Matthew Hughes

Senior LecturerMatthew Hughes

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E446
Internal Phone: 94599

Research Interests

I am currently conducting geospatial research on the impacts of the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence on Christchurch City's infrastructure lifelines. This work is focussing on the potable water and waste water systems and the road network, to understand how ground deformation (transient seismic shaking, permanent deformation via liquefaction and lateral spreading) has caused the spatio-temporal patterns in infrastructure damage we see. I collaborate with members of the Christchurch City Council and the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. The lessons arising from this research have important implications for understanding lifeline performance and resilience in future earthquakes in New Zealand and around the world.

My background is in paleoclimate and landscape evolution, and I have a strong intereste in understanding the dynamic interactions between seismic and climate hazrds, and their impacts on both urban and rural populations.

I also teach a 4th-year Geographic Information Systems course in the Natural Hazards Programme (Geological Sciences), and run a professional course at the University of Canterbury Risk, Resilience and Renewal Centre (UCR3), entitled Geospatial Technologies in Hazard/Disaster Assessment and Emergency Response.

Recent Publications

  • McKibbon D., Blake D., Wilson T., Wotherspoon L. and Hughes M. (2019) A geospatial assessment of critical infrastructure impacts and adaptations in small rural towns following the 14 November 2016 (Kaikōura) earthquake, New Zealand. Japanese Geotechnical Society Special Publication 6(2): 19-29.
  • Williams JH., Wilson TM., Horspool N., Lane EM., Hughes MW., Davies T., Le L. and Scheele F. (2019) Tsunami impact assessment: development of vulnerability matrix for critical infrastructure and application to Christchurch, New Zealand. Natural Hazards 96(3): 1167-1211.
  • 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.
  • Davies AJ., Sadashiva V., Aghababaei M., Barnhill D., Costello SB., Fanslow B., Headifen D., Hughes MW., Kotze R. and Mackie J. (2017) Transport infrastructure performance and management in the South Island of New Zealand, during the first 100 days following the 2016 Mw 7.8 “Kaikōura” Earthquake. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 50(2): 271-299.
  • Hayes J., Wilson TM., Deligne NI., Cole J. and Hughes MW. (2017) A model to assess tephra clean-up requirements in urban environments. Journal of Applied Volcanology 6(1): 23.