Dr Samuel Abbey

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  • Qualifications:PhD Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering), MSc Civil and Structural Engineering, B.Eng. Civil Engineering, National Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology, Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Member Midland Geotechnical Society, AFH Education Academy, GMI Civil Engineers
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 85146
  • Email:Samuel.Abbey@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Dr Samuel Abbey is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of the West of England (UWE), Faculty of Environment and Technology, Department of Geography and Environmental Management. Prior to joining UWE, Dr Abbey worked as Assistant Lecturer in Civil Engineering and Lecturer in Geo-Structural Engineering at Coventry University and University of South Wales respectively. Dr Abbey received his PhD and MSc in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering from Coventry University, and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, winning several undergraduate and postgraduate awards and scholarships. He is fully involved in academic practice which comprises leadership, management and administration, teaching and learning, research and enterprise. He is currently involved in both undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and research supervision with over 5years experience in delivering high quality teaching and maintaining good academic practice. His teaching responsibilities covers several topics in Soil Mechanics, Geotechnics and Advanced Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology and Advanced soil mechanics.

His research interests include Ground improvement and numerical modelling, Soil-structure interaction, Transportation Geotechnics and interdisciplinary research aimed at addressing key geotechnical challenges (such as effect of climatic change on performance of Geo-structures) faced by the design and construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructures. With concerns about the environmental impact of the built environment becoming increasingly urgent, Dr Abbey is focused on solving a number of problems which are of fundamental importance to industry and society such as the application of by-product materials in construction as viable alternatives to environmentally harmful ones. 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 titled 'The Road to Zero Swell', focusing on the application of Micro Silica and Synthetic Fibres in stabilisation of expansive clay soils, with the aim of achieving Zero Swell and offering safer alternatives in enhancing the engineering behaviour of expansive soils and making them more suitable for construction. Dr Abbey has delivered several consultancy projects within and outside the UK and as such very experienced in consultancy services pertaining to soil stabilisation and engineering behaviour of problematic soils and soil-structure interaction. He has co-supervised 4 PhDs and currently accepting PhD students across a wide range of Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering research areas including numerical modelling. 


Area of expertise

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


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