Jocelyn Hayley


Department of Civil Engineering

Department Head

Department of Civil Engineering

PhD - Geotechnical Engineering

University of Alberta, 1999

BSc - Civil Engineering

University of Alberta, 1994

Contact information


CNRL Engineering Complex : ENF 202



Permafrost Engineering (ENCI 669)

Special Problems - Landslides and Slope Stability (ENCI 619)


Engineering Statics (ENGG 202)

Geotechnical Engineering 1 (ENCI 423)

Preferred method of communication

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Research areas

  • Permafrost sediments - properties, hazards, risks, climate adaptation
  • Gas hydrate and gassy soils - properties and marine hazards
  • Gas hydrate and gassy soils - unconventional hydrocarbons

Research activities

Studying the fundamental engineering properties and behaviour of gassy soils, focusing on shear strength, consolidation characteristics, and static and dynamic liquefaction potential.

Describing the behaviour of deepwater marine clays, sands and mixtures containing gas and gas hydrates, specifically the compressibility, the response to unloading, and the effect of hydrate dissociation.

Assessing submarine geohazards in shallow and deep water marine slopes subjected to natural and anthropogenic influences, including climate warming. 

Determining the geomechanical response of gas hydrate – sediment mixtures in order to facilitate the advancement of the methodologies and technologies required for characterization of methane gas reserves and formulation of field recovery strategies.

Assessing, quantifying, and modelling the strength, compressibility and thermal response of permafrost sediments, including subsidence and thaw induced by climate warming and the resulting geohazards and impacts on Arctic infrastructure.


Jocelyn Hayley, P.Eng., Ph.D., is a Professor (Geotechnical) and Head in the Department of Civil Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. She holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (1994) and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering (1999) from the University of Alberta. Dr. Hayley spent two years in industry and has consulted on various projects during her career. She joined the University of Calgary in 2001 after a postdoctoral fellowship at the prestigious Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo, Norway (2000). In 2018, she became Head of the Department of Civil Engineering following 3 years as Senior Associate Dean (Research) in the Schulich School of Engineering (2015-2018).  


View my publications on my research group website


2017 - SSE Teaching Achievement Award, SSE Research Achievement Award 

2017 - APEGA Women in Engineering and Geoscience Champion Award

2017 - Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada

2015 - SSE Teaching Excellence Award, SSE Service Excellence Award

2015 - Trailblazer Award, Women Engineering the Future

2015 - SSE Outstanding Teaching Award (2014, 2013, 2010)

2010 - Calgary’s Top 40 under 40, Avenue Magazine