School of Earth and Environment

Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou Dr Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou

Lecturer in Rock Engineering/Mechanics and Tunnelling

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31449
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Room: 101e 28 University Road

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience


I am a Geotechnical/Tunnel/Mining Engineer with post-graduate studies on the Design and Construction of Underground Works. In September 2016, I completed my doctorate (PhD) studies under Dr. Mark Diederichs supervision at Queen’s University in Canada and Dr. Matthew Perras at ETH (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). My research work is associated with the time-dependent behaviour of rock materials and the implications associated with tunnelling. In April 2014, I started working in a joint Research Project between Queen’s University and ETH (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) on time-dependent laboratory testing which required travelling between Canada and Switzerland. In February 2017, I was appointed Lecturer (Assistant Professor) to teach MSc level courses on Applied Rock Mechanics and Engineering at the University of Leeds (UK). My professional background involves working currently as Independent Consultant on rock engineering (tunnelling and geotechnical) projects and in the past as an Assistant Engineer in both private and the public sector through engineering positions.
In Greek, my first name (Chrysothemis) means Golden (-chryso) Natural Law - Justice (-themis), in case you were wondering.



PhD (2016): Queen's University, Canada

MSc (Hons) (2011): National Technical University of Athens, Greece

MEng (Hons) (2010): National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Research Interests

  • Time-dependent behaviour of rocks and rockmass (rock and structure)
  • Long-term strength estimation and prediction in rock materials
  • Advanced numerical modelling and analysis in geotechnical engineering (tunnelling, slope stability, foundations)
  • Improved methodologies and techniques on laboratory and field assessment
  • Data analysis for laboratory and in situ testing
  • Cost estimation and rick assessment of engineering projects in geotechnical and rock engineering
  • Reliability in the design methods of geotechnical/tunnelling projects

PhD students

Co-supervising PhD student (with Dr. William Murphy): Anastasios Stavrou