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I am Reader in Ge-Environmental Engineering and Programme Leader for Civil & Environmental Engineering (BEng, MEng). As a trained Geotechnical Engineer with over ten years’ experience of advanced geotechnical investigation of on-shore and off-shore soft sediments, I’ve held positions in both industry and academia in Malaysia, Iran and Germany.

Before joining Abertay University as a lecturer, I was a research associate in Geotechnical Engineering at Newcastle University.

I completed my PhD in Geotechnical Engineering jointly at the University of Bremen, Germany and University of Waikato, New Zealand. I also hold a MEng in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Technology Malaysia. 

My research interests are focused on applied geotechnics. I’m currently working on the SUCCESS project (Sustainable Urban Carbon Capture: Engineering Soils for Climate Change) to assess the impact of soil carbonation on flood risk and develop a system for measuring the carbonation process.  



PhD – Geotechnical Engineering [Co-operative program – University of Bremen (Germany) & University of Waikato (New Zealand), 2014].

MEng – Geotechnical Engineering [University of Technology Malaysia, 2010].


Former professional experience

2014 – 2016: Research Associate, Newcastle University, UK.

2014: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bremen, Germany.

2010 – 2011: Research Assistant, university of Technology Malaysia.

2006 – 2008: Geotechnical Engineer Technician, Kavoush Zamin Fars, Iran


Informal interests:

Running, fishing (amateur) 


Abertay University (2016 – present)

EEM103 – Landscape processes and surveying (Contributing)

EEM206 – Structures Engineering (Contributing)

EEM304 – Geotechnical Engineering (Leading)

EEM400 – Structural Design and Geotechnical Engineering (Leading)

EEM406 – Geotechnical Engineering Design (Leading)

EEM500 – Health, Safety and Environmental Management (Contributing)

EEM504 - Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (Contributing)


Newcastle University (2014 – 2016)

CEG1201 – Geotechnical properties of soil and rocks

CEG1711 – Tutorial skills for geomatics

Research interests

Dr Jorat’s research interest is mainly on applied geotechnics and is currently leading projects on soil inorganic and organic carbon sequestration and using artificial inteligance in analysis of soil. He was a geotechnical engineer researcher on the SUCCESS project (Sustainable Urban Carbon Capture: Engineering Soils for Climate Change) funded by EPSRC. His role involved designing and implementing field experiments to monitor geotechnical properties of the field during the carbonation process, assess the impact of soil carbonation on flood risk and determine a validation process for measuring the carbonation process. Prior to this, he worked on advanced CPTu and laboratory investigation of geotechnically critical on-shore and near-shore soft sediments in Germany and New Zealand and soft soil stabilisation of tropical clay in Malaysia.

Dr Jorat welcomes discussions with prospective PhD students interested in conducting their studies at Abertay University.


Post-graduate research supervision

Abertay University

Lead supervisor:

Carla Comadran Casas (PhD by research) 

Adnan Khan (PhD by research)


Roya Eidi (PhD by Research)

Meike Maria van Lit (PhD by Research)

Lilyana Miladenova (PhD by Research)

Kasun Herath Mudiyansela (PhD by Research)


Research grant

Over £1 million internal and external research grants as both PI and CoI.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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