Overview of the Geotechnics Cluster

Overview of the Geotechnics Research group

In Geotechnics, which at Imperial comprises Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology, our focus is on understanding the mechanics, behaviour and properties of soils and soft rocks in order to provide real solutions to industry including tunnelling, oil and gas, infrastructure and road building. Our work involves numerical modelling, field monitoring and laboratory-based testing.

Available MSc Courses

  • MSc in Soil Mechanics (H2U3)
    or [with Environmental Geotechnics (H2UN)]
    or [with Engineering Seismology (H2U4)]

Who works in the Geotechnics section

Geotechnics Academic and Teaching Staff A-Z

 Antonio Carrero

Antonio Carraro

Senior Lecturer, PhD, MSc, BSc
Fundamental soil mechanics; Advanced laboratory testing of soils; Sustainable geomaterials; Intermediate soils; Offshore sediments.
 Jardine, Richard

Richard Jardine

Professor of Geomechanics, FREng, MSc, DIC, PhD, FICE, FCGI
Deputy Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Soil mechanics; Constitutive behaviour; Laboratory and field experiments; Instrumentation; Geotechnical design; Soft Ground engineering; Deep foundations; Offshore geotechnics; Geohazards; Cold region geotechnics.
 Stavroula Kontoe

Stavroula Kontoe

Reader in Soil Dynamics, MSc, DIC, PhD, CEng, MICE
Director of MSc in Soil Mechanics
Computational geomechanics; Earthquake engineering; Site response; Dynamic behaviour of soils and earth structures. 
 James Lawrence

James Lawrence

Senior Lecturer, PhD
Upper Cretaceous carbonates (Chalk), geological disposal of radioactive waste, geomechanics, structural geology, petroleum reservoir characterisation, modelling slope instability, coastal recession related to the impact of climate change and weathering of rock.  
 Catherine O'Sullivan

Catherine O'Sullivan

Professor of Particulate Soil Mechanics, PhD, MIEI
Discrete element modelling; Particulate soil mechanics; Micro-computed tomography; Internal erosion; Stress wave propagation; Cyclic soil response; Validation of discrete element models (DEM).
 Dave Potts

Dave Potts 

GCG Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, PhD, FREng, CEng, FICE
Application of FEM to geotechnical problems; Geotechnical numerical analysis; Constitutive modelling; Soil-structure interaction.
 Jamie Standing

Jamie Standing

Reader in Ground EngineeringPhD, CEng, MICE
Soil-structure interaction; Tunnelling and deep excavations; Field monitoring; Piles; Model testing; Partly saturated soils and residual soils. 
 David Taborda

David Taborda

Senior Lecturer,  DIC, PhD 
Computational geomechanics; Constitutive modelling of soils; Soil dynamics; Cyclic soil behaviour; Soil-Structure interaction; Geothermal energy systems; Thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of soils; Optimisation algorithms.
 Katerina Tsiampousi

Katerina Tsiampousi

Senior Lecturer PhD
THM modelling of geo-materials; behaviour of partially saturated media in deep nuclear repositories; reliability and risk of geotechnical structures (excavations, tunnels, slopes, foundations); behaviour of railway embankments under seasonal changes in suction.
 Lidija Zdravkovic

Lidija Zdravkovic

Professor of Computational Geomechanics, DIC, PhD 
Head of Geotechnics Section
Development and application of FEM in geotechnical engineering; Constitutive modelling; Unsaturated soils; THM modelling of geomaterials; Soil-structure interaction; Laboratory testing of soils.
Geotechnics Academics A-Z
Geotechnics Academics A-Z

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Geotechnics Research Staff A-Z

 Hanqiao Che

Hanqiao Che

Research Associate, PhD
CFD-DEM investigation of seepage induced geotechnical instability
Email Hanqiao
 Truong Le

Truong Le

Research Associate, PhD
Experimental soil mechanics, time-dependent soil behaviour, advanced element scale testing
Email Truong
 Alexandros Petalas

Alexandros Petalas

Research Associate, PhD
Climate Adaption Control Technologies for Urban Spaces (CACTUS). EPSRC funded. 
Email Alexandros
 Emil Ushev

Emil Ushev

Development of experimental techniques for the thermo-hydro-mechanical characterisation of soils 
Email Emil
Geotechnics Research Staff A-Z
Geotechnics Academics A-Z

Administration contacts

 Katerina Tsiampousi Course Director
Dr Katerina Tsiampousi
+44 (0)20 7594 6020
 Sue Feller Cluster Administrator
Ms Sue Feller
+44 (0)207 594 6077
Administration contacts for the Geotechnics cluster
Administration contacts