Malcolm Chrisp

Head of School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

+44 (0) 131 451 3595
Room 3.06, William Arrol Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, United Kingdom

• Development of monitoring techniques to quantify the durability performance of cementitious materials;
• Development of smart materials which provide real-time feedback on performance;
• Development of design strategies to allow rural communities to self-resource infrastructure developments.

Selected publications

1. McCarter WJ, Starrs G, Kandasami S, Chrisp, T.M. et al.: Electrode Configurations for Resistivity Measurements on Concrete ACI MATERIALS JOURNAL, Volume: 106 Issue: 3 Pages: 258-264, MAY-JUN 2009

2. McCarter WJ, Starrs G, Chrisp TM, et al., Complex Impedance and Dielectric Dispersion in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Cement Matrices ; JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY Volume: 92 Issue: 7 Pages: 1617-1620, JUL 2009

3. CHRISP, T. M., McCARTER, W. J., STARRS, G. and BASHEER, M, 'Real-Time monitoring of covercrete response to environmental action', International Conference on Durability of Concrete Structures (ICDCS 2008), Vol. 1, 92-98, Hangzhou, P.R. China, November 2008, (ISBN 978-7-308-06391-3).

4. MCILWAINE, GAWN G. FRCS, FRCOPHTH; CARRIM, ZIA I. MB, CHB; LUECK, CHRISTIAN J. PHD, FRCP(UK), FRCP(ED), FRACP; CHRISP, T. MALCOLM PHD “A Mechanical Theory to Account for Bitemporal Hemianopia From Chiasmal Compression”, Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 25(1):40-43, March 2005. Joint Author

5. CHRISP, T.M., GULLAND, C.B., CAIRNS, J., ‘Roundwood buildings for rural community projects', Journal of Scottish Forestry, vol. 55, no. 3, 2001, 153-158, Senior Author.

6. CHRISP, T.M., CAIRNS, J., GULLAND, C.B., ‘The development of roundwood timber pole structures for use on rural community technology projects', Journal of Construction and Building Materials, vol. 17, issue 4, June 2003, pp269-279, Senior Author.

7. CHRISP, T.M., WILSON, L., CAIRNS, J., ‘Developing architectural awareness in structural engineers', Journal of Institution of Structural Engineers, April 2003, vol 81, no. 7, pp27-32,


Malcolm Chrisp is Director of Teaching & Learning in the School of the Built Environment. He is a civil engineering graduate and has studied at Newcastle University and Bristol University. Upon graduation in 1984, he worked with Mott MacDonald Group as a design engineer working on a range of major design projects including Severn Suspension Bridge and Channel Tunnel. In 1991, he joined Heriot-Watt University as a Lecturer and was subsequently promoted to Professorial Fellow in the School of the Built Environment. He is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE).

His research and consultancy interests are in structural materials testing and performance. He has held grants in materials development with Transport Scotland and EPSRC. He has also worked developing timber building designs that allow rural communities to resources their own self-resourced developments.