Karen is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Construction Manager and Chartered Building Engineer who has worked in Higher Education for the last twenty years. She was previously a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University teaching on Building Surveying, Construction Management, Civil Engineering and Foundation Year in Engineering courses.


Previously: External Examiner for BSc (hons) Construction Management and BSc (Hons) Design and Construction Management at the University of Greenwich (2018 – 2022)

Qualifications and membershipsTeachingResearch interestsIndustry


BEng in Civil Engineering, Kingston University

PhD in Residual Strength of Natural Clays with Special Reference to Rate Effects, Kingston University

PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Kingston University


Chartered Civil Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Chartered Construction Manager, Member of the Chartered Institute of Building

Chartered Building Engineer, Member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers with Chartered status

Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Geological Society

Member of the British Geotechnical Association

Member of the British Hydrological Society


Karen has taught a wide range of subjects at Foundation Year, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level.

Teaching subjects such as:

  • Construction (Design, Materials and Regulation)
  • Project Management
  • BIM
  • Software: Primavera, AutoCAD, REVIT
  • Traffic Management
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Water Supply
  • Geotechnics
  • Basic Structures
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Academic Skills
  • Research Methods


Karen’s PhD is in Geotechnics and was on Residual Strength of Natural Clays with Special Reference to Rate Effects.

Her research interests are in geotechnics and flood risk.


Karen has worked in Industry in transport planning, design and flood risk management.


  • IBSEN, M-L & CLARKE KM. (2011). Construction Academic Skills Centre (CASC): a Drop-in Centre to Support Students with their Academic Skills, Run by Trained Student Advisors in the Civil Engineering and Surveying Departments. In: Morgan, M Improving the Student Experience: A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges. London: Routledge. Part 3 Chapter 10
  • BROMHEAD, E N; IBSEN, M L; & CLARKE, K M (2009) Mapping of the Landslide Complex at St Catherine’s Point; proceedings of the landslide processes conference, Strasbourg, France, 6-7 February 2009. Strasbourg, European Centre on Geomorphology
  • CLARKE, KM (2005) Residual Strength of Natural Clays with Special Reference to Rate Effects PhD Thesis, Kingston University Unpubl.
  • CLARKE, K. M. (2004) Activity of mudslides near St Catherine’s Point, Isle of Wight, BGA Cooling Prize Finalist paper 2004. ICE / BGA (Kingston University)) Unpubl.
  • BROMHEAD, E. N. & CLARKE, K. M. (2003) Basal Incorporation in mudslides at the slide-flow interface – some remaining questions. Proceedings of Workshop on Flows; Sorrento, Italy