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Department of Engineering

Dr Stuart Haigh


Stuart Haigh

University Senior Lecturer

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Geotechnical and Environmental

Telephone: +44 1223 7 68052



Research interests

Stuart Haigh has extensive experience using geotechnical centrifuge modelling to investigate a wide array of research problems, ranging from liquefaction of slopes during earthquakes to the long-term behaviour of foundations for offshore wind-turbines. His interests in the dynamics of soils have led him to investigate a variety of research areas, including earthquake-induced liquefaction of soils, the cyclic upheaval buckling of offshore oil pipelines, and dynamic slope stability during Atterberg’s liquid limit test. Stuart continues to carry out research in a wide variety of areas of geotechnics using physical and numerical modelling to investigate the behaviour of geotechnical systems.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Together with Prof. Gopal Madabhushi, Stuart has been investigating the long-term behaviour of offshore wind turbines. Cyclic loading from wind and waves can cause foundation stiffness to degrade, leading to resonance problems for turbine systems. Improved understanding of these phenomena would enable improved design for better long-term performance.

Research projects

  • SERIES: Seismic Engineering Research Infrastructures for European Synergies (EU FP7, 2009-2013)
  • Cyclic Behaviour of Monopile Foundations for Offshore Wind Farms (with Prof. Madabhushi EPSRC 2010-2014)
  • Development of Servo-Hydraulic Earthquake Actuators for use on Geotechnical Centrifuges (with Prof. Madabhushi EPSRC 2008-2010)
  • 3D Surface Measurement for Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (Royal Society 2010-2011)

Teaching activity

  • 3D1 Geotechnical Engineering I
  • 4D5 Foundation Engineering

Other positions

  • Assistant Director, Schofield Centre for Geotechnical Process and Construction Modelling
  • Géotechnique Advisory Panel member 2012-2015