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Richard Jardine is College Consul for Engineering and the Business School, Professor of Geomechanics and Deputy Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering - where he undertakes research and teaching. His earlier assignments include leading the Geotechnics group (2005-2011) and Panel membership for UK’s Research Assessments in 2008 and 2014. He 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 has managed several large international research JIPs and collaborates with groups worldwide. He is currently: PI on the ALPACA project, investigating offshore renewable energy foundations for chalk sites with Oxford, EPSRC and Industry; Co-I on Unified Pile Design Method JIP with Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Fugro and UWA (Australia) as well as the PAGE foundation ageing project with Cathie Associates and GCG. He holds a Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship with Zhejiang University (ZJU, China) which covers renewable energy and transport systems. Richard is supervising laboratory research into the static and cyclic constitutive behaviour of sands, clays and chalks and has led multiple earlier studies into a wide range of geomaterials. He is a Visiting Professor at ZJU, where he was appointed Distinguished International Scholar by the Chinese Ministry of Education. His recently completed research includes improving design for flood embankments on peats and organic soils with the authorities in Holland, advising the French national SOLCYP cyclic loading programme,and studies with BP into climate change impact on Siberian permafrost and the stability of large underwater landslides in the Gulf of Mexico.


Richard Jardine has written around 300 academic papers, winning 20 International Awards including a top RAEng Medal (in 1997), Prizes from the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1985, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2019, the British Geotechnical Association Medal (in 1990 and 2015), 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. His distinguished lectures since then including the Coulomb Lecture (Paris, 2006), Zeng Lecture (Hangzhou, 2008), William Mong Lecture (Hong Kong, 2011), three keynotes in 2012 on offshore Geotechnics, the ISSMGE Bishop Honour Lecture (Paris 2013), the ASCE's Sowers (Georgia 2014), Lovell (Purdue 2016) and Wissa (Tampa 2017) Lectures, the BGA's Rankine Lecture in 2016, the Canadian Milligan Lecture in Kingston (2016) and a keynote at the BGA's Chalk-18 Conference.  He has prepared several public reports on offshore geotechnics for the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and has given advice to contractors, consultants, governments 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.



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.



Buckley R, Kontoe S, Jardine R, et al., 2021, Pile driveability in low-to-medium density chalk, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol:58, ISSN:0008-3674, Pages:650-665

Jardine R, Ushev E, Liu T, 2020, The anisotropic stiffness and shear strength characteristics of a stiff glacial till, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering - Asce, Vol:146, ISSN:0733-9410, Pages:1-18

Burd HJ, Beuckelaers WJAP, Byrne BW, et al., 2020, New data analysis methods for instrumented medium scale monopile field tests, Géotechnique, Vol:70, ISSN:0016-8505, Pages:961-969

Byrne B, McAdam RA, Burd HJ, et al., 2020, Monotonic laterally loaded pile testing in a stiff glacial clay till at Cowden, Géotechnique, Vol:70, ISSN:0016-8505, Pages:970-985


Buckley R, Jardine R, Byrne B, et al., 2020, Pile behaviour in low-medium density chalk: preliminary results from the ALPACA project, 4th International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics

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