Brendan Bradley

Professor in Earthquake EngineeringBrendon Bradley

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

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

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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]

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Recent Publications

  • Bagriacik A., Davidson R., Hughes MW., Bradley B. and Cubrinovski M. (2018) Comparison of statistical and machine learning approaches to modeling earthquake damage to water pipelines. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 112: 76-88.
  • Bradley BA. (2018) On-going challenges in physics-based ground motion prediction and insights from the 2010–2011 Canterbury and 2016 Kaikoura, New Zealand earthquakes. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Bradley BA., Wotherspoon LM., Kaiser AE., Cox BR. and Jeong S. (2018) Influence of site effects on observed ground motions in the Wellington region from the Mw7.8 Kaikōura, New Zealand, earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(3B): 1722-1735.
  • Bruce Worden C., Thompson EM., Baker JW., Bradley BA., Luco N. and Wald DJ. (2018) Spatial and spectral interpolation of ground-motion intensity measure observations. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(2): 866-875.
  • Cubrinovski M., Bray JD., de la Torre C., Olsen M., Bradley B., Chiaro G., Stocks E., Wotherspoon L. and Krall T. (2018) Liquefaction-induced damage and CPT characterization of the reclamations at Centreport, Wellington. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(3B): 1695-1708.

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