Brendan Bradley

Professor in Earthquake EngineeringBrendon Bradley

Deputy-Director of QuakeCoRE
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E304
Internal Phone: 92156

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Information on PhD and postdoc research opportunities: Brendon is a Professor of Earthquake Engineering and the Deputy Director of QuakeCoRE: The New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience, which is a network of over 180 active researchers. His areas of interest include engineering seismology, strong ground motion prediction, seismic response analysis of structural and geotechnical systems, and seismic performance and loss estimation methods. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in 2007 and PhD in 2009. Prior to joining the University of Canterbury in 2010, Brendon worked at GNS Science in Wellington, New Zealand, and as a post-doctoral fellow at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan. Brendon has received several notable awards for work with collaborators, including, the 2012 Ivan Skinner EQC award for the advancement of earthquake engineering in NZ; 2013 Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Discovery Fellowship; 2014 Shamsher Prakash Foundation Research Award; 2014 NZ Engineering Excellence Awards Young Engineer of the Year; 2015 University of Canterbury Teaching Award; 2015 TC203 Young Researcher Award; 2015 EERI Shah Innovation Prize; 2016 ASCE Norman Medal; and the 2016 NZ Prime Minister’s Emerging Scientist Prize. [updated May 2017]For other information, please see Brendon's personal website:

Recent Publications

  • McGann CR., Bradley B. and Jeong S. (2018) Development of an empirical correlation for estimating shear wave velocity form cone penetration test data for Banks Peninsula loess soils in Canterbury, New Zealand. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Baker JW. and Bradley BA. (2017) Intensity Measure Correlations Observed in the NGA-West2 Database, and Dependence of Correlations on Rupture and Site Parameters. Earthquake Spectra 33(1): 145-156.
  • Bradley BA., Bae SE., Polak V., Lee RL., Thomson EM. and Tarbali K. (2017) Ground motion simulations of great earthquakes on the Alpine Fault: effect of hypocentre location and comparison with empirical modelling. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 60(3): 188-198.
  • Bradley BA., Lee RL., Thomson EM. and Ghisetti F. (2017) Development of a 3D Velocity Model of the Canterbury, New Zealand Region for Broadband Ground Motion Simulation. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
  • Bradley BA., Pettinga D., Baker JW. and Fraser J. (2017) EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING PRACTICE Guidance on the Utilization of Earthquake-Induced Ground Motion Simulations in Engineering Practice. Earthquake Spectra 33(3): 809-835.

Additional information, including PhD and research opportunities, can be found on Brendon’s personal website: