Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Proconsul and Professor of Geomechanics



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Richard Jardine is a College Proconsul and Professor of Geomechanics in Civil and Environmental Engineering - where he undertakes research and teaching. His administrative work includes membership of multiple College-wide committees and co-chairing the College Artworks Group. Richard was elected Fellow of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers in 2001, the Royal Academy of Engineers in 2002, the City and Guilds Institute in 2008 and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science in 2018. 

Richard's current and recent large international research include being Principal Investigator on the ALPACA and ALPACA Plus Joint Industry Projects, investigating offshore renewable energy foundations for chalk sites with Oxford, EPSRC and Industry; being a Co-I on the ALPHA numerical analysis chalk foundations project, the PAGE pile ageing project with Cathie Associates and GCG as well as the Unified Pile Design Method JIP with Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Fugro and UWA (Australia) and the PISA offshore monopile project with Orsted, Oxford and University College Dublin. His Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship with Zhejiang University (ZJU, China) covered renewable energy and transport systems and adds to his laboratory-based research into the static and cyclic constitutive behaviour of sands, clays and chalks. Richard has led multiple studies into a wide range of geomaterials and he is a Visiting Professor at ZJU, where he was appointed Distinguished International Scholar by the Chinese Ministry of Education. He was an adviser to the French national SOLCYP cyclic loading programme and is also currently working on improving design for flood embankments on very soft organic soils with Deltares in The Netherlands .  

Richard Jardine has written over 300 academic papers, winning 25 International Awards including a top RAEng Medal (in 1997), Prizes from the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1985, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2019 and 2021, the British Geotechnical Association Medal (1990, 2015 and 2021), Imperial College's President's Medal for External Collaborative Research in 2015 and the Canadian Geotechnical Society's Quigley Award in 2019. He chaired ISSMGE TC-29 for ten years and now sits on three TCs as well as API, ISO and SUT Committees. He has held Visiting Professorships in Japan and Singapore and gave the first BGS-Geotechnique lecture in 1990. He gives keynotes to conferences regularly and distinguished named lectures given since his Coulomb Lecture (Paris, 2006) include the Zeng Lecture (Hangzhou, 2008), William Mong Lecture (Hong Kong, 2011), the ISSMGE Bishop Honour Lecture (Paris 2013), the American Society for Civil Engineering's Sowers (Georgia 2014), Lovell (Purdue 2016) and Wissa (Tampa 2017) Lectures, the BGA's Rankine Lecture in 2016 and the Canadian Milligan Lecture in Kingston (2016). He will give the ISSMGE McClelland Honour Lecture in September 2023.

Richard has prepared UK Government guidance reports on offshore geotechnics and has given advice to contractors, consultants and energy companies on a wide range of major onshore and offshore projects, including recent large-scale experiments conducted offshore in the Baltic Sea and Straits of Taiwan, as well as projects currently in development offshore the UK, France and Japan.


Soil properties, advanced laboratory and field measurement techniques, soil characterisation; offshore geotechnics, foundation analysis, slope stability, driven pile behaviour, soft ground engineering, full-scale monitoring, geotechnical instrumentation and cold region geotechnics.



Liu T, Ferreira PMV, Vinck K, et al., 2023, The behaviour of a low- to medium-density chalk under a wide range of pressure conditions, Soils and Foundations, Vol:63, ISSN:0038-0806

Wen K, Kontoe S, Jardine RJ, et al., 2023, Assessment of time effects on capacities of large-scale piles driven in dense sands, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, ISSN:0008-3674

Ushev ER, Jardine RJ, 2022, The mechanical behaviour of Bolders Bank till, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol:59, ISSN:0008-3674, Pages:2163-2183

Fu S, Yang Z, Jardine RJ, et al., 2022, Large deformation finite element simulation of deformation and strain fields resulting from closed-end displacement pile installation in sand, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ISSN:0733-9410

Gao L, Guo N, Yang ZX, et al., 2022, MPM modeling of pile installation in sand: Contact improvement and quantitative analysis, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol:151, ISSN:0266-352X

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