Name Stephen Wilkinson
Job Title Senior Lecturer in Engineering Geology
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Architecture and Build Environment

Civil Engineering

Tel 01902 321085

Stephen Wilkinson

Employment History

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Geology at University of WolverhamptonJune 2016 – Present:

Teaching on modules:

  • Geology and Soil Mechanics,
  • Fundamentals of Geotechnics,
  • Geotechnical Analysis,
  • Geotechnical Design,
  • Civil Engineering Project
  • Civil Engineering Design Project
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Dissertation

Holding the following roles

  • Course leader for the BEng (Hons) Civil and Transportation Engineering Programme.


Lecturer at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University February 2011 - June 2016:

Having taught the following modules:

  • Basic Soil Mechanics
  • Design and Practice
  • Geology for Civil Engineers
  • Geology and Soil Mechanics 1
  • Surveying
  • Soil Mechanics 2
  • Integrated Design
  • Structural Design and Planning
  • Introduction to the Built Environment
  • Engineering Skills

Having held the following roles

  • MSc Civil Engineering Programme Director
  • Graduate Studies Officer
  • Year One Manager
  • Member of the University Foundation Year Committee
  • Chair of the Extracurricular Activities Working Group
  • Departmental IT Officer
  • Member of the Software Advisory Group
  • Library Liaison Officer
  • Member of the Library Affairs Committee
  • Departmental Webmaster
  • Member of the Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee



Imperial College London

PhD, DIC, Engineering Geology, 2007 - 2011

Imperial College London

MSc, DIC, Engineering Geology, 2005 - 2006

Imperial College London

MSci, ARSM, Geological Sciences, 2001 - 2005

University of Liverpool

Certificate of Professional Studies, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2012 - 2015

Areas of Expertise & Research Interests


Dr Wilkinson works across the fields of micro-imaging and engineering geology.


His main areas of interest are:

  • The application of advanced imaging and image analysis techniques to the solution of engineering problems.
  • The use of nano and bio-technology for enhanced engineering.
  • The quantification of variability across multiple scales.

Geological Society (London)

June 2003 to Present  Elected to Fellow 2005

Royal Microscopical Society

December 2007 to Present    Elected to Fellow 2012

Higher Education Academy

January 2015 to Present Fellow from 2015

British Geotechnical Association

December 2007 to Present

International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

December 2007 to Present

International Society of Rock Mechanics

2007 to Present

European Microscopy Society

December 2007 to Present

Society of Electron Microscope Technology

December 2007 to Present


Wilkinson, S., and Pourbakhtiar A. (accepted in press) An Assessment of Particle Characteristics for the

Analysis of Wind Turbulence Generated Gas Transport. Proceedings of the 13th IAEG Congress: San Francisco, USA, 17-21 September 2018.


Wilkinson, S., and Rajasekar, A. (accepted in press) An Electron Microscope Study of Biomineralisation for Geotechnical Engineering Purposes. Proceedings of the 13th IAEG Congress: San Francisco, USA, 17-21 September 2018.


Wilkinson, S., Zhao, C., Yang, Z., and Pan, K. (accepted in press) A Case Study on the Microstructure of Fibrous Peat (West Lake, China), Proceedings of the 13th IAEG Congress: San Francisco, USA, 17-21 September 2018.


Rajasekar, A., Sekar, R., Medina-Roldan, E., Bridge, J., Moy, C. K. S., and Wilkinson, S. (accepted in press) Next-generation sequencing showing potential leachate influence on bacterial communities around a landfill in China, Canadian Journal of Microbiology.


Hu, Z., Yang, Z.X. and Wilkinson, S.P. (accepted, in press) An analysis of passive earth pressure modification due to seepage flow effects, Canadian Geotechnical Journal.


Hu, Z., Yang Z., and Wilkinson S. (2017) Active Earth Pressure Acting on Retaining Wall Considering Anisotropic Seepage Effect, Journal of Mountain Science. 14 (6) pp. 1202-1211.


Tang, K., Wilkinson, S. and Beattie, G. (2017) Effects of curing temperature on the hydration of GGBS blended concrete and the use of electron microscope particle analysis. Advances in Cement Research. 29 (8) pp. 322-335.


Pourbakhtiar A., Poulsen T.G., Wilkinson S., and Bridge J.W. (2017) Effect of wind turbulence on gas transport in porous media: experimental method and preliminary results, European Journal of Soil Science. 68 pp. 48-56.


