Imperial College London

Dr Valentin LAURENT

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Senior Teaching Fellow in Pedagogic Transformation







Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





My research is focused on the parameters controlling the rheology of the lithosphere, with a particular interest in subduction zones, treating natural cases in order to consider their natural complexity. Initially trained as a field geologist, I have added to my initial set of structural geologic tools the techniques of petrogenetic modelling and radiometric dating.

I am specifically interested in exhumation mechanisms of high-pressure low-temperature (HP-LT) metamorphic rocks in fossilized subduction zones. During my Ph.D. thesis, I have studied the geometry, the kinematics and the timing of the tectonometamorphic history of the HP-LT Cycladic Blueschist Unit (CBU) cropping out in Greece. I studied the timing of strain localization at different scales during exhumation to better understand the mechanical behaviour of subduction zones.

Recently, I developed my research portfolio toward pedagogical research, studying the impact of teaching fieldwork virtually instead of outdoor on the student learning experience. I am specifically interested in studying how students perceive and learn through fieldwork, both physically and virtually and establish the value of virtual fieldwork to i) teach fundamental field skills, and ii) improve inclusivity of Earth Science degrees.