Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Stephanie Glendinning

Professor of Civil Engineering



Prof Glendinning joined the School in 1998 and is a member of the Geotechnical Engineering and Structures Group

Prof Glendinning has an excellent track record in environmental geotechnics which is founded on a long history of engagement with industry and academic work in this field.  She recognized that a step-change in understanding climate change impacts on transport infrastructure could be made only once controlled experimentation could be undertaken, proving cause and effect and providing long-term datasets.  She led the EPSRC BIONICS project, which provided a unique embankment facility, and is helping to advance scientific understanding to enable more reliable prediction of future performance and targeted resource allocation. 

Prof Glendinning has helped advance the science of electrokinetic geosynthetics (EKG), and in the development of  commercial innovations for large volume waste reduction, soft soil consolidation and slope stabilisation. She is research Director of Electrokinetics Ltd.

Dr Glendinning is now pioneering the concept of the Living Laboratory, an initiative aimed at both creating local impacts from world-leading research and developing new first-class research through tackling local problems at life-scale.  Its working philosophy is essentially to treat the city-region as a full-scale laboratory in which to develop and demonstrate research and its impact. 

Roles and responsibilities 

Prof Glendinning Chairs the Undergraduate Programme Strategy Group responsible for the design and implementation of our new Undergraduate Programmes in Civil Engineering 


PhD Geotechnical Engineering (Loughborough University, 1995)

BSc Engineering (Civil) (Leicester University, 1989) 


Graduate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Member of the British Geotechnical Association

Member of the International Geosynthetics Society

Member of Northumbria branch of ICE Committee

Industrial Experience


Half-time Royal Academy of Engineering secondee with Arup, Newcastle.


Graduate Engineer, Knight Piesold and Partners, Derby

2002 -

Director of Electrokinetic Ltd. 




Research Interests

Sustainable development, particularly in relation to cities and infrastructure

Impacts of, and adaptation to climate change on infrastructure, particularly in relation to slope stability

Ground improvement, particularly in relation to cementitious stabilisation and use of electrokinetics

Electrokinetics, particularly in relation to waste minimisation and slope stabilisation

Full-scale monitoring and modelling as a means of demonstrating research outputs and engaging user communities


Esteem Indicators

Member of the US Transportation Research Board Committee on Cementitious Stabilisation

Member of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Committee on Transportation Geotechnics (current)

Member of the EPSRC College (2002-2005, 2006-2009, 2010-)

Director Of spin-out company Electrokinetic

Member of Editorial Board of Geotechnique (2009-2012)

Editor of Engineering Sustainability (2010-) 

Recent and Current Funded projects

Research Council 

SHOCK (NOT) HORROR 01.09.11 -31.08.13 £269,498

Decision Theatre (via Impact Award) 01.09.11-30.06.12 £30,000

Transport – Living Lab (via Bridging the gaps award) 01.09.11-30.06.12 

Knowledge Transfer Secondment- Newcastle City Council 01.04.11-30.09.11 £35,168

Knowledge Transfer Secondment- Arup 01.02.11-31.01.12 £22 659

EKG China Summer School 01.03.09-30.04.09 £12,000

Climate Impacts on slopes - Learning from full scale 01.10.07-30.03.09 £95,973

BIONICS -01.09.04- 28.02.09 £895,435

Other funding sources

SRIF £240,000

Rail Safety and Standards Board £10,000

DTI Technology Programme 11.05-04.09 £166,395 


Undergraduate Teaching

CEG1202 Geotechnics - contribution to stage 1 introductory modules

CEG3001 and CEG3004 Design of Sustainaible Engineering Systems - leads the design and implementation of Stage 3 modules (40 credits in total)

Postgraduate Teaching

Leads modules in:

CEG8204 - 10 credits - Ground improvement techniques, building on research expertise and industrial contacts in this field

CEG8004 - 20 credits  - Enterprise for construction - building on commercialisation expertise 



Royal Academy of Engineering Secondment 01.11.08-31.10.9 £25,000

Royal Academy of Engineering (HE-STEM) Award 06.11-05.12 £6,000