Rock Mechanics, Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

Within the Rock mechanics, engineering geology and hydrogeology group (RMEGH) we investigate the geomechanical, geotechnical and geoenvironmental behaviour of the ground (rock and soil) and groundwater, mainly focusing on the interaction between the ground and infrastructures and/or man-made projects. Our aim is to expand the boundaries of the current knowledge in specific areas of rock mechanics, engineering geology (and hydrogeology) and geotechnical areas. 

We have specialist expertise in rock mechanics and tunnelling engineering as well in engineering geology, landslide mechanics, slope stability and weathering and hydrogeology of fractured rocks, hydrogeophysics and contaminant biodegradation.

Our main research of areas are related to:

  • Tunnelling (Underground Space Applications), Mining and Rock Mechanics- Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
  • Geomechanics and Seismology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Geothermal Energy
  • Risk Engineering and Natural Hazard Assessment

We aim to produce high quality research with practical applications and create scientific tools that practitioners and engineers can use during the design and construction of geo-related engineering projects. We have strong collaborative links with the engineering and environmental consultancy sector, regulators and waste management companies. We also have good links with related research groups both in the UK and worldwide (Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Greece, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA).

We have a wide range of facilities in house for rock and soil testing in our RMEGG Lab including aquifer testing; bore-hole logging and surface & borehole geophysical surveying. Additionally, we have well-equipped geochemistry laboratories with facilities for chemical and stable isotopic analysis of solid and fluid samples.

Further information

View all members of our research group, our recent projects and publications.

PhD projects

We have opportunities for prospective PhD students. Find out more.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss an area of research in more detail please contact the Research Group Lead: Dr Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou