Professor Chris Rogers

Professor Chris Rogers
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
University of Birmingham
 

Chris Rogers spent three years in the civil engineering industry before returning to academia to research pipeline soil-structure interaction. He lectured at Nottingham and Loughborough Universities before taking up his current position at the University of Birmingham in 1998. His research portfolio is dominated by two primary, necessarily interrelated, themes of infrastructure engineering and urban sustainability, resilience and liveability. Building on prior research into trenchless technology, buried pipes, soil stabilization and road foundations, since 2004 he has led the multi-university EPSRC Mapping the Underworld (MTU) research initiative. MTU addresses the complex challenge of locating and mapping pipelines and cables buried beneath the streets, and has recently expanded into the use of shallow-surface geophysics to assess the condition of road structures, buried pipelines and cables, and the ground that supports them both (Assessing the Underworld). In iBUILD, he is working with engineers and economists to explore alternative business models emerging from considerations of infrastructure interdependencies. With a focus on underground space use and utility service provision to future cities more generally, he led the multi-disciplinary Urban Futures consortium (part of EPSRC’s Sustainable Urban Environments programme) and leads the Liveable Cities Programme Grant, both exploring the performance of future cities in relation to citizen and planetary wellbeing. He chairs the ICE’s Innovation & Research Panel and Futures Group, and is a member of the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government Foresight Future of Cities project.