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Dr Chris Beckett joined The University of Edinburgh as Lecturer in Geotecnical Engineering in 2017. His research interests focus on unsaturated soils under extreme conditions, for example when the soils are hydrophobic (for water sequestration infrastructure) and in earthen construction (highly dry soils). Chris’ projects represent international (UK, USA, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Australia) collaborations between engineers (geotechnical, structural, environmental, mining and mechanical), archaeologists, architects, agriculturalists/soil scientists, climatologists, foresters and disaster risk managers. Chris chairs Standards Australia Committee BD-083 Australian Earth Building and is a member of RILEM Technical Committee 274 (earth building) and International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Technical Committees 106 (Unsaturated Soils) and 221 (Tailings and Mine Waste).

Administrative Roles

Exchange Coordinator, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Education/Academic qualification

Geotechnical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The Role of Material Structure in Compacted Earthen Building Materials: Implications for Design and Construction, Durham University

1 Oct 200813 Jan 2012

Award Date: 13 Jan 2012

Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering, Durham University

1 Oct 20041 Jun 2008

Award Date: 1 Jun 2008

External positions

Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

1 Apr 2017 → …


  • S Agriculture (General)
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • TH Building construction
  • TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy


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