Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Engineering Seismology & Earthquake Engineering



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Dr Stafford is a Reader in the Structures section of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. His principle areas of investigation and expertise relate to the fields of Engineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering. However, he also maintains active research interests in applications of probabilistic methods to engineering applications (Structural Reliability Theory), and applied Structural Dynamics.

Dr Stafford initially became of member of faculty in 2007 as a Lecturer in Modelling Engineering Risk. Since that time he has contributed to teaching at late-stage MEng, MSc & PhD levels. Given that the majority of his students are very close to entering industry, Dr Stafford draws upon the experience he gained prior to entering academia as both a Structural and Geotechnical engineering consultant. He also draws upon his recent and ongoing research-driven consulting activities to provide realistic examples and appropriate industrial context for his teaching.

Currently, Dr Stafford serves as the Director of the MSc programme in Advanced Structural Engineering and also holds the role the Department Careers Adviser.


An indicative sample of recent and ongoing areas of activity can be found at Dr Stafford’s research page. However, this page focusses upon his activity in Engineering Seismology and Seismic Risk. A more generic view of his research interests are provided in the list below:

  • Engineering Seismology
    • Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis
    • Development of ground-motion models
    • Advanced approaches to regression analysis
  • Earthquake Engineering
    • Probabilistic seismic demand analysis
    • Earthquake loss estimation
    • Incremental dynamic analysis
  • Dynamic Response of Bridges
    • Earthquake response of conventional and under-deck cable-stayed bridges
    • Pedestrian-induced vibration, human-structure interaction, and advanced load modelling
    • Vehicle-structure interaction
  • Structural Reliability
    • Reliability of components and systems
    • Reliability methods in Engineering Seismology & Earthquake Engineering
  • Tensegrity Structures
    • Stability of Tensegrity systems
    • Design of Tensegrities for variable load scenarios

Dr Stafford has benefited from the interaction with a number of PhD students over the years and is continually looking for opportunities to work with technically strong and highly-motivated potential candidates. Expressions of interest in joining his group can be made directly via email, or by following the standard application routes on the College website.

His work on the development of earthquake loss estimation methodologies has historically been supported by the Willis Research Network that represents the world's largest partnership between academia and the insurance industry. The focus of the network is the evaluation of the frequency, severity and impact of extreme events and to help society, at local and global scales, manage these risks and share the costs of major catastrophes via public and private sector approaches.



Bommer JJ, Stafford PJ, Edwards B, et al., Framework for a ground-motion model for induced seismic hazard and risk analysis in the Groningen gas field, the Netherlands, Earthquake Spectra, ISSN:8755-2930

Edwards B, Zurek B, van Dedem E, et al., Simulations for the development of a ground motion model for induced seismicity in the Groningen Gas Field, the Netherlands, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, ISSN:1570-761X

Stafford PJ, Continuous integration of data into ground-motion models using Bayesian updating, Journal of Seismology, ISSN:1383-4649


Garcia-Troncoso N, Ruiz-Teran AM, Stafford PJ, Dynamic response of girder footbridges with supplemental damping, Footbridge 2017

Ramos-Moreno C, Ruiz-Teran AM, Stafford PJ, Serviceability response of a bench-mark cable-stayed footbridge: comparison of available methods, Footbridge 2017

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