Professor Martin Williams

M.S. Williams


BSc, MA, PhD, CEng, FICE, FIStructE
Professor in Structural Engineering, Fellow of New College, Oxford

Department of Engineering Science, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PJ, UK



My research interests cover a wide range of structural dynamics problems, including earthquake engineering, hybrid test methods, dynamics of historic masonry structures and suspension bridge dynamics. Outlines of some current projects can be found on the group’s Research page. My current graduate students (several of them co-supervised) are:

  • Christos Basagiannis - seismic design using elastomeric dampers
  • Sathvik Dev
  • Giuseppe del Gobbo - using dampers to improve the seismic protection of non-structural elements in buildings
  • Robin Malloy - optimal placement of damping devices for pounding
  • Xiaodong Shi
  • Xuanli Sun

Please note: Due to work commitments I am unable to supervise any new students. Please do not email enquiring after graduate opportunities or enter my name as a potential supervisor on graduate applications.


Current lecture courses:

  • Dynamics (1st year, paper P3)
  • Structural steel design (4th year, paper C5)
  • Structural dynamics (4th year, paper C5)

College tutorials:

  • Structures and mechanics (First year, paper P3)
  • Mathematical methods (Second year, paper A1)
  • Structures, mechanics and materials (Second year, paper A3)



I’m currently an elected member of Council of the University and serve on the University's Research Committee.


Selected recent publications (for a fuller list see my Google Scholar page (link:

  • I Lamata Martinez, I Ioannidis, P Pegon, MS Williams, A Blakeborough (2013) The Process and Future of Data Integration within the European Earthquake Engineering Laboratories. ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000308
  • JK Whittle, MS Williams, TL Karavasilis, A Blakeborough (2012) A comparison of viscous damper placement methods for improving seismic building design. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 16 (4), 540-560.
  • Karavasilis T.L., Blakeborough A., Williams M.S. (2011) Development of nonlinear analytical model and seismic analyses of a steel MRF with self-centering devices and viscoelastic dampers. Computers and Structures, 89, 1232-1240.
  • de la Flor G., Ojaghi M., Lamata Martinez I., Jirotka M., Williams M.S., Blakeborough A. (2010) Reconfiguring practice: the interdependence of experimental procedure and computing infrastructure in distributed earthquake engineering. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 368, 4073-4088.
  • I.Struct.E./AFPS (2010) Manual for the design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8. I.Struct.E., London, 408 pp (Member of Manual Task Group).
  • Chan R.W.K., Albermani F., Williams M.S. (2009) Evaluation of yielding shear panel device for passive energy dissipation. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 65, 260-268.