ARC Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science & Engineering


Associate Professor Richard Merifield



BE (Hons I), PhD (Newcastle)


  • 2002
    PhD, University of Newcastle
  • 1994
    BE (Hons I), University of Newcastle


  • 2011
    Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, 7 yrs
  • 2011
    Associate Professor, University of Newcastle
  • 2008
    Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle
  • 2008
    Specialist Consultant, Douglas Partners Pty Ltd, continuing
  • 2007
    Specialist Consultant, Arup Geotechnics, 1yr
  • 2006
    Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia, 2yrs
  • 2003
    Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland, 3yrs
  • 1997
    PhD Candidate, University of Newcastle, 4yrs
  • 1994
    Geotechnical Engineer, Douglas Partners Pty Ltd, 3yrs

Awards and honours

  • 2011
    Outstanding Regional Contribution Award, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics
  • 2007
    Telford Premium, Institution of Civil Engineers London
  • 2004
    Trollope Medal, Australian Geomechanics Society
  • 2000
    Telford Medal, Institution of Civil Engineers London
  • 1994
    Tony Herzog Award, University of Newcastle.

Research Interests

  • Underground Mine Geomechanics
  • Slope Stability
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Geotechnical aspects of energy and transport infrastructure
  • Prediction of geotechnical failure using limit analysis
  • Nonlinear finite element analysis and Applications
  • Offshore Geomechcnica