Dr Samuel Abbey

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Dr. Abbey is an Associate Professor and Associate Director in the School of Engineering at the University of the West of England and currently leads the strategic development and operational management of programmes in engineering practice & management. I have taken part in implementing and steering research, creating a research culture, and sharing best practices. As a Geotechnical Engineer and Sustainable Infrastructure specialist with an established and growing record in shaping and influencing change around national and international ‘Sustainable Ground Improvement’ issues, combining my skillset as an educator, scientist, and chartered engineer has given me a unique opportunity to lead my subject area. With over 15 years academic and sustainable Infrastructure Engineering experience, maintaining good academic practice in HE  including academic leadership, people leadership and management, executive representation, teaching and learning, research, and enterprise. Dr. Abbey joined UWE Bristol as a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in 2018 where he was promoted to Associated Professor.
Prior to joining UWE Bristol, Dr. Abbey worked as a Lecturer (Ass) in Civil Engineering and Lecturer in Geo-Structural Engineering at Coventry University and the University of South Wales respectively. His research interests include Ground improvement, Soil-structure interaction, Transportation Geotechnics, and interdisciplinary research aimed at addressing key geotechnical challenges (such as the effect of climatic change on the performance of Geo-structures) faced by the design and construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructures. 
Dr. Abbey has published several scientific articles in peer-reviewed Journals and Conference proceedings and also serves as a reviewer in several international journals. With concerns about the environmental impact of the built environment becoming increasingly urgent, He is focusing on solving a number of problems that are of fundamental importance to industry and society. His current project is on the ‘development of Novel Nano Greener Materials (NNGM) for stabilisation of sulphate bearing soils’, with the aim of achieving Zero Swell and offering a greener alternative in enhancing engineering behaviour of problematic soils as opposed to the environmentally harmful ones. 
He has supervised PhDs to completion as DOS and currently accepting Ph.D. students across a wide range of Experimental Soil Mechanics, Geotechnical, and Geo-environmental Engineering research areas.

Area of expertise

  • Experimental soil mechanics and sustainable geotechnics
  • Soil-structure interaction and numerical modeling 
  • Foundation engineering and transportation geotechnics 
  • Ground improvement and microstructural analysis of soils


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