Dr Connor Hayden



Connor is a Lecturer in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department whose current research primarily focuses on geotechnical earthquake engineering. His Ph.D. research at the University of California, Berkeley involved ground motion selection as well as soil-structure and structure-soil-structure interaction including liquefaction (centrifuge modelling and development of 2010 Chile Earthquake case histories). Prior to joining the University of Auckland, Connor spent several years in engineering consulting at Fugro and became a licensed California Professional Engineer. During this time he performed analyses (primarily seismic numerical modelling and PSHAs) for a number of projects, including a stadium, bridge, nuclear power plant, subsea pipeline, and offshore wind turbines.  

Research | Current

Highly motivated and qualified PhD applicants are encouraged to contact me. Please briefly provide specifics regarding the research area you are interested in and why you are qualified. 

Numerical modelling of soil-structure interaction (SSI) involving liquefaction

Seismic site response

Ground motion selection

Probabilistic assessments 

Teaching | Current

CIVIL 220 – Introductory Engineering Geology

CIVIL 324 – Geomechanics 3

CIVIL 701 – Studies in Civil Engineering 1

CIVIL 722 – Slope Engineering


Areas of expertise

Numerical modelling (primarily 2-D and 3-D FLAC and PLAXIS)

Geotechnical centrifuge modelling

Liquefaction-induced soil-structure interaction (SSI) and structure-soil-structure interaction (SSSI)

Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA)

Ground motions selection, particularly involving near-fault pulse motions

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Allmond, J., Kutter, B. L., Bray, J., & Hayden, C. (2015). New database for foundation and ground performance in liquefaction experiments. Earthquake Spectra, 31 (4), 2485-2509. 10.1193/072814EQS120
  • Hayden, C. P., Zupan, J. D., Bray, J. D., Allmond, J. D., & Kutter, B. L. (2015). Centrifuge tests of adjacent mat-supported buildings affected by liquefaction. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 141 (3).10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001253
  • Hayden, C. P. (2014). Liquefaction-induced building performance and near-fault ground motions University of Califonia, Berkeley. University of Califonia, Berkeley. Related URL.
  • Hayden, C. P., Bray, J. D., & Abrahamson, N. A. (2014). Selection of near-fault pulse motions. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 140 (7).10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001129
  • Hayden, C., Bray, J. D., Abrahamson, N. A., & Acevedo-Cabrera, A. L. (2012). Selection of near-fault pulse motions for use in design. Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 21328-21338. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Helms, K. R., Hayden, C. P., & Vinson, S. B. (2010). Plant-based food resources, trophic interactions among alien species, and the abundance of an invasive ant. Biological Invasions, 13 (1), 67-79. 10.1007/s10530-010-9790-z


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 11, Room 1104
New Zealand

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