Professor of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering, University of Southampton

Professor Susan Gourvenec is a specialist of offshore geotechnical engineering. Her research work provides industry-ready solutions for safe and efficient seabed engineering for the offshore energy sector, contributing to unlocking stranded hydrocarbon and renewable resources securing a domestic energy future and export commodity for the nation. Professor Gourvenec works in a trans-disciplinary context to address the challenges of decommissioning offshore infrastructure.

Prof. Gourvenec has been chair and co-editor of the proceedings of international conferences and is co-author of “Offshore Geotechnical Engineering” and is the author of over 100 international scientific papers. Prof. Gourvenec works collaboratively with industry partners through research projects and in her role as a consultant to industry. Prof Gourvenec is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and an elected member of the ISO committee responsible for developing industry standards for offshore geotechnical design.


  • –present
    Professor, Offshore Geomechanics, University of Western Australia
  • –present
    Professor of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering, University of Southampton, UK


  • 1998 
    Southampton University, UK, PhD