Our people

Comprised of academic staff and postgraduate researchers with expertise across the full range of geotechnics disciplines

The Geotechnics section is comprised of 12 full-time academic staff members, 2 teaching fellows  and 2 post-doctoral researchers, with expertise in many topics within the area of Geotechnics. Academic staff are active in teaching, research and consultancy. Our student population comprises approximately 25 PhD students. Some of our students start their PhD upon graduating from undergraduate or masters degrees, while others  have had a period in industry. Typically their first degrees are in civil engineering but we welcome applications from other relevant cognitive disciplines. For example, there have recently been PhD graduates with first degrees in geology and mathematics. 

Members of the Geotechnics Section

Geotechnics Academic and Teaching Staff A-Z

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 Antonio Carrero

Antonio Carraro

Senior Lecturer in Experimental Geotechnics, PhD, MSc, BSc
Fundamental soil mechanics; Advanced laboratory testing of soils; Sustainable geomaterials; Intermediate soils; Offshore sediments.
 Ghail, Richard

Richard Ghail

Lecturer in Engineering Geology, PhD
Tectonic Geomorphology London Basin Structure Permafrost fissuring of over-consolidated clays.
 Bo Han

Bo Han

Teaching Fellow, PhD
Numerical assessment of the seismic performance of geotechnical structures by using hydro-mechanical coupled approach; Fully coupled numerical simulation of wave propagation; Multiple-directional site response analysis  
 Jardine, Richard

Richard Jardine

Professor of Geomechanics; College Consul for Engineering and the Business School, FREng, MSc, DIC, PhD, FICE, FCGI
Soil Mechanics; Constitutive behaviour; Laboratory & Field experiments; Instrumentation; Geotechnical design; Soft Ground engineering; Deep Foundations; Offshore Geotechnics; Geohazards; Cold Region Geotechnics.
 Stavroula Kontoe

Stavroula Kontoe

Senior Lecturer in Soil Mechanics, MSc, DIC, PhD, CEng, MICE
Site response; Dynamic behaviour of soils and earth structures. 
 James Lawrence

James Lawrence

Senior Lecturer in Geotechnics
Upper Cretaceous carbonates (Chalk), geological disposal of radioactive waste, geomechanics, structural geology, petroleum reservoir characterisation, modelling slope instability, coastal recession related to the impact of climate change and weathering of rock.  
 Catherine O'Sullivan

Catherine O'Sullivan

Reader in Particulate Soil Mechanics, PhD, MIEI
Discrete element modelling; Particulate soil mechanics; Micro-computed tomography; Internal erosion; Stress wave propagation; Cyclic soil response; Validation of discrete element models.
 Dave Potts

Dave Potts 

GCG Professor of Analytical Soil Mechanics, PhD, FREng, CEng, FICE
Application of FEM to geotechnical problems; Geotechnical numerical analysis; Constitutive modelling; Soil-stru cture interaction.
 Tom Shire

Tom Shire 

Teaching Fellow, PhD
Particulate soil mechanics; Discrete element modelling; Granular Filters; Internal Erosion. 
 Jamie Standing

Jamie Standing

Reader in GeotechnicsPhD, CEng, MICE
Soil-structure interaction; Tunnelling and deep excavations; Field monitoring; Piles; Model testing; Partly saturated soils and residual soils. 
 David Taborda

David Taborda

Lecturer in Geotechnics,  DIC, PhD 
Computational geomechanics; Constitutive modelling of soils; Soil dynamics; Cyclic soil behaviour; Soil-Structure interaction; Geothermal energy systems; Thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of soils; Optimisation algorithms.
 Katerina Tsiampousi

Katerina Tsiampousi

Lecturer in Geotechnics PhD
THM modelling of geo-materials; behaviour of partially saturated media in deep nuclear repositories; reliability and risk of geotechnical structures (excavations, tunnels, slopes, foundations); behaviour of railway embankments under seasonal changes in suction.
 Lidija Zdravkovic

Lidija Zdravkovic

Professor of Computational Geomechanics, DIC, PhD 
Development and application of FEM in geotechnical engineering; Constitutive modelling; Unsaturated soils; THM modelling of geomaterials; Soil-structure interaction; Laboratory testing of soils.
Geotechnics Academics A-Z
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Geotechnics Research Staff A-Z