Rajasekar, A., Moy, C., and Wilkinson, S. (2017) Stimulation of indigenous carbonate precipitating bacteria for ground improvement. 3rd International Conference on Advances in Environment Research (ICAER 2017) 23-25 June 2017.


Rajasekar, A., Moy, C., and Wilkinson, S. (2017) MICP and advances towards eco-friendly and economical applications. 8th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (ICEST 2017), 12-13 June 2017.


Yang Z.X., Zhao C.F., Xu C.J., Wilkinson S.P., Cai Y.Q., and Pan K. (2016) Modelling the engineering behaviour of fibrous peat formed due to rapid anthropogenic terrestrialization in Hangzhou, China, Engineering Geology. 215 pp. 25-35.


Li M., Zhu X., Wilkinson S., Huang M., and Achal, V. (2016) Complete Genome Sequence of Carbonic Anhydrase Producing Psychrobacter sp. SHUES1, Frontiers in Microbiology. 7:1442 pp. 1-2


Wilkinson, S. P., Xia, J., and Chen, B., (2016) Sustainable Buildings and Structures, CRC Press, 275pp


Qian, X-Y., Zhang, Q., Wilkinson, S., and Achal, V., (2015) Cleaning of historic monuments: Looking beyond the conventional approach?. Journal of Cleaner Production. 101 pp180-181.


Wilkinson, S., and Fenton, C., (2014) The Influence of Geological History on Preferred Particle Orientation and the Observed Anisotropy of Over Consolidated UK Mudrocks. Proceedings of the 12th IAEG Congress: Torino, Italy, 15-19 September 2014.


Wilkinson, S., Brosse, A., Coop, M. R., Fenton, C. H., Kamal, R. H., and Jardine, R., (2011) An Integrated Geotechnical Study of UK Mudrocks, XV European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Athens, Greece 12-15 September 2011. 305-310pp


Wilkinson, S., and Fenton, C., (2010) The application of stereo E-SEM in understanding 3D mudrock structure, in Williams, A. L., Pinches, G. M., Chin, C. Y., McMorran, T. J., and Massey., C. I., eds., Proceedings of the 11th IAEG Congress: Auckland, New Zealand, 5-10 September 2010. 1849-1856pp



Hu, Z., Yang, Z., Wilkinson, S., Yang, P., Xiang, J., (2017) Numerical modelling of internal erosion in cohesionless soils using an immersed-body method. 2nd Transportation Research Congress, May 23-25, 2017 Beijing, China.


Pourbakhtiar A., Poulsen T.G., Wilkinson S., and Bridge J.W. (2017). Effect of wind characteristics on gas dispersion in porous media, 9th International Conference on Porous Media. May 8 - 11, 2017.


Pourbakhtiar A., Papadikis K., Poulsen T.G., Bridge J.W. and Wilkinson S. (2017) Effect of air turbulence on gas transport in soil; comparison of approaches, Geophysical Research Abstracts. 19 23–28 April 2017


Wilkinson, S., and Rajasekar, A., (2015) The assessment of the potential for the application of biomineralisation for civil engineering purposes. 1st International Mini-Symposium on Environmental Microbiology (IMSEM1). Shanghai, China, March 6 2015.


Rajasekar, A., Bao, Y., Bridge, J., Poulsen, T., Sekar, R., Medina-Roldan, E., and Wilkinson, S., (2014) The chemical environment for sustainable biomineralization. International Conference on Contaminated Land, Ecological Assessment and Remediation (CLEAR 2014). Chuncheon, Korea, October 5-8th, 2014.


Wilkinson, S., (2009a) The application of stereo E-SEM to 3D mudrock structure Belgium Society for Microscopy Annual Meeting & General Assembly: Gent, Belgium, November 2009.


-, (2009b) The microstructure of UK mudrocks Society for Electron Microscope Technology One Day Meeting: The School of Pharmacy, University of London, December 2009.


Wilkinson, S., Chung, P., Coop, M. R., and Fenton, C. H., (2009) 3D Mudrock Microstructure, MICROSOIL, Integrating Biological, Physical and Chemical Techniques for the Study of Soil Micro-Habitats: APEX Hotel, Dundee, UK. 16 - 17th September 2009.

Potential PhD Programme Subject Areas


The engineering implications of geological phenomena


The micro scale assessment of material properties in relation to mechanical behaviour.


The analysis of granular materials (imaging and mechanical measurement).


Discrete Element Method (DEM) modelling of granular phenomena.


Correlation of geotechnical behaviours across multiple scales


Assessment of ground variability due to historic use by man (contamination, reuse of old foundations, assessment of foundation behaviour)