School of Civil Engineering

Dr Partha Narayan Mishra

Casual Academic
Office: 49-447:1
Phone: +61 7 3346 9820

Partha, currently holds a casual academic position at UQ where he liaises with colleagues for collaborative research, supports teaching at the school of civil engineering, and supervises graduate and Ph.D. students. 

Partha graduated with Institute gold and silver medals from National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India with a 5-year Dual Degree (Master and Bachelor of Technology) in Civil Engineering with specialisation in Geotechnical Engineering. He was involved in several projects pertaining to Geotechnical Engineering as research scholar and summer research fellow at Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati prior to joining as a doctoral research scholar at Geotechnical Engineering CentreSchool of Civil EngineeringThe University of Queensland, Australia with scholarship supports through IPRS, UQCent and School Top Up. His Ph.D. thesis explored the transition behaviour of dredged soft materials during desiccation through dielectric measurements, and led to development of an improved dewatering method using ventilated wells.



Doctor of Philosophy 04/2016-04/2020
Civil Engineering with specialization in Geotechnical Engineering
School of Civil Engineering
The University of Queensland


Master of Technology, Bachelor of Technology (Hons.) 06/2010-06/2015
Civil Engineering with specialization in Geotechnical Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India




[1] Hydro-mechanical changes in saturated porous media during evaporative dewatering
[2] Unsaturated soil behaviour
[3] Electromagnetic measurements in relation to geotechnical engineering
[4] Thermal and Electrical properties of geomaterials
[5] Numerical modelling of subsurface heat migration
[6] Application of artificial intelligence techniques in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Teaching and Learning

Tutor 07/2016-cont
CIVL2210-Fundamentas of Soil Mechanics
CIVL3210-Geotechnical Engineering
The University of Queensland, Australia

Graduate Teaching Assistant 01/2015- 05/2015
Department of Civil Engineering
National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India



Characterisation of soft fine grained soils in relation to dewatering of reclaimed land

Situated on the mouth of the Brisbane River, Port of Brisbane is one of the largest and busiest ports in Australia. Annually, a considerable amount of dredged mud from the port is being disposed in the reclamation areas, which as a highly saturated porous media is characterized with very low shear strength and fluidization tendency, and is not suitable for constructional activities. As such, ground improvement trials are evidently necessary. My research looks at the evolution of geoengineering properties of such fine-grained sediments and reference geomaterials through the windows of frequency dependent dielectric spectroscopy and several other laboratory scale experiments. The outcomes are expected to advance our understanding of the complex hydro-mechanical processes involved in transitional behaviour of saturated porous media and the impact of pore water chemistry during controlled and progressive dewatering. These fundamental studies will be beneficial towards the development of a novel dewatering technique using ventilated boreholes which is one of the key deliverables of the project.


1. International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - International award for best journal paper by early career researcher in unsaturated soil mechanics (Theory) (2018)

2. Indian Geotechnical Society, India - Bangalore Chapter Young Geotechnical Engineers Award (2017)

3. Queensland International Education and Training Excellence Awards – Research (2017) Research Student of the Year Queensland Government, Australia

4. Institute Gold Medal (2016) Best Post Graduate Student (Batch of 2010-2015: All Engineering streams) National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India

5. Institute Silver Medal (2016) Best Post Graduate in Civil Engineering, Specialization: Geotechnical Engineering (Batch of 2010-2015: All engineering streams) National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India

6. Best Paper Award (2014) For the paper “Appraisal of safe placement distance between canisters in a typical deep geological repository.National Conference on Geoenvironmental issues and Sustainable Urban Development, MNNIT Allahabad, India

7. Institute Academic Achievement Awards (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

1st rank in branch: 9.84/ 10, Acad. Year: 2013-2014
1st rank in branch: 9.77/ 10, Acad. Year: 2012-2013
2nd rank in branch: 9.38/ 10, Acad. Year: 2011-2012
2nd rank in branch: 8.53/ 10, Acad. Year: 2010-2011
National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India


Key Publications

  • Mishra, P.N., Scheuermann A., Bore,T., and Li, L. (2018). “Salinity effects on soil shrinkage characteristic curves of fine grained geomaterials.” Journal of Rock Mech. and Geotechnical Engineering, Elsevier, 11(1), 181-191. DOI:
  • Mishra, P.N., Scheuermann, A., and Li, L. (2018). “Significance of Corrections and Impact of Saline Pore Fluid on Kaolin.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 30(11), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002458
  • Mishra, P.N., Bore, T., Jiang, Y., Scheuermann, A., and Li, L. (2018) “Dielectric spectroscopy measurements on kaolin suspension for sedimentation monitoring application.” Measurement, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Mishra, P.N., Bore, T., Scheuermann, A., and Li, L. (2017) “Measurement of dielectric properties of Kaolin with saline pore fluid during dewatering.” 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE-2017), Seoul, South Korea. Link to PDF
  • Mishra ,P.N., Das, S.K., and Suman, S. (2016) “Experimental investigation and prediction models for thermal conductivity of biomodified buffer materials for hazardous waste disposal.” Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, ASCE, 21(2), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000327