameters for numerical analysis of the Ivens shaft excavation, Engineering Geology, Vol:217, ISSN:0013-7952, Pages:49-60

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