Dr John Derry St George

BSc, MSc, PhD


  • Senior Lecturer

I have industrial experience in the minerals industry working in Africa and the UK, and teaching experience in the areas of rock mechanics, slope stability, environmental engineering and surveying. For a number of years I have been involved with coordinating and assessing the Part 4 research projects in the Department. My research interests are in the permeability of coal in relation to stress changes due to desorption, the spontaneous combustion of coal and related heating effects, stability issues related to mineral extraction sites mainly subsidence and slope stability. In the last five years I have published over 18 papers (five in refereed journals) and 29 technical reports. I am also actively involved in consulting on a wide range of projects in slope stability, rock properties and subsidence.

BSc Mining Engineering, University of London
MSc University of Newcastle, Newcastle UK
PhD The University of Auckland, New Zealand



  • Chair of Faculty Safety Committee
  • Faculty APC Committee
  • Undergraduate Course Advisor

Research | Current


  • Laboratory permeability studies in coal
  • Subsidence prediction of settlements and problems related to old mines
  • Rock engineering in weak rock with applications in tunnelling.
  • Environmental effects of blast vibrations with respect to urban development.

Research groups

  • Geotechnical (infrastructure)
  • Water and environment

Teaching | Current

CIVIL 201 Land Information Systems
CIVIL 324 Geomechanics

CIVIL 722 Slope Engineering 

CIVIL 723 Rock Mechanics and Excavation Engineering


Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Member of the Institution of Materials, Mining and Metals, London
  • Member of the International Society of Explosive Engineers
  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council, UK

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Schlotjes, M. R., Henning, T. F. P., Burrow, M. P. N., & St George, J. D. (2013). Descriptive fault trees for structural pavement failure mechanisms. ROAD & TRANSPORT RESEARCH, 22 (4), 3-14.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Theuns Henning
  • St George, J. D. (2013). Education and training for the mining industry in New Zealand. In W. J. Rankin (Ed.) Australasian Mining and Metallurgical Operating Practices: The Sir Maurice Mawby Memorial Volume (pp. 189-190). Carlton, Victoria, Australia: Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
  • Al-Kubaisy, M., Widanapathirana, K., & St George, J. D. (2012). Investigating the Quality Assurance of Basecourse Aggregates. Paper presented at 7th International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements and Technical Control, Auckland. 28 August - 30 August 2012. MAIREPAV7. Related URL.
  • Donnelly, R., Clement, J., Le Heron, R., & St George, J. D. (2012). Redesigning risk frameworks and registers to support the assessment and communication of risk in the corporate context: Lessons from a Corporate Risk Manager in action. Risk Management, 14 (3), 222-247. 10.1057/rm.2012.3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Le Heron
  • Kikkawa, N., Pender, M., Orense, R., & St George, J. (2012). K0 compression and stress relaxation of pumice sand. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 138 (5), 625-628. 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000629
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12103
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Pender
  • Newns, W., & St George, J. D. (2011). Strength and Stiffness Parameters for Tunnels in Weak Sedimentary Rocks – A Case Study of the East Coast Bays Formation in Auckland, New Zealand. Paper presented at 14th Australasian Tunnelling Conference,, Auckland, New Zealand. 8 March - 10 March 2011. 14th Australasian Tunnelling Conference, Development of Underground Space. (pp. 9).
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16802
  • Newns, W., St George, J. D., Guinibert, D. J., & Gulley, R. R. (2010). An analysis of the effects of sample preparation on the index properties of the East Coast Bays Formation in relation to tunnelling in the Auckland region. Paper presented at 11th IAEG Congress, Auckland, New Zealand. 6 September - 9 September 2010. 11th IAEG Congres.
  • Hulse, P., George, J. S., & Li, W. (2009). How well does collaboration work in engineering project curriculum redesign?. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 11, Room 1108
New Zealand