Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of Ground Engineering



+44 (0)20 7594 6072j.standing




Ms Sue Feller +44 (0)20 7594 6077




531Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Jamie Standing is Professor of Ground Engineering within the Geotechnics Section of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College, having been on the staff since 2002.  Prof Standing teaches Soil Mechanics to second-year undergraduate students.  At MSc level he teaches Geotechnical Processes and Partly Saturated Soil Mechanics to the Soil Mechanics MSc students and Geomaterials to the Advanced Materials MSc students.  He has also run and taken part in short courses for industry at Imperial College and internationally.

He is an active researcher who has supervised a large number of MSc and PhD projects.

Prof Standing has published numerous papers mostly relating to ground and structural response to tunnelling and full-scale field monitoring but his interests and papers also cover unsaturated soils and engineering geology. He has also edited several books.  Prof Standing has held a number of posts within learned societies and other academic institutions: member of the British Geotechnical Association executive committee (2003-2006; 2013-2016); member of the Geotechnique Advisory Panel (2006-2008); visiting professor at the Beijing University of Technology (2008-2011); member of the British Tunnelling Society executive committee (2014-2017); editorial panel member and assistant scientific editor of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (2013-2018).  He is currently a member of three technical committees of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (TC204, TC220 and TC301).

Areas of Expertise:

Tunnelling-induced ground movements, the effects of tunnelling on the urban environment (surface and subsurface structures, services etc.), and in particular piled foundations and existing tunnels, full-scale monitoring of the ground and structures (surveying, instrumentation etc.).  He has an overall interest in problems involving soil-structure he interaction, including soil nailing and reinforced earth and small-scale modelling.  He has also been supervising research into fundamental properties of various soils (residual soils from Malaysia, expansive clays from Sudan, gypsiferous soils from Libya, collapsible gravels from Khartoum, brickearth from London).  He also researches in partly saturated soil mechanics of both natural and artificial soils (especially buffers for nuclear waste).  As part of his field and laboratory studies he has been involved with the design and development of new field and laboratory equipment and instrumentation.



Ruiz López A, Tsiampousi A, Standing JR, et al., 2023, Numerical characterisation of the rotational behaviour of grey cast iron tunnel joints, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol:159, ISSN:0266-352X, Pages:1-17

Le T, Airey D, Standing JR, 2022, Influence of shearing strain-rate on the mechanical behaviour of three structured clays, Géotechnique, ISSN:0016-8505, Pages:1-51

Shire T, Standing J, 2022, Strength and stiffness properties of an unsaturated clayey silt: experimental study at high degrees of saturation, International Journal of Geomechanics (asce), Vol:21, ISSN:1532-3641


Farrell S, Standing J, Monitoring the impact of tunnelling-induced ground movements on a gas main and sewer, 11th International Symposium on Field Monitoring in Geomechanics

Waldron F, Standing J, Monitoring the response of a piled building to tunnelling using different techniques, 11th International Symposium on Field Monitoring in Geomechanics

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