Dr Maria Ferentinou

School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Dr. Maria Ferentinou, is currently a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnics at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research focus is on geohazard and risk assessment, climate resilience assessment of geotechnical infrastructure. Her specific interests are, on landslide susceptibility assessment, slope stability, rock engineering systems, artificial intelligence and data mining techniques in geotechnics, unsaturated soils and monitoring of ground deformation. She also conducts research in geotechnical engineering education.

Dr. Ferentinou prior to joining LJMU was an Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg (2016-2021), where she served as Head of Department; and before that she served as a Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2013-2016) and earlier she taught in Higher Education Institutions in Greece (2006-2012).

Dr. Ferentinou has offered consulting services on almost 40 hydrogeological, engineering geological projects for road, tunnels and dams’ construction, and smaller environmental and micro-seismic projects. Some of the major projects she was engaged was the Athens Metro tunnel, and Egnatia Odos Project.

Dr. Ferentinou is a member in the Technical Committee on Tropical Soils ISSMGE / TC107 as well as the Joint International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG) commission C37 – on Landslides Nomenclature and a member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment.

She is a member of the British Geotechnical Association, an associate member of ICE (AMICE), a member of ISSMGE, ISRM, IAEG and a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Nat.Sci) in South Africa and Greece. She is rated by the National Research Foundation in SA, as an established researcher, (C2).

Dr. Ferentinou is accepting PhD candidates in the area of Geotechnics.


University of Patras, Greece, BSc, Hons
National Technical University of Athens, Greece, PhD

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg, 2018 - 2021
Senior Lecturer, Civil Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg, 2016 - 2018
Lecturer, Geological Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2013 - 2016
Assistant Professor (fixed term contract), Department of Civil and Construction Engineering Educators, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, 2011 - 2013
Assistant Professor, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, 2006 - 2013

Journal article

Asteris PG, Rizal FIM, Koopialipoor M, Roussis PC, Ferentinou M, Armaghani DJ, Gordan B. 2022. Slope Stability Classification under Seismic Conditions Using Several Tree-Based Intelligent Techniques Applied Sciences, 12 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Karymbalis E, Ferentinou M, Fubelli G, Giles P, Tsanakas K, Valkanou K, Batzakis D-V, Karalis S. 2022. p Classification of Trichonis Lake graben (Western Greece) alluvial fans and catchments using geomorphometry and artificial intelligence ZEITSCHRIFT FUR GEOMORPHOLOGIE, 63 :295-312 DOI Author Url

Trong DK, Pham BT, Jalal FE, Iqbal M, Roussis PC, Mamou A, Ferentinou M, Vu DQ, Duc Dam N, Tran QA, Asteris PG. 2021. On Random Subspace Optimization-Based Hybrid Computing Models Predicting the California Bearing Ratio of Soils Materials, 14 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ferentinou M, Witkowski W, Hejmanowski R, Grobler H, Malinowska A. 2020. Detection of sinkhole occurrence, experiences from South Africa Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 382 :77-82 DOI

Ferentinou M. 2020. Sinkhole collapse propagation studies through instrumented small-scale physical models Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 382 :71-76 DOI

Chalkias C, Polykretis C, Karymbalis E, Soldati M, Ghinoi A, Ferentinou M. 2020. Exploring spatial non-stationarity in the relationships between landslide susceptibility and conditioning factors: a local modeling approach using geographically weighted regression BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 79 :2799-2814 DOI Author Url

Romer C, Ferentinou M. 2019. Numerical investigations of rock bridge effect on open pit slope stability JOURNAL OF ROCK MECHANICS AND GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING, 11 :1184-1200 DOI Author Url

Polykretis C, Chalkias C, Ferentinou M. 2019. Adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) modeling for landslide susceptibility assessment in a Mediterranean hilly area BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 78 :1173-1187 DOI Author Url

Ferentinou M, Fakir M. 2018. Integrating Rock Engineering Systems device and Artificial Neural Networks to predict stability conditions in an open pit ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, 246 :293-309 DOI Author Url

Fakir M, Ferentinou M, Misra S. 2017. An Investigation into the Rock Properties Influencing the Strength in Some Granitoid Rocks of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 35 :1119-1140 DOI

Karymbalis E, Papanastassiou D, Gaki-Papanastassiou K, Ferentinou M, Chalkias C. 2016. Late Quaternary rates of stream incision in Northeast Peloponnese, Greece FRONTIERS OF EARTH SCIENCE, 10 :455-478 DOI Author Url

Chalkias C, Polykretis C, Ferentinou M, Karymbalis E. 2016. Integrating expert knowledge with statistical analysis for landslide susceptibility assessment at regional scale Geosciences (Switzerland), 6 DOI

Romer C, Ferentinou M. 2016. Shallow landslide susceptibility assessment in a semiarid environment - A Quaternary catchment of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, 201 :29-44 DOI Author Url

Karymbalis E, Gaki-Papanastassiou K, Tsanakas K, Ferentinou M. 2016. Geomorphology of the Pinios River delta, Central Greece JOURNAL OF MAPS, 12 :12-21 DOI Author Url

