Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Dr Kontoe is a Senior Lecturer in the Geotechnics section of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Her main research field is the development and application of numerical methods to study the performance of geotechnical structures under static, dynamic and seismic loading. Dr Kontoe’s research experience includes projects on the seismic performance of tunnels, retaining structures and dams, on site response analysis and its incorporation in seismic hazard studies, topographic effects on seismic ground motion, modelling vibrations induced by pile driving and slope stability in strain softening materials. She is also actively involved in teaching (geotechnical earthquake engineering, slope stability & structural dynamics) at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Dr Kontoe received her Diploma degree in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 2001. She continued her studies at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College, where she obtained an MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology in 2002 and a PhD in Computational Geomechanics in 2006. During her doctoral studies she was involved in the development of the dynamic version of the in-house finite element code ICFEP.


Areas of expertise:

Geotechnical earthquake engineering, computational geomechanics, slope stability, dynamic soil-structure interaction and constitutive modelling.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Summersgill FC, Kontoe S, Potts DM, 2018, Stabilisation of excavated slopes in strain-softening materials with piles, Geotechnique, Vol:68, ISSN:0016-8505, Pages:626-639

Han B, Zdravkovic L, Kontoe S, 2018, Analytical and numerical investigation of site response due to vertical ground motion, Geotechnique, Vol:68, ISSN:0016-8505, Pages:467-480

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

Buckley RM, Jardine RJ, Kontoe S, et al., 2018, Ageing and cyclic behaviour of axially loaded piles driven in chalk, Geotechnique, Vol:68, ISSN:0016-8505, Pages:146-161

Tsaparli V, Kontoe S, Taborda DMG, et al., 2016, Vertical ground motion and its effects on liquefaction resistance of fully saturated sand deposits, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, Vol:472, ISSN:1364-5021


Kontoe S, Han B, Zdravkovic L, et al., 2018, The importance of compressional deformation in three dimensional site response analysis, 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering

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