Dr Samuel Abbey

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Dr Samuel Abbey is a Chartered Engineer, and Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), leading and teaching on Soil Mechanics, Advanced Soil Mechanics, and Geotechnical Engineering at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. He is module leader on four modules across the civil engineering programmes and working closely with the programme leader on module and programme development. Abbey is the Departmental link tutor (UWE Bristol's international college), taking the lead role in organising departments' contribution to UWEBIC'S applied learning and liaising with UWEBIC staff regarding departmental programmes and curricula. He has over six (6) years of experience in delivering high-quality teaching and maintaining a good academic practice in Higher Education. He is fully involved in academic practice comprising of leadership, management, and administration, teaching and learning, research and enterprise.

Abbey obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Degree (BEng.) in Civil Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and masters (MSc) and PhD Degrees from Coventry University, UK respectively. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a professional member of the institute of materials, minerals and mining, member of the British Geotechnical Association, and member of the International Society of Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering, a topic editorial board member of Sustainability journal (MDPI) and a guest editor of Geotechnics journal (MDPI).

Prior to joining UWE, Abbey was a lecturer in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering at the University of South Wales, a Lecturer (Asst.) in Civil Engineering at Coventry University, and a lecturer at Federal Polytechnic Ekowe, Nigeria. 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 serving as a reviewer to several international journals. His current project is on 'development of Novel Nano Greener Materials (NNGM) for stabilisation of sulphate bearing soils', with the aim of offering a greener alternative in enhancing the engineering behaviour of problematic soils as opposed to the environmentally harmful ones. Dr Abbey has co-supervised 4 PhDs and is currently the director of studies for 6 PhD students working across a wide range of Experimental Soil Mechanics, Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering research areas.

Dr Abbey is currently accepting PhD students.


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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