Dr Esther Norton

Deputy Head of Department

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

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Esther has a doctorate in geotechnics, which she teaches on our civil engineering degrees. She also teaches hydraulics and fluid mechanics and the more advanced maths modules for our BEng Civil Engineering.

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esther.norton@anglia.ac.uk

Background

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After completing a doctorate in geotechnics at Sheffield University, Esther worked at a university in the north of Chile for more than ten years, teaching geotechnics and mechanics and carrying out research into soil dynamics, liquefaction, detritus flows and consultancy in landfill engineering. She also gained experience refurbishing and equipping a soils laboratory for undergraduate practical sessions.

At ARU Esther has incorporated practical lab sessions into all of our geotechnics and hydraulics modules. She's also changed and adapted the maths modules for our BSc Civil Engineering to make them more relevant for today’s civil engineer.

Research interests

  • Hydraulic conductivity of soils
  • Detritus flow
  • Soil liquefaction
  • Landfill in arid zones
  • Finite element analysis

Areas of research supervision

  • Galleting: history and usage
  • Mathematical modelling of flow through course grained drainage material
  • Finite element analysis applied to soil liquefaction
  • Geotextiles used as root barriers

Teaching

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FdSc Civil Engineering, BSc Civil Engineering, BEng Civil Engineering, MSc Civil Engineering

Qualifications

  • BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • PhD Geotechnical Engineering, University of Sheffield
  • PGCertHE, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, the British Geotechnical Association

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Landfill feasibility studies
  • Hydroelectric feasibility studies