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Vincenzo Nardelli


Vincenzo Nardelli BSc MSc PhD

Departmental Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering


Dr Vincenzo Nardelli graduated from Politecnico di Bari (Italy), where he studied Environmental Engineering (BSc) and Civil Engineering (MSc). He then went to study for his PhD in Civil Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong, focussing on the micromechanical characterisation of granular materials. The main results of this research were included in an article published on Géotechnique, for which he was awarded the Geotechnical Research Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2020.

After a post-doc at the University of Hong Kong, during which he mostly carried out experimental research on treated sands, he spent 3 years in the construction industry working as a consultant for large-scale projects, including land reclamation and tunnelling.

Prior to joining the University of Oxford in 2022, Vincenzo was a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Birmingham City University, where he taught Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.


Awards and Prizes

  • Institution of Civil Engineers Geotechnical Research Medal (2020)
  • Best journal articles (Editor’s choice) in Géotechnique Letters Vol. 6 Q3 (2016) and Vol. 7 Q3 (2017)

Research Interests

Vincenzo has a significant experience in soil testing, having carried out experimental research on natural and treated soils at different scales. He has investigated the micromechanical behaviour of granular materials and worked on the design and development of a custom experimental apparatus for micro-scale testing. He has also got a solid research background in element testing by studying the mechanical behaviour of natural clays. He recently joined the Marine Renewable Energy group of the Department of Engineering Science, focussing on offshore foundations.

His current research interests include:

  • Advanced soil testing
  • Micromechanics and contact behaviour of granular soils
  • Design and development of experimental equipment
  • Ground improvement techniques
  • Offshore foundations


• Nardelli, V. and Coop, M.R. (2019). The Experimental Contact Behaviour of Sands: Normal and Tangential Loading. Géotechnique, 69, No.8, 672-686.
• Liu, D., Sandeep, C.S., Senetakis, K., Nardelli, V. and Lourenco, S.D.N. (2019). Micromechanical Behaviour of a Polymer Coated Sand. Powder Technology, 347, 76-84.
• Li, S., Zuo, L., Nardelli, V., Alves, T. and Lourenco, S.D.N. (2019). Morphometric signature of sediment particles reveals the source and emplacement mechanisms of submarine landslides. Landslides, 16, No.4, 829-837.
• Sandeep, C.S., Todisco, M.C., Nardelli, V., Senetakis, K., Coop, M.R., and Lourenco, S.D.N. (2018). A Micro-mechanical Experimental Study of Highly/Completely Decomposed Granite Tuff Granules. Acta Geotechnica, 13, No.6, 1355-1367.
• Wang, W, Nardelli, V. and Coop, M.R. (2017). Micro-mechanical Behaviour of Artificially Cemented Sand particles under compression and shear. Géotechnique Letters, 7, No.3, 218-224.
• Nardelli, V., Coop, M.R., Andrade, J.E. and Paccagnella, F. (2017). An Experimental Investigation of the Micromechanics of Eglin Sand. Powder Technology, 312, 166-174.
• Nardelli, V., Coop, M.R., Vitone, C. and Chen, S. (2016). The Inter-Scale Behaviour of two Natural Scaly Clays. Géotechnique Letters, 6, No. 3, 205-210.
• Nardelli, V. and Coop M.R. (2016). The Micromechanical Behaviour of a Biogenic Carbonate Sand. Proceedings of the VI Italian Conference of Researchers in Geotechnical Engineering, CNRIG2016. Procedia Engineering 158, 39-44.
• Nardelli, V. and Coop, M.R. (2015). An Experimental Investigation of the Micromechanical Behaviour of Cemented Sand Particles. Geomechanics from Micro to Macro. Soga et al. (Eds), Taylor & Francis Group, London.