Stavroula Kontoe is a Reader in Soil Dynamics at Imperial College London, specialising in the development and application of numerical methods to study the performance of geotechnical structures under static, dynamic and seismic loading. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (2001), an MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology (2002) and a PhD in Computational Geomechanics (2006) from Imperial College London.
She has led several research projects on the seismic performance of tunnels, retaining structures and dams, on site response analysis and its incorporation in seismic hazard studies, topographic effects on seismic ground motion, modelling vibrations induced by pile driving and slope stability in strain softening materials, while her more recent activities include research on the axial and lateral response of piles supporting offshore wind-turbines. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, won the 2008 BGA Medal, the 2012 Computers & Geotechnics outstanding reviewer award, the 2017 Shamsher Prakash Foundation Excellence in Geotechnical Teaching prize and twice the David Hislop award (2019 &2021) for the best paper on offshore matters. She is co-editor for Computers and Geotechnics and serves on the editorial boards of Soil Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering and of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering and has served on the Geotechnique Advisory Panel (2013-2015). She represents the UK in Technical Committee TC203 of ISSMGE and in the European and International Associations of Earthquake Engineering. She is actively engaged with professional bodies and industry, and she is currently the Chair of the UK Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED).