ARC Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science & Engineering


Conjoint Professor of Practice Richard Kelly



BE, PhD (Sydney)


  • 2001
    PhD, Sydney University
  • 1993
    BE, Sydney University


  • 2005
    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


  • 2015
    Chief Technical Principal, Geotechnical, SMEC
  • 2012
    Research Academic, ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering
  • 2005
    Principal, Coffey Geotechnics, Sydney (Current)
  • 2002
    Post Doctoral Researcher, Oxford University, UK. Suction caissons as foundations for offshore wind turbines
  • 2004
    Post Graduate Student, Sydney University, Development of a large diameter ring shear apparatus
  • 1998
    Structural Engineer, Thorburn Colhoun, London
  • 1997
    Structural Engineer, Thorburn Colhoun, London
  • 1996
    Structural Engineer, Maurice Kelly and Associates, Darwin
  • 1994
    Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates

    Editorial Boards of International Journals

    • Ground Improvement, Editorial Board, Thomas Telford

    Research Interests

    • Ground improvement
    • Connecting academia to industry: from laboratory to prototype to production