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 Khalid Alhaj Abdalla

Khalid Alhaj Abdalla

The impact of creep in strength and stiffness on sample from San Francisco using a new advanced triaxial creep apparatus in the Imperial College Geotechnics Laboratory
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 Matteo Ciantia

Matteo Ciantia

Junior Research Fellow, PhD
Application of the discrete element method (DEM) to industrially relevant boundary value problems by using high performance computing
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 Wenjie Cui

Wenjie Cui

ICFEP Research Associate
Numerical investigation of large-scale ground source energy systems and their interaction with other nearby systems or with existing structures
Email Wenjie
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Geotechnics Academics A-Z

Geotechnics Research Students A-Z

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 David Abadias

David Abadias

Started Oct 2014
Numerical analysis of monopiles for offshore wind turbines
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Taborda, D.
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Christine Bischoff

Christine Bischoff

Started Oct 2014
Investigating ground movement and its causes in London, UK, using Permanent Scatterer Interferometry
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Ghail, R.C., Mason, P.
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 Róisín Buckley

Róisín Buckley

Started Oct 2014
Rationalising offshore wind turbine pile design and assurance in difficult ground conditions
Supervised by: Jardine, R.J.Kontoe, S. 
Email Roisin
Justyna Edgar

Justyna Edgar

Started Oct 2016
The origins of Harwich formation
Supervised by: Ghail, R.C.Lawrence, J.A
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 Klementyna Gawecka

Klementyna Gawecka

Started Oct 2013
Numerical analysis of geothermal structures
Supervised by: Taborda, D.; Potts, D.M.
Email Klementyna
 Giulia Marianna Ghiadistri

Giulia Marianna Ghiadistri

Started Oct 2015
Numerical study of bentonite buffers homogenisation upon re-saturation
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Potts, D.M.Tsiampousi, A.
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 Benjamin Guo

Benjamin Guo 

Started Oct 2016
The re-use and sustainability of flood defences
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Tsiampousi, A.Onof, C.
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 Hendarto Hendarto

Hendarto Hendarto 

Started Oct 2015
Numerical study of bentonite buffers homogenisation upon re-saturation
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.
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 Hoang Nguyen

Hoang Nguyen

Started February 2016
Micromechanics of shear wave propagation and small-strain stiffness in granular soil
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.
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 Kenichi Kawano

Kenichi Kawano

Started Oct 2014
Numerical evaluation of internal erosion due to seepage flow
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.
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 Andrew Kirkham

Andrew Kirkham

Started Oct 2016
Numerical study of bentonite buffers homogenisation upon re-saturation
Supervised by: Tsiampousi, A.Potts, D.M.
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 Christopher Knight

Christopher Knight

Started Oct 2014
Multiscale analysis of liquefaction phenomena in soils
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.
Email Christopher
 Tingfa Liu

Tingfa Liu

Started Oct 2014
Advanced laboratory testing of Offshore Wind Turbine foundations under lateral loading
Supervised by: Jardine, R.
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 Vasileios Mantikos

Vasileios Mantikos 

Started Oct 2014
Title to be confirmed
Supervised by:
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 Daniel Martinez Calonge

Daniel Martinez Calonge

Started Oct 2013
Experimental investigation of Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical behaviour of soils
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.; Sim, W.W.
Email Daniel
 Masahide Otsubo

Masahide Otsubo

Started Oct 2013
Micromechanics of shear wave propagation in soil
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.; Sim, W.W.
Email Masahide
 Eleonora Sailer

Eleonora Sailer

Started Oct 2015
Numerical analysis of thermo-active retaining structures
Supervised by: Taborda, D.Zdravkovic, L.
Email Eleonora
 Evangelia Skiada

Evangelia Skiada

Started Oct 2014
The consistent incorporation of topography effects into ground motion prediction models
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.; Stafford, P.
Email Evangelia
 Sarah Tallett-Williams

Sarah Tallett-Williams

Started Oct 2013
Site classification for seismic hazard assessment
Supervised by: Fenton, C.H.
Email Sarah
 Howard Taylor

Howard Taylor

Started Mar 2013
Void space characterization to improve dam filter design
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C., Sim, W.W.
Email Howard
 Vasiliki Tsaparli

Vasiliki Tsaparli

Started Oct 2013
Numerical modelling of liquifaction mitigation measures
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.; Taborda, D.
Email Vasiliki
 Emil Ushev

Emil Ushev

Started Jan 2014
Advanced laboratory testing for offshore wind turbine foundations
supervised by: Jardine, R.J.
Email Emil
Ken Vinck

Ken Vinck

Started Oct 2016
Advanced laboratory testing to enable sustainable and cost-effective offshore wind turbine design 
supervised by: Jardine, R.J.
Email Ken
Geotechnics Research Students A-Z
Geotechnics Academics A-Z

Technical, laboratory and administration staff

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  Steve Ackerley

Steve Ackerley

Laboratory Research Officer, Geotechnics section
Room 526, +44 (0)207 594 6082, Email Steve
  Alan Bolsher  

Alan Bolsher 

Laboratory Technician, Geotechnics section
Room 526, +44 (0)207 594 6068, Email Alan
  Graham Keefe

Graham Keefe

Laboratory and Workshop Services Manager, Geotechnics section
Room 526, +44 (0)207 594 5987, Email Graham
  Duncan Parker

Duncan Parker 

Research Technician, Geotechnics section
Room 526, +44 (0)207 594 6069, Email Duncan
  Sue Feller

Sue Feller

MSc Cluster Administrator, Geotechnics section
Room 529, +44 (0)207 594 6077, Email Sue
Professional Services Staff
Finance, HR and Research Admin

Geotechnics Emeritus, Senior Research Investigators, Visitors and Honorary staff

Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators

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 Professor Julian Bommer

Professor Julian Bommer

Senior Research Investigator
Professor Julian Bommer specialises in seismic hazard assessment, for both natural and induced earthquakes, and the definition of inputs to earthquake-resistant design and seismic risk assessments. He works extensively on major engineering projects including nuclear power plants, both for operators and regulatory bodies.
 John Burland

Professor John Burland

Senior Research Investigator, Emeritus Professor of Soil Mechanics
Professor John Burland specialises in problems relating to the interaction between the ground and masonry buildings and has been responsible for the design of many large ground engineering projects. He has served as expert witness for Parliamentary Select Committees and advised on geotechnical aspects of projects, including the Big Ben Clock Tower, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City and the high profile Leaning Tower of Pisa.
 Dick Chandler

Professor Dick Chandler

Emeritus Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
Professor Chandler has a wide interest in geotechnical problems, but especially slope stability, landslides, tailings dams, piled foundations, and foundations in shrinking and swelling clays. He has been involved with numerous investigations in dam collapse projects and landslide problems both in the UK and overseas. 
 Mike de Freitas

Dr Mike de Freitas

Distinguished Research Fellow and Emeritus Reader in Engineering Geology
Dr Michael de Freitas' areas of expertise includes the application of geology at far- and near-field scales to engineering design and construction in soil and rock, at and below ground level, and including the prediction and control of ground water. He advises on industrial and contractual problems both in the UK and overseas for the private and public sectors. He is a member of the Geological Society and other Geological related Societies and served on the research grants committee of NERC. 
 Sarma Sarada

Dr Sarada Sarma

Emeritus Reader in Engineering Seismology
Dr Sarma has focused his research efforts in the fields of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. In 1973 he introduced the first Sarma Method followed by the second more popular Sarma Method in 1979 for analysing stability of slopes both for use in seismic as well as in static conditions. He has served as a consultant on a number of projects for industry and he was invited by the Government of India to advise on the seismological and geotechnical aspects of earthquakes following the disastrous Bhuj Earthquake of India in January 2001.
Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators
Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators

Visiting and honorary staff

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George Dounias
Visiting Professor: Director at EDAFOS SA, specialising in analysis, design and construction supervision of embankment dams, tunnels, deep foundations, landslide stabilisation and road earthworks.
Kelvin Higgins
Visiting Professor: Formally Managing Partner at GCG. He has extensive experience of the design of deep excavations, foundations, retaining structures and tunnels.
Visiting and honorary staff
Visiting and honorary staff