Dr Róisín Buckley completed an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2007 and an MSc in Soil Mechanics at Imperial College London in 2014. She spent the interim working in industry as a geotechnical engineer in Ireland and Australia. She completed her PhD in Imperial College and spent one year there as a postdoctoral research associate.
In 2019, Róisín took up her current position at the University of Oxford as the Ørsted REMS CDT Departmental Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering.
Róisín’s main research field is experimental geotechnics, with a particular focus currently on field pile testing, cyclic loading effects, high strain dynamic pile testing and laboratory experiments. Her research aims to understand the mechanics of and improve the design of pile foundations subjected to axial and lateral loading for onshore and offshore applications.
Two recent joint industry projects in which her research has played a key role:
The projects have advanced the understanding of displacement pile behaviour in chalk under a range of loading conditions.
The ALPACA (Axial lateral pile analysis in chalk applying multi-scale field and laboratory testing) project is a major collaborative research endeavour between Imperial College London and the University of Oxford. The project is funded by EPSRC (£1.38m) and industrial partners (£390k). The testing programme aims to investigate axial and lateral capacity under static and cyclic loading, using state-of-the-art field testing equipment and fibre-optic instruments.
The primary aim of the research is to understand the behaviour of driven piles in chalk under axial and lateral, static and cyclic, applied loads, leading to an improvement in current design methods. The field testing is supplemented by additional experiments with a model scale pile, as well as new investigations into the chalk’s detailed mechanical behaviour, using in-situ testing and advanced static and cyclic laboratory testing.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in postgraduate or postdoctoral research opportunities