Personal profile


After graduating in Geotechnical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Turin in 2009, Irene joined Geotechnical Consulting Group in London, where she worked for the Crossrail project. In 2010, Irene won a PhD scholarship from the Government of Hong Kong and completed her PhD in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Coop (An experimental Investigation of the Influence of Weathering on Saprolitic Soils from Hong Kong). Afterwards she joined the Geotechnical research group at the DICAM Department and at the Interdepartmental Industrial research of the University of Bologna, where she worked on field monitoring of river embankments. 

In 2016, Irene joined the Technical University of Denmark as Assitant Professor and has since worked on laboratory characterization of Paleogene clays. Furthermore, she continues working on unsaturated soil mechanics and monitoring of infrastructure under the changing loads induced by climate changes. 

Other information

Irene is available for consultancy and student supervision within the following areas:

  • laboratory soil characterisation
  • field soil characterisation
  • experimental soil mechanics

Language Skills:
Italian (native), English (advanced), German (basic)

Research areas

  • Experimental Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced geotechnical testing
  • Experimental particulate soil mechanics
  • Geotechnical instrumentation
  • In-situ monitoring
  • Unsaturated soil mechanics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, City University of Hong Kong


Civil Engineering MSc, Politechnical School of Turin


Civil Engineering Bachelor, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna


External positions

Research assistant, Inter-Departemental centre for Industrial Research


Research assistant, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna


Research assistant, City University of Hong Kong


Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical Consulting Group



  • User defined:
  • Laboratory testing
  • Soil mechanics
  • Field testing


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