Academic and research staff research interests

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.
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 Hanqiao Che

Hanqiao Che

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

Truong Le

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

Alexandros Petalas

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

Emil Ushev

Development of experimental techniques for the thermo-hydro-mechanical characterisation of soils 
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An overview of our research outputs and measures of esteem

Award Winning Research Papers and Research Awards

2019 David Hislop Award:   The David Hislop Award (also known as the Offshore award)  for best paper on offshore matters was awareded to Ageing and cyclic behaviour of axially loaded piles driven in chalk; R. M. Buckley, R. J. Jardine, S. Kontoe, D. Parker and F. C. Schroeder:  Géotechnique (2018):

2019 R. M. Quigley Award:  This award  is given to the best paper published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in the preceding year.“Undrained behaviour of intact soft clay under cyclic paths that match vehicle loading conditions” (Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 2018, 55(1): 90-106,

2018 Soils and Foundations Best Paper Award:  This was awarded in May 2019 for Experimental and DEM assessment of the stress-dependency of surface roughness effects on shear modulus Otsubo, M. and O'Sullivan, C. Soils and Foundations. Volume 58, Issue 3, June 2018, Pages 602-614 :

2018 Telford Gold Medal: Wan, M.S.P., Standing, J.R., Potts, D.M. and Burland, J.B. (2017). Measured short-term subsurface ground displacements from EPBM tunnelling in London Clay. Géotechnique, Vol. 67, No. 9, pp. 748-779.

2017  Soils and Foundations Best Paper Award:  HF Taylor, C O'Sullivan, WW Sim, SJ Carr (2017) Sub-particle-scale investigation of seepage in sands  Soils and Foundations 57 (3), 439-452

Canadian Geotechnical Journal Editor's Choice recognition: A paper co-authored by Prof. Richard Jardine has been selected as one of the “Editor’s Choice” papers for 2018 by the Canadian Geotechnical Journal  in recognition of its high caliber and topical importance. The paper authored by Cai et al. (2018) is entitled "Undrained behaviour of intact soft clay under cyclic paths that match vehicle loading conditions". doi:10.1139/cgj-2016-0636 (Spiral

2017 BGA Fleming Award

The PISA Project was awarded the BGA Fleming Award in Dec. 2017.

2016 Geotechnical Research Medal

Avgerinos, V.  Potts D. M. & Standing, J. R. (2016) The use of kinematic hardening models for predicting tunnelling-induced ground movements in London Clay  Géotechnique 66(2) 106-120

2013 Outstanding Paper International Journal of Geo-Engineering Case Histories

Burland, J.B., Jamiolkowski, M.B., Viggiani, C. (2012) Leaning Tower of Pisa: Behaviour after Stabilization Operation International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories Vol. 1, No. 3, Paper # IJGCH_1_3_2

2012 Geotechnical Research Medal

Puzrin, A.M, Burland, J.B., Standing, J. R. (2012)  Simple approach to predicting ground displacements caused by tunnelling in undrained anisotropic elastic soil Géotechnique 62(4), 341 –352

2012 BGA Medal

Potts D. M. & Zdravkovic L. (2012), Accounting for partial material factors in numerical analysis  Geotechnique 62 (12): 1053-1065.

2010 Manby Prize

S. Nishimura, C. J. Martin, R. J. Jardine and C. H. Fenton (2009)  A new approach for assessing geothermal response to climate change in permafrost regions Geotechnique 59(12): 213-227

2010 BGA Medal

Potts, V. J. and  Zdravkovic, L. (2010)  Finite-element study of arching behaviour in reinforced fills Proc. ICE - Ground Improvement 163, Issue GI4, 217–229

2008  BGA medal

Kontoe S, Zdravkovic L, Potts DM, Menkiti C.O. (2008)  Case study on seismic tunnel response, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 2008, Vol:45, Pages:1743-1764.

2008 ICE Geotechnical Research Medal

Hight, D.W., Gasparre, A., Nishimura, S., Anh-Minh, N., Jardine, R.J. & Coop, M.R. (2007) Characteristics of the London clay from the Terminal 5 site at Heathrow Airport. Symposium in Print on Stiff Sedimentary Clays Geotechnique, 57(2), pp 3-18.

2008 ICE Bill Curtin Medal for innovation

Bourne-Webb P.J., Potts D.M. & Rowbottom D.(2007) Plastic bending of steel sheet piles,  Geotechnical Engineering 160, Issue GE3, 2007, 129-140.

2008 IACMAG Outstanding Contributions Award

Awarded to Prof. David Potts for contributions throughout his career by the Int. Assoc. for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics.

Funded Research Projects

EPSRC Grants

(2017-2021) Climate Adaptation Control Technologies for Urban Spaces (CACTUS)  D. Potts, L.Zdravkovic, K.Tsiampousi

(2017-2019) ALPACA: Axial-Lateral Chalk Analysis for Piles Applying multi-scale field and laboratory testing   R. Jardine (PI) S. Kontoe (CI)

(2017-2020) Particle-scale investigation of seepage induced geotechnical instabilities.  C. O'Sullivan (PI)

(2015-2016) Effect of time on the evolution of soil behaviour: new advanced triaxial creep cell experimentsW.W. Sim (PI)

(2010-2014) Assessing ground interaction effects and potential damage on existing tunnels before and after new excavation works JR Standing (PI), J. Burland (CI), D.M. Potts (CI), R. Vollum (CI) Link to project website.

(2009-2013)  Micromechanics of seismic wave propagation in granular materials C. O'Sullivan (PI), P. Kelly (CI)

(2007-2010)   The Properties and Structure of British Stiff Clays and Mudrocks R. Jardine (PI), C. Fenton (CI), M. Coop

(2006-2011)  Platform Grant for Laboratory Soil Mechanics Research R. Jardine (PI), D.M. Potts (CI), M. Coop

(2006-2009) Using blinding as struts in cut and cover excavations R. Vollum (PI), B. Izzuddin (CI), D.M. Potts (CI)

Horizon 2020


(2017-2021)  BEACON (Bentonite Mechanical Evolution Prof. Lidija Zdravkovic, Prof. David Potts, Dr. Aikaterini Tsiampousi, Dr. Jamie Standing


Invited Prestige Lectures

2016 British Geotechnical Association Rankine Lecture, London

Prof. Richard Jardine

2015 British Geotechnical Association Géotechnique Lecture, London

Dr. Catherine O'Sullivan

2014 17th Sowers Lecture, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Prof. Richard Jardine

2013 British Geotechnical Association Géotechnique Lecture, London

Prof. Lidija Zdravkovic

2013 Bishop Lecture - International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Paris

Prof. Richard Jardine

2012 The Lymon C. Reese Distinguished Lecture at University of Texas, Austin

Prof. John Burland

2012 The Jennings Memorial Lecture tour, South Africa

Prof. John Burland

2012 Zeevarat Lecture, Mexico

Prof. David Potts 2011

28th Manuel Rocha Lecture, Lisbon, 2011

Prof. John Burland

2010 Liddiard Lecture of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Prof. John Burland

2009 British Geotechnical Association Géotechnique Lecture, London

Dr. Jamie Standing

2008 7th Lovell Lecture, USA

Prof. David Potts

2008 Sixth Athenian Geotechnical Lecture, Athens

Prof. John Burland

Recorded lectures

Members of staff in the section are often invited to deliver invited lectures, some of which are recorded for subsequent broadcasting.  Links to these lectures are given here:


On March 16 2016 Prof. Richard Jardine delivered the BGA Rankine lecture Energy & Geotechnics


On Nov 17 2015 Prof. Catherine O'Sullivan delivered the BGA Géotechnique lecture "A Particulate Perspective on Soil Mechanics"

On June 25 2015 Prof. Lidija Zdravkovic delivered her inaugural lecture "Advanced geomechanics: hot, dehydrated and shaken"


Expedition Workshed have recorded Prof. Burland giving an Introduction to Soil Mechanics.

On 19th February Prof. Burland spoke at a BGA Young Career Group Meeting: The title was "Good practice for young geo-engineers: Boots, computers and engineering judgement." The recording is available here.


On 13th November Prof. Lidija Zdravkovic delivered the BGA  Geotechnique Lecture Dr Lidija Zdravkovic. The title was: Geotechnical numerical analysis: a road map.  The recording is available here.

Spin out company

Geotechnical Observations
A company formed by Professor Vaughan and Doctors Dineen and Ridley, previous members of the academic staff here, specialising in the measurement and monitoring of soil suctions using the Imperial College Suction Probe.

Completed PhD Research

Geotechnics Alumni 2010-2020


NameTitle and supervisor
Ghiadistri, Giulia Marianna  Numerical study of bentonite buffers homogenisation upon re-saturation
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Potts, D.M.Tsiampousi, A.
Nguyen, Hoang Micromechanics of shear wave propagation and non-linear stiffness of granular materials
Supervised by: O’Sullivan C.
Sailer, Eleonora Numerical modelling of thermo-active retaining walls
Supervised by: 
Taborda, D.Zdravkovic, L.
Salim, Hendarto Assessing local and global displacements from tunnelling and water extraction in Jakarta
Supervised by:  Standing, J.R.


NameTitle and supervisor
Abadias Gomez, David Constitutive modelling of cyclically loaded soils for application in offshore engineering
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Taborda D M G
Bischoff, Christine Monitoring ground movements and infrastructure in London, UK, using Permanent Scatterer Interferometry
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Ghail, R.C., Mason, P.
Knight, Christopher  Multiscale analysis of liquefaction phenomena in soils
Supervised by: O’Sullivan C., Daniele, D., Haynes, P., Van Wachem, B.
Liu, T. Advanced laboratory testing of Offshore Wind Turbine foundations under lateral loading
Supervised by: Jardine, R.Kontoe, S.
Mantikos, Vasileios Development of novel apparatus for establishing swelling and water retention characteristics of Bentonite 
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.Tsiampousi, A.
Skiada, Evangelia Consistent incorporation of topography effects into ground motion prediction equations
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.Stafford, P.J.


NameTitle and supervisor
Buckley, R.M. The axial behaviour of displacement piles in chalk
Supervised by:  Jardine, R.; Kontoe, S.
Tallett-Williams, Sarah Site classification for seismic hazard assessment
Supervised by: Stafford, P.; Fenton, C.H.
Ushev, Emil Laboratory investigation of the mechanical properties of Cowden Till under static and cyclic conditions 
Supervised by: Jardine, R.


NameTitle and supervisor
Gawecka, Klementyna Numerical analysis of geothermal piles
Supervised by: Taborda D M GPotts D M
Kawano, Kenichi* Numerical evaluation of internal erosion due to seepage flow
Supervised by: O’Sullivan C.; Shire, T.
Martinez Calonge, Daniel Experimental investigation of Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical behaviour of soils
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.; Sim, W.W.
Otsubo, Masahide Particle scale analysis of soil stiffness and elastic wave propagation
Supervised by: O’Sullivan C.; Sim, W.W.
Tsaparli, Vasiliki Numerical modelling of earthquake-induced liquefaction under irregular and multi-directional loading.
Supervised by: Kontoe, S., Taborda D M G
Taylor, Howard Assessing the potential for suffusion in sands using x-ray micro-CT images  
Supervised by: O’Sullivan C.



NameTitle and supervisor
Han, Jeong Min Comprehensive macroseismic analyses for probabilistic seismic hazard assessment in intraplate regions
Supervised by: Fenton, C.H.


NameTitle and supervisor
Aghakouchak, Amin Advanced laboratory studies to explore the axial cyclic behaviour of driven piles
Supervised by: Jardine, R.; Sim, WW.
Cui, Wenjie Development, implementation and application of thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling for soils in finite element analysis
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Potts, D.M.
Han, Bo Hydro-mechanical coupling in numerical analysis of geotechnical structures under multi-directional seismic loading
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Kontoe, S.
Lessi Cheimariou, Angeliki Optimal treatment of nonlinear site response through a set of novel methodologies
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.Stafford, P.
Summersgill, Freya Numerical modelling of stiff clay cut slopes with nonlocal strain regularisation
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.Potts, D.M.
Wan, Siu Pong Field monitoring of ground response to EPBM tunnelling close to existing tunnels in London Clay
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.Burland, J.B.Potts, D.M.


NameTitle and supervisor
Alhaj Abdalla, Khalid M.A. Mechanical response of two plastic clay soils from Sudan
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.
Avgerinos, Vasileios Numerical Investigation of tunnelling beneath existing tunnels
Supervised by: Potts, D.M.Standing, J.R.
Huang, Xin Exploring critical-state behaviour using DEM
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.Kwok, F. (University of Hong Kong)
Newman, Tim Causes of confined space hypoxia during underground construction in the Lambeth Group beneath London
Supervised by: Ghail, R.CStanding, J.R.
Ní Bhreasail, Aine An investigation of the micromechanical response of soil to one dimensional compression in varied thermal conditions.
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.Fenton, C.H., Lee, P.D. 
O'Donovan, John Micromechanics of Wave Propagation through Granular Material.
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C. 
Pelecanos, Loizos Seismic performance, analysis and design of earth dams
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.Zdravkovic, L 
Shire, Thomas Micro-scale modelling of granular filters
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C., Van Wachem, B.
Yu, Jessica Assessing ground interaction effects and potential damage on existing tunnels before and after new excavation works
Supervised by:  Standing, J.R.Vollum, R.Potts, D.M.Burland, J.B.
Kimpritis, Thomas The control of column diameter and strength in Jet Grouting processes and the influence of ground conditions (MPhil)
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.


NameTitle and supervisor
Pedro, António M. G. Geotechnical investigation of Ivens shaft in Lisbon
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.
Rimoy, Siya, P. Ageing and axial cyclic loading studies of displacement piles in sands
Supervised by: Jardine, R.


NameTitle and supervisor
Brosse, Amandine Marie Study of the anisotropy of three British mudrocks using a hollow cylinder apparatus.
Supervised by: Jardine, R.
Hosseini Kamal, R Experimental study of the geotechnical properties of U.K mudrocks.
Supervised by: Coop, M. Jardine, R.
Shen, C.-K A micromechanical investigation of drained simple shear tests on dense sand using discrete element simulations
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.Jardine, R.


NameTitle and supervisor
Wilkinson, Stephen The Microstructure of UK Mudrocks
Supervised by: Fenton, C., Coop, M.
Fonseca, J The evolution of morphology and fabric of a sand during shearing
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.; Coop, M. 
Giannopoulos, Konstantinos  Numerical analysis of the reuse of piled raft foundations
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Potts, D.M.
Taborda, David  Development of constitutive models for application in soil dynamics.
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Kontoe, S.
Tsiampousi, Aikaterini  Numerical analysis of slopes in unsaturated soils.
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Potts, D.M.


NameTitle and supervisor
Barreto Gonzalez, Daniel Numerical and experimental investigation into the behaviour of granular materials under generalised stress states
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.Zdravkovic, L.
Arango-Gaviria, Maria Cristina Ground-motion prediction for subduction-zone earthquakes: Insights from South and Central American data
Supervised by: Bommer, J., Strasser, Fleur
Papaspiliou, Myrto-Ioanna On the incorporation of site response in probabilistic seismic hazard analyses
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.; Bommer, J.
Cavarretta, Ignazio The influence of particles characteristics on the engineering behaviour of granular materials
Supervised by: Coop, M.; O'Sullivan, C.
Cheung, L.-Y.G. Micromechanics of sand production in oil wells
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.; Coop, M. 
 Schutz, Reinhard Numerical modelling of shotcrete for tunnelling
Supervised by: Potts, D.M.Zdravkovic, L.
 Shipton, B The Mechanics of transitional soils
Supervised by: Coop, M.

Geotechnics 2008-2009


NameTitle and supervisor
Abela, J Blinding struts in cut & cover excavations
Supervised by: Professor D. Potts/Dr R. Vollum/Professor B. A. Izzuddin
Aldama Bustos, G An exploratory study of parameter sensitivity, representation of results and extensions of PSHA: Case Study - United Arab Emirates
Supervised by: Professor J. Bommer
 Barreto Gonzalez, D Numerical and experimental investigation into the behaviour of granular materials under generalised stress states.
Supervised by: Dr C. O'Sullivan/Dr L. Zdravkovic
Cavarretta, I The Influence of Particle Characteristics on the Engineering Behaviour of Granular Materials
Supervised by: Professor M. Coop; Dr C. O'Sullivan
Zolghadr Zadeh Jahromi, H Nonlinear Soil-Structure Interaction 
Supervised by: Professor B. A. Izzuddin; Dr L. Zdravkovic


NameTitle and supervisor
Bodas Freitas, T M Numerical Modelling of the Time Dependent Behaviour of Clays
Supervised by: Professor D. Potts
Zabidi, H Studies of karst in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Supervised by: Dr M. de Freitas

Pre-2008 Information about completed PhD research prior to 2009 may be available from the section but is only available to registered members of the Department. Please contact Sue Feller.