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Dr Michael Brown is currently a Reader in the Geotechnics Research Group at the University of Dundee. He graduated from the University of Bradford in 1995 with a first-class Honours degree in Civil & Structural Engineering, and obtained his doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2004 for work on the rapid load testing (RLT) of piles in fine grained soils (Statnamic). He worked at the University of Sheffield as a research associate, firstly in the Geotechnical Engineering Research Group and then as consortium manager of the SUBR:IM project in the Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group. Prior to this he spent 5 years in industry working for specialist geotechnical contractors and consultants. He is the recent past editor of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Proceedings: Geotechnical Engineering. He is currently a member of ISSMGE Technical Committee TC212 on Deep Foundations, chair of CEN/TC 341/WG 7: Non-static tests on piles, an executive member of the SUT Offshore Site Investigation Group (OSIG) and a member of the EPSRC Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Research Alignment Group (RAG). He is a founding member of the Scottish Marine and Renewables Test centre (SMART) at the University of Dundee. He currently sits on the editorial panels of Geotechnique and JGS Soils and Foundations journal.

Professional Biography

  • BSc (Hons) Civil & Structural Engineering (1st Class), University of Bradford, 1995
  • PhD, University of Sheffield, 2004


Rapid load Pile testing (Statnamic)

Rate Effects in fine grained soils

Offshore Geotechnics

Pipeline and cable ploughing and installation

Debris Flows and Landslides

Anchoring and foundations for marine energy generators

Alternative and silent foundation systems for offshore wind


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Bradford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

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Research Output

Implications of volume loss on the seismic response of tunnels in coarse-grained soils

Kampas, G., Knappett, J., Brown, M., Anastasopoulos, I., Nikitas, N. & Fuentes, R., 1 Jan 2020, In : Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 95, p. 1-14 14 p., 103127.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    63 Downloads (Pure)

    On Lagrangian mechanics and the implicit material point method for large deformation elasto-plasticity

    Coombs, W. M., Augarde, C., Brown, M., Brennan, A., Charlton, T., Knappett, J., Motlagh, Y. & Wang, L., 1 Jan 2020, In : Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 358, p. 1-32 32 p., 112622.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    60 Downloads (Pure)

    Centrifuge investigations of normal and reverse fault interaction with jack-up rig spudcan foundations

    Oakes, K., Brown, M., Knappett, J. & Anastasopoulos, I., 12 Sep 2019. 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Centrifuge testing to verify scaling of offshore pipeline ploughs

    Robinson, S., Brown, M., Matsui, H., Brennan, A., Augarde, C. E., Coombs, W. M. & Cortis, M., 14 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. 19, 6, p. 305-317 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 141 Downloads (Pure)

    Design of plate and screw anchors in dense sand: failure mechanism, capacity and deformation

    Cerfontaine, B., Knappett, J., Brown, M. & Bradsaw, A. S., 25 Jun 2019, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (IS-Glasgow 2019). Tarantino, A. & Ibraim, E. (eds.). 2019 ed. EDP Sciences, Vol. 92. p. 1-6 6 p. 16010. (E3S Web of Conferences; vol. 92).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 82 Downloads (Pure)


    Best paper award

    Marianna Loli (Recipient), Jonathan Knappett (Recipient), Michael Brown (Recipient) & Ioannis Anastasopoulos (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Winner ICPE Best presentation award

    Michael Brown (Recipient), Sep 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    University of Leeds (External organisation)

    Michael Brown (Advisor)
    Mar 2020Mar 2021

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    3rd International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure

    Michael Brown (Member of programme committee)
    17 Mar 202025 Jun 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Keynote lecturer ETH Zurich WS2020, Ascona, Switzerland

    Michael Brown (Keynote speaker)
    12 Jan 202017 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote

    PhD External examiner, The University of Surrey, UK

    Michael Brown (Examiner)
    6 Sep 2019

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    Press / Media

    How about Screwing Offshore Wind Piles?

    Michael Brown


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research


    Circular dry cement inclusions: a novel approach to stabilising clay soil

    Author: Stuart, K. M., 2011

    Supervisor: Jones, M. (Supervisor) & Brown, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science


    Investigating the performance of continuous helical displacement piles

    Author: Jeffrey, J., 2012

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Investigation of the critical specific gravity for cables and pipelines during various backfilling and installation processes

    Author: Bizzotto, T., 2020

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor), Brennan, A. (Supervisor), Powell, T. (Supervisor) & Chandler, H. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Investigation of the interface shearing resistance of steel and concrete on different rocks for renewable energy gravity foundation applications

    Author: Ziogos, A., 2020

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor) & Knappett, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Rate Effect Behaviour of Different Clays from High Speed Triaxial Element Testing

    Author: Robinson, S., 2019

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy