John McDougall

John McDougall

Dr John McDougall



I came to Edinburgh Napier in 1996, as a research fellow, following a masters degree in Geotechnical Engineering at Bolton University (1993) and a PhD from the University of Manchester (1996). I became a lecturer here in 2004 and a reader in 2008. When I get round to sorting out my application, I will apply to become an Assoc. Prof.

I began my research career with the development of an innovative geomechanical model - the HBM model, which combined hydraulic, biodegradation and mechanical behaviours for the analysis of the long-term behaviour of landfilled waste. The model was able to predict settlement, leachate discharge and gas production under specified field conditions.

Because the landfill process model focussed on a partially saturated medium, my research shifted towards the measurement of unsaturated states in waste and soils more generally.

More recently, with my colleague, Daniel Barreto, I have been researching the dynamic properties shredded car tyres-soil mixtures with the aim of utilising this mixture as a means of improving the seismic resistance of building foundations.

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Research Areas


Conference Activity

  • Conference Organiser & Chair, 5th International Workshop, HPM5 Hydro-physico-mechanics of landfills, 2013


Editorial Activity

  • Geotechnique Symposium in Print, 2009 & 2011
  • Geotechnique Editorial Panel, 2007 - 2010


External Examining/Validations

  • Professorial Panel, King Saud University, 2016


Invited Speaker

  • "From MSW to Waste Tyres", Indian Institute Science, Bangalore, 2018
  • "Earthquake Resilience by Rubber Soil Mixtures", Fukuoka University, Japan, 2016
  • Dissolution and Precipitation, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2016
  • "Research and Practice in Waste Mechanics" Panel Member, GeoCongress, New Orleans, 2008
  • 1st Middle European Landfil Conference Keynote, Budapest, 2008
  • US NSF Workshop on Sustainable Landfills, University of Delaware, 2008


Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD Examination Jury, Universidad de Cantabria
  • MRes, University of Bristol
  • PhD Technical University of Delft
  • PhD University of Southampton
  • PhD University of Dundee
  • PhD Strathclyde University
  • PhD University of Southampton
  • PhD University of Southampton
  • PhD Strathclyde University
  • PhD University of Liege
  • MPhil Heriot-Watt University
  • PhD University of Southampton
  • PhD Imperial College


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