• The University of Western Australia (M017), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 263 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
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Personal profile


Chris Beckett was a Research Associate and later a Research Fellow in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering from 2012 to 2017. He is now a Lecturer in Geotechnical Enigneering at The University of Edinburgh, UK, and holds an Adjunct Research Fellow position at UWA. His research focuses on the interaction between soil microstructural features and their mechanical properties, within the unsaturated soil mechanics (USM) framework.

Teaching overview

Chris currently remotely supervises one PhD student. He supervised over 60 final year research projects whilst at UWA in the fields of rammed earth research and agricultural engineering.


RE construction: RE is a sustainable, environmentally friendly construction technique which offers vast energy savings over traditional construction materials. Championed by Chris and others at UWA, research into these material based on USM principles is now becoming the industry standard.
Mine tailings: Seepage control in Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs) is critical for human and environmental safety. This work developed innovative and versatile equipment for use with the UWA geotechnical centrifuge to test model TSF embankments, providing industry with reliable, benchmark results.
Agricultural soils: Proper management of agricultural soils is critical for future food security. This research applies USM principles to soil management to predict the effects of physical management strategies on soil performance.

External positions

Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

1 Apr 2017 → …


  • Advanced experimental methods
  • Geomaterials
  • Geomechanics/geomechanical soil science
  • Cemented soils
  • Stabilised soils
  • Soil microstructure
  • Soil compaction
  • Soil mechanics
  • Seepage modelling

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Research Output 2011 2018

  • 263 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 20 Article
  • 14 Conference paper
1 Citation (Scopus)

Corrosion protection of steel embedded in cement-stabilised rammed earth

Meek, A. H., Beckett, C. T. S., Carsana, M. & Ciancio, D., 30 Oct 2018, In : Construction and Building Materials. 187, p. 942-953 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Corrosion protection
Earth (planet)
3 Citations (Scopus)

Evaluation of the dynamic cone penetrometer to detect compaction in ripped soils

Beckett, C. T. S., Bewsher, S., Guzzomi, A. L., Lehane, B. M., Fourie, A. B. & Riethmuller, G., 1 Jan 2018, In : Soil and Tillage Research. 175, p. 150-157 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

soil compaction
5 Citations (Scopus)
62 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Earth (planet)
Thermal comfort
Hot Temperature
Energy efficiency
10 Citations (Scopus)

Rammed Earth incorporating Recycled Concrete Aggregate: a sustainable, resistant and breathable construction solution

Arrigoni, A., Beckett, C. T. S., Ciancio, D., Pelosato, R., Dotelli, G. & Grillet, A. C., 1 Oct 2018, In : Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 137, p. 11-20 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Strength characterisation of soil-based construction materials

Beckett, C. T. S., Augarde, C. E., Easton, D. & Easton, T., 1 May 2018, In : Geotechnique. 68, 5, p. 400-409 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Earth (planet)
sandy loam


Rammed-Earth Houses Thermal Performance Measurements

Cardell-Oliver, R. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 29 Nov 2018



Projects 2017 2018