Polykretis C, Ferentinou M, Chalkias C. 2015. A comparative study of landslide susceptibility mapping using landslide susceptibility index and artificial neural networks in the Krios River and Krathis River catchments (northern Peloponnesus, Greece) BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 74 :27-45 DOI Author Url

Chalkias C, Ferentinou M, Polykretis C. 2014. GIS Supported Landslide Susceptibility Modeling at Regional Scale: An Expert-Based Fuzzy Weighting Method ISPRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEO-INFORMATION, 3 :523-539 DOI Author Url

Chalkias C, Kalogirou S, Ferentinou M. 2014. Landslide susceptibility, Peloponnese Peninsula in South Greece JOURNAL OF MAPS, 10 :211-222 DOI Author Url

Karymbalis E, Chalkias C, Ferentinou M, Chalkias G, Magklara M. 2014. Assessment of the Sensitivity of Salamina (Saronic Gulf) and Elafonissos (Lakonic Gulf) islands to Sea-level Rise JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH, :378-384 DOI Author Url

Chalkias C, Ferentinou M, Polykretis C. 2014. GIS-based landslide susceptibility mapping on the Peloponnese Peninsula, Greece Geosciences (Switzerland), 4 :176-190 DOI

Karymbalis E, Chalkias C, Chalkias G, Grigoropoulou E, Manthos G, Ferentinou M. 2012. Assessment of the sensitivity of the southern coast of the Gulf of Corinth (Peloponnese, Greece) to sea-level rise CENTRAL EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES, 4 :561-577 DOI Author Url

Ferentinou M, Hasiotis T, Sakellariou M. 2012. Application of computational intelligence tools for the analysis of marine geotechnical properties in the head of Zakynthos canyon, Greece COMPUTERS & GEOSCIENCES, 40 :166-174 DOI Author Url

Koukis G, Sabatakakis N, Ferentinou M, Lainas S, Alexiadou X, Panagopoulos A. 2009. Landslide phenomena related to major fault tectonics: rift zone of Corinth Gulf, Greece BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 68 :215-229 DOI Author Url

Ferentinou MD, Sakellariou MG. 2007. Computational intelligence tools for the prediction of slope performance COMPUTERS AND GEOTECHNICS, 34 :362-384 DOI Author Url

Sakellariou MG, Ferentinou MD. 2005. A study of slope stability prediction using neural networks Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 23 :419-445 DOI


Conference publication

Mathe L, Ferentinou M. 2021. Rock slope stability analysis adopting Eurocode 7, a limit state design approach for an open pit IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 833 DOI

Ferentinou M. 2020. Prediction of open pit slope stability status using ANFIS model and RES ISRM International Symposium - EUROCK 2020,

Ferentinou M, Simpson Z. 2020. In search of approaches to embed teaching of geosynthetics within the curriculum: Filling an educational gap Geotechnical Engineering Education, :107-116

Simpson Z, Ferentinou M. 2020. Lessons learned about engineering reasoning through project-based learning: An ongoing action research investigation Geotechnical Engineering Education, :254-263

Ferentinou M, Simpson Z. 2019. Teaching geotechnical engineering for practice-readiness: An action research project Proceedings of the 8th Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2019 - Making Connections, :530-539

Romer C, Ferentinou M. 2017. The significance of identifying potential failure mechanisms from conceptual to design level for open pit rock slopes ISRM AfriRock - Rock Mechanics for Africa, 2017-October :351-364

Ferentinou M. 2017. An investigation of the relationships between the petrographic, physical, and mechanical characteristics of sandstones from the Newspaper Member of the Natal Group using self-organizing maps ISRM AfriRock - Rock Mechanics for Africa, 2017-October :1169-1182

Ferentinou M, Fakir M. 2017. An ANN Approach for the Prediction of Uniaxial Compressive Strength, of Some Sedimentary and Igneous Rocks in Eastern KwaZulu-Natal Konicek P, Soucek K, Konecny P. ISRM EUROPEAN ROCK MECHANICS SYMPOSIUM EUROCK 2017, ISRM European Rock Mechanics Symposium (EUROCK) 191 :1117-1125 DOI Author Url

Fakir M, Ferentinou M. 2017. A holistic open pit mine slope stability index using artificial neural networks ISRM AfriRock - Rock Mechanics for Africa, 2017-October :331-350

Ferentinou M, Krebs A, Romer C. 2015. Rockfall susceptibility analysis, the case of the access road to the Giants Castle nature reserve, South Africa ISRM Regional Symposium, EUROCK 2015, :223-228

Ferentinou M, Sakellariou M. 2015. Introduction of an objective matrix coding method for rock engineering systems through self organising maps 13th ISRM International Congress of Rock Mechanics, 2015- MAY

Lephatsoe MN, Hingston EDC, Ferentinou M, Lefu N. 2014. Kinematic analysis of the western pitwall of the main pit at the Letseng Diamond mine, Lesotho Alejano R, Perucho A, Olalla C, Jimenez R. ROCK ENGINEERING AND ROCK MECHANICS: STRUCTURES IN AND ON ROCK MASSES, ISRM European