Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Stephanie Glendinning

Professor of Civil Engineering


Professor Stephanie Glendinning is Professor of Civil Engineering and Dean of Strategic Projects.

The Dean of Strategic Projects role leads major infrastructure, academic, and technical projects across the University and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. Current and recent projects include:

  • £58m Urban Sciences Building - academic lead
  • Faculty Strategic Planning, including Newcastle University International Singapore
  • Faculty Estate Planning
  • An academic lead on University's cross-Faculty Cities research

As Professor of Civil Engineering, Prof Glendinning provides academic, professional and industrial leadership to a large suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Originally working in geotechnical engineering research, Prof Glendinning's current interests lie primarily in infrastructure resilience. Dr Glendinning pioneered the concept of the Urban Laboratory, an initiative aimed at developing and using full-scale operational infrastructure as a laboratory in which to develop research and impact. This approach is fundamental to the University's development of Science Central.

  • Chair, Undergraduate Programme Strategy Group
  • Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities. Academic lead for Urban Observatory strand. 
  • Director of Electrokinetics Ltd. a spin out company
  • Lead Development of Science Central as an at-scale, observable Urban Laboratory


  • PhD Geotechnical Engineering (Loughborough University, 1995)
  • BSc Engineering (Civil) (Leicester University, 1989)


  • Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Member of the British Geotechnical Association
  • Member of the International Geosynthetics Society

Industrial Experience

  • 2008-2009 Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship with global engineering consultancy Arup
  • 2002 - date 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-) 

Current Funded projects (RCUK)

  • UKCRIC - CORONA: City Observatory Research platfOrm for iNnovation and Analytics
  • Climate Adaptation Control Technologies for Urban Spaces (CACTUS)
  • UKCRIC - PLEXUS - Priming Laboratory EXperiments on infrastructure and Urban Systems
  • UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities: Urban Observatories (Strand B)
  • UKCRIC - UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities: Newcastle Laboratories
  • i-BUILD: Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery

Previous Projects (RCUK)

  • SHOCK (not) horror
  • PLATFORM GRANT: Earth Systems Engineering: Sustainable systems engineering for adapting to global change
  • Biological and Engineering Impacts of Climate Change on Slopes: Learning from full scale
  • Unsaturated soil geotechnics / linking with China
  • Remote asset inspection for transport corridor environments
  • Fluid Abstraction from Liquid Wastes for Waste Minimisation and Resource Recovery
  • Biological & Engineering Impacts of Climate Change on Slopes (BIONICS)
  • Novel use of ochre from mine water treatment plants to reduce point and diffuse phosphorus pollution

Other funding sources

  • Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship: Arup 2011 - 2012 
  • Knowledge Transfer Secondment- Newcastle City Council 01.04.11-30.09.11 £35,168
  • EKG China Summer School 2009
  • Rail Safety and Standards Board
  • 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