Dr Bill Murphy

Profile

Bill Murphy is an engineering geologist with close to 20 years of experience of research, teaching and consulting in the broad geotechnical field. His expertise is landslides and slope stability, with a specific interest in how the ground performs during earthquakes. Recently he is developing interests in modelling landslide systems with respect to establishing resilient ground engineering for changing climate systems. Field areas include New Zealand, Califronia, Italy and the UK amongst others. In addition to his research activities Bill has been a consultant to Arup; Halcrow; SRK and URS/Scott Wilson amongst others.

Bill Murphy is the program leader for the MSc Engineering Geology. He holds a BSc from the University of Strathclyde and a PhD from University College London. Dr Murphy is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a member of the Society of Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics. He is currently a member of the Geotechnique Advisory Panel and sits on the Editorial Board for 'Engineering Geology'.

Bill Murphy is an engineering geologist with over 25 years of experience of research, teaching and consulting in the broad geotechnical field. His expertise is landslides and slope stability, with a specific interests in how the ground performs during earthquakes and the performance of rock slopes. Other interests include engineering rock mechanics and the response of rock masses to time dependent processes. Research funding comes from the Newton Fund, UKRI and Industry. Field experience includes various parts of the EU, Central and South America, New Zealand and various parts of SE Asia.

Bill has been a consultant to Scott Wilson; Halcrow; AECOM; Kier-BAM Jv and Arup. Consulting activities have covered slope stability problems and rock mechanics. He is one of the authors of the forthcoming CIRIA guide for rock netting systems and retains a keen interest in involvement with industry.

Bill Murphy was the program leader for the MSc Engineering Geology from 2001-2014. He holds a BSc from the University of Strathclyde and a PhD from University College London. Dr Murphy is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a member of the Society of Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics. He is currently a member of the editorial board of 'Engineering Geology' and has been on the editorial boards of Geotechnique (2011-2018) and Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology.

Bill is a Chartered Geologist.

  • Engineering geology
  • Landslide mechanics and slope instability
  • Geological processes in rock mechanics
  • Earthquake induced ground failure

Responsibilities

  • Pro Dean International

Research interests

  • Engineering geology
  • Landslides
  • Earthquakes
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Qualifications

  • PhD Geology
  • BSc (Hons) Geography & Geology

Professional memberships

  • The Geological Society of London
  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • Chartered Geologist

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Applied Geoscience
  • Petrophysics and Geomechanics

Current postgraduate research students

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