Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Professor of Structural Geology



+44 (0)20 7594 6466j.cosgrove




2.36ARoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






  • Professor Imperial College   2006-present
  • Reader Imperial College   2001-2006
  • Lecturer Imperial College   1973-2001
  • Post doc McMaster University, Canada   1972-1973
  • PhD Imperial College   1972
  • MSc Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics, Imperial College   1969
  • BSc Geology and Chemistry, Aston University   1968

Recent Measures of Esteem

  • 2007 Award for Teaching Excellence in Engineering Education
  • 2007 Imperial College Teaching Fellow award winner
  • 2006 Member Swedish Nuclear Fuel & Waste Management Site Evaluation and Review Group
  • 2004 Paul Fourmarier Prize and Gold Medal, Royal Academy of Belgium
  • 2003 Geologists' Association council member

Research Interests

  • The links between stress, fracture and fluid flow in the crust
  • The movement of fluids through low permeability rocks
  • The generation of fractured rock masses and their properties.
  • The links between structural geology and rock mechanics



Vandeginste V, Stehle MC, Jourdan A-L, et al., 2017, Diagenesis in salt dome roof strata: Barite - calcite assemblage in Jebel Madar, Oman, Marine and Petroleum Geology, Vol:86, ISSN:0264-8172, Pages:408-425

Wang X, Lei Q, Lonergan L, et al., 2017, Heterogeneous fluid flow in fractured layered carbonates and its implication for generation of incipient karst, Advances in Water Resources, Vol:107, ISSN:1872-9657, Pages:502-516

Schieber J, Bish D, Coleman M, et al., 2016, Encounters with an unearthly mudstone: Understanding thefirst mudstone found on Mars, Sedimentology, Vol:64, ISSN:1365-3091, Pages:311-358

Gholipour AM, Cosgrove JW, Ala M, 2016, New theoretical model for predicting and modelling fractures in folded fractured reservoirs, Petroleum Geoscience, Vol:22, ISSN:1354-0793, Pages:257-280

Wang X, Jardani A, Jourde H, et al., 2015, Characterisation of the transmissivity field of a fractured and karstic aquifer, Southern France, Advances in Water Resources, Vol:87, ISSN:1872-9657, Pages:106-121

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