Ciantia, Matteo


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Matteo is a Senior Lecturer of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He joined the University of Dundee as a Lecturer in August 2017. Prior to this, he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Imperial College for 2 years undertaking independent research focussed on the use of the Discrete Element Method (DEM) to study the installation of displacement piles jacked in sand from a micromechanical perspective. Before that Matteo was postdoctoral researcher at UPC Barcelona (2013-2015) working on DEM modelling of grain crushing and its effect on insitu cone penetration tests (CPT). Matteo obtained his PhD from Politecnico di Milano in 2013 on the hydro-chemo-mechanical coupled behaviour of soft carbonate rocks.

Matteo currently serves on the Géotechnique journal Advisory Panel and just completed his 4-year service on the Proceedings of the ICE Geotechnical Engineering Journal. He is currently Secretary of the Scottish Universities Geotechnical Network (SUGN), a member of the ICE Scottish Ground Engineering Group (SGEG) and a UK National Representative on ISSMGE Technical Committees 105, 211, 221 (Geo-Mechanics from Micro to Macro, Ground Improvement and Tailing and Mine Wastes, respectively). Matteo is a member of the Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) and was also involved with the organisation of the 2018 Engineering in Chalk International Conference which took place at Imperial College and attracted many industrial participants.



Matteo is a Fellow of the Advance Higher Education Academy and as such he has a broad understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support as a key contribution to high-quality student learning. As an effective educator he designs and delivers courses to produce graduates who have a strong theoretical background but at the same time are prepared to challenge practical problems making them industry-ready. Matteo's teaching modules are:

CE22002 (Project and Surveying) 

CE40007 (Computational Mechanics) 

CE40002 (Geotechnical Design) 

CE50024 (Advanced Soil Mechanics and Geoenvironmental Engineering) 



With more than 35 journal papers and over 50 international conference peer reviewed papers his background is broad and covers experimental (including physical modelling and field testing), theoretical (constitutive modelling) and numerical (FEM, DEM and PFEM) geomechanics of carbonate rocks and of crushable soils. Matteo’s research contributions to date were internationally recognised in 2019 when he received the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Bright Spark Award and in 2021 when he received the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG) Promising Investigator Contest (ePIC) Nominee Award. His current research interests fall into four main areas:

  • Offshore Geotechnical Engineering
  • Computational Geomechanics
  • Geomechanics applied to geohazard mitigation
  • Engineering assessment of tree stability
  • Discrete element analysis and the micro-mechanics of granular materials

This research has been supported by funding from the UK Research Councils and industrial organisations to a total value of over £1.1M.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Multiscale hydro-chemo-mechanical modelling of the weathering of calcareous rocks: an experimental, theoretical and numerical study, Polytechnic University of Milan


Award Date: 25 Mar 2013

External positions

Junior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

1 Oct 201531 Jul 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

1 Feb 201330 Sept 2015


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