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Research project

J Smethurst 2015 - EPSRC: Rooting for Sustainable Performance


Lead researcher

Dr Joel Smethurst BEng PhD GMICE FHEA

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • The effects of vegetation and climate on the performance of earthworks (cuttings and embankments)
  • The stabilisation of both infrastructure slopes and large landslides using discretely spaced piles
  • The mechanical stabilisation of soil by plants roots
Other researchers

Professor Ian Sinclair

Professor of Engineering Materials

Professor Tiina Roose

Professor-Biological&Environmental Model

Professor William Powrie

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Research interests

  • Railway track and trackbed behaviour and performance.
  • Geotechnical transportation infrastructure (earthworks, retaining walls, tunnels).
  • Groundwater and groundwater control.

Professor Fabrice Pierron

Professor of Materials

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Daniel Bull,
Gerrit Meijer,
William Powrie,
& Glyn Bengough
, 2022 , Proceedings of the Royal Society A , 478 (2257)
Type: article
Nicholas Woodman,
Joel Smethurst,
G. Meijer,
J. Knappett,
& T. Dias
, 2020 , Computers and Geotechnics , 127
Type: article
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