Dr Chris Keylock

Dr Chris Keylock

Prize Senior Lecturer

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5705
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
Email: c.keylock@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: MezC3


Ph.D., 2002, University of Cambridge
M.Sc., 1996, University of British Columbia
B.A.(hons) 1994, University of Oxford


Chris Keylock returned to full-time academia when he joined the department as a Prize Senior Lecturer in July, 2010. He works at the interface of engineering, physics and earth sciences on a range of phenomena. Current research interests include:

  • The dynamics of mass movements (avalanches) and granular shear flows;
  • Turbulent flows over complex surfaces and the elucidation of flow structures;
  • Wavelet methods for nonlinear and chaotic phenomena;
  • Risk analyses for mass movements.

Activities and Distinctions

  • 2016 - Royal Academy of Engineering and Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
  • 2016 - Visiting Researcher, Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London and Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University.
  • 2014 - 20th Anniversary UK/RoI-JSPS Alumni Association Award.
  • 2004 – Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship
  • 1993 & 1994 – College Exhibition, Brasenose College, Oxford


  • 2013-2016: EPSRC - 'Advanced MIMO Radar Development for Geophysical Imaging Applications' with Electrical Engineering, UCL.
  • 2012: Royal Society support to participate in the Summer Science Exhibition.
  • 2011-2012: Santander Mobility Award to work with Cristian Escauriaza, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • 2009-2011: British Council Alliance programme UK-France 'Risk zoning for snow avalanches in a changing climate' with CEMAGREF, Grenoble.
  • 2008 - 2011 : NERC - 'Geophysical flow dynamics using pulsed Doppler radar' with Mathematics, University of Cambridge, and Electrical Engineering, UCL.
  • 2004: British Council PPS programme UK-Netherlands 'Measuring and modelling flow through flexible fractal objects' with Mathematics, University of Twente, Netherlands.
  • 2004: Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship (Short Term) 'Snow saltation as a function of temperature and the role of coherent vortices'
  • 2003: NERC – Funding for meeting on Geophysical Granular and Particle Laden Flows formed as a satellite meeting to the Isaac Newton Institute programme on Granular and Particle Laden Flows, with Mathematics at Bristol and Manchester.
  • 2002 – 2005: Partner on the EU 5th Framework research programme 'Avalanche Studies and Model Validation in Europe' SATSIE.
  • 2002 - 2004: Nuffield Foundation award to New for Large-Eddy Simulation study of flow and sediment movement at confluences.

Selected Publications

Journal articles