School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


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Dr David Giles

  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer
  • Address: School of Earth & Environmental Sciences University of Portsmouth Burnaby Building Burnaby Road Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 023 92 842248
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  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Science


I am a graduate of the Portsmouth Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree with over 30 years’ experience in academia and industry working at the BGS and with Mott MacDonald, teaching at Portsmouth since 1991. My principal teaching and research areas include glacial and periglacial engineering geology, engineering geomorphology, landslides and slope stability, contaminated land, hazard and risk, geohazard management and remediation, spatial data modelling and geographical information systems, geostatistical techniques, remote sensing and image analysis. I am particularly interested in computer modelling with a PhD in Computer-Based Modelling and Analysis in Engineering Geology.

I am an active member of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, currently the Vice Chair becoming Chair in 2016, a Scrutineer for Chartered Geologist applicants and an active member of Geological Society Working Parties including UK Geohazards, Glacial and Periglacial Engineering Geology and the Engineering Geology of Artificial Ground.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am co-ordinator and lecturer on the following Undergraduate Units:

  • Engineering Geology and Geological Hazards
  • Contaminated Land and Groundwater Management
  • Landslides and Slope Stability
  • Hazard and Risk Analysis

I additionally lecture on the following Undergraduate Units:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Natural Hazards
  • Ground Investigation
  • Professional Skills for Applied Geoscientists
  • Applied Geoscience Projects

I am co-ordinator and lecturer on the following Postgraduate Units:

  • Contaminated Land Assessment and Remediation
  • Contaminated Land and Groundwater Protection

I additionally lecture on the following Postgraduate Units:

  • Ground Models and Ground Investigation
  • Geological and Environmental Hazards

Fieldwork Experience:

  • Isle of Wight for introductory geology, landslides and geohazard assessment.
  • Isle of Portland and Lyme Regis in Dorset for landslide and slope stability assessment.
  • Malverns to study the engineering and geohazard assessment of rock masses.
  • Cotswolds to introduce geomorphological mapping techniques.
  • Villerville, Normandy, Northern France to undertake a geohazard assessment.
  • North Norfolk to study Quaternary Engineering Geology.
  • Kent to study landslide geohazards, slope instability and engineering geology.
  • French Alps, Provence and the Massif Central to study a variety of key geohazard and engineering geological sites.


My principal research interests include engineering geomorphology, landslides and slope instability as well as geotechnical risk assessment and geotechnical computer modelling. 


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