Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Professor Susan Gourvenec


BEng, PhD


  • 1998
    PhD, University of Southampton, UK, Geotechnical Research Group
  • 1993
    BEng Civil Engineering (1st class Honours) Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, UK.


  • 2010
    Teaching Excellence – Postgraduate Research Supervision, UWA Award.
  • 2008
    ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, Excellent Paper Award.
  • 2008
    ARC Discovery Project Shallow foundation solutions for offshore oil and gas facilities. $480,000. International Science Linkages Competitive Grants Scheme; 2nd International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics (ISFOG).
  • 2005
    Int.l Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Young Member Award.
  • 2004
    Australia and New Zealand Joint Societies Award.
  • 2003
    Australian Representative to International Young Geotechnical Professionals Conference.
  • 1997
    British Geotechnical Society Cooling Prize Finalist.
  • 1997
    UK representative to European Young Geotechnical Professionals Conference.
  • 1994
    Thomas Hawkesley Prize (London University).
  • 1994
    Institution of Civil Engineers Annual Award.
  • 1993
    Drapers’ Company Prize (London University).


  • 2001
    Professor, Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, University of Western Australia, Perth (previously Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor), 11 yrs
  • 2008
    Principal Engineer, Advanced Geomechanics (part-time), 4 yrs
  • 2000
    Research Associate, Geotechnical Group, University of Cambridge, UK, 3 yrs

Editorial Boards of International Journals

  • Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Geotechnical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering
  • Offshore foundation systems
  • Geotechnical centrifuge modelling
  • Numerical modelling