Dr Unyime John BSc, MSc, PhD, FGS

Dr Unyime John

Department of Civil Engineering
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Civil Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Unyime is a Research Fellow of the School of Civil Engineering, and the Senior / Coordinating Fellow on the EPSRC funded Assessing the Underworld Research Project (EP/K021699/1).

Unyime has published several research papers in scientific journals as well as peer review conference papers, on a range of subject areas related to geoenvironmental engineering, geotechnical engineering and resilience assessments.


  • PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2011
  • MSc in Environmental Technology, University of Wolverhampton, 2005
  • BSc in Geology, University of Calabar, 2002


Unyime John qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Geology from University of Calabar, Nigeria in 2002. He then spent one year at the National Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe – Okene, working as a laboratory geochemist in the mines and beneficiation department until 2004. He then undertook an MSc in Environmental Technology at University of Wolverhampton in 2004, before working as a geoenvironmental engineer at Joynes Pike and Associates (Now part of opus group) until 2006.

Unyime went on to study for a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering (School of Civil Engineering) at the University of Birmingham, which was awarded in 2011. During the study, he worked as a post graduate teaching assistant in the School of Civil Engineering, assisting with the delivery of aspects in soil mechanics.

After completing the study, he joined the School of Civil Engineering as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, a position he has held until present, apart from brief spells between projects. Projects he has worked on include:

  • Cross Disciplinary Feasibility Assessment: Resilience of Critical Local Infrastructures 
  • Assessing the Underworld: Integrated Performance Model of City Infrastructures 



  • Cross Disciplinary Feasibility Assessment: resilience of critical local infrastructures
  • Assessing the Underworld: An Integrated Performance Model of City Infrastructures


  • Contaminated Land Research – Soil Stabilisation
  • Integrated Environmental Assessment & Management
  • Resilience and Sustainability Research
  • Critical Infrastructures Assessment and Management
  • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Research 

Other activities

  • Fellow, Geological Society of London
  • Member, American Association of Civil Engineers
  • Associate Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists


Selected Journal Papers 

  • John, U.E., Jefferson, I., Boardman, D.I., Ghataora, G., and Hills, C. (2011) Leaching Evaluation of Cement Stabilisation / Solidification Treated Kaolin Clay. Engineering Geology, 123 (4), 315 – 323
  • John, U.E., Jefferson, I., Ghataora, G., Boardman, D.I. and Hills, C. (2012) Time Dependent Leachability and Potential Environmental Implications from Stabilization / Solidification Treatment of Chromium Contaminated Clay. ASTM Contaminated Sediments: Restoration of Aquatic Environment, STP 1554, 2012,   187 – 207
  • John, U.E., Jefferson, I., Boardman, D.I., Ghataora, G. and Hills, C. (2014) Evaluating the Chemical Performance for Stabilisation / Solidification Treatment of Contaminated Soils. Accepted: Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 47 (1), 45 – 55

Selected Conference Papers

  • John, U.E., Jefferson, I., Boardman, D.I. and Ghataora, G. (2010) Characterization and Evaluation of Stabilized / Solidified Heavy Metal Contaminated Clays. GeoFlorida 2010: Advances in Analysis, Modeling, & Design, Proc. of the GeoFlorida 2010 Conference, 2759 – 2768
  • John, U.E., Jefferson, I., Boardman, D.I. and Ghataora, G. (2011) Chemical Leaching Assessment and Durability Evaluation of Cement Stabilized Zinc Contaminated Kaolin Clay. Geo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in geotechnical Engineering, Proc. of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference, Geoenvironmental Engineering, 905 – 914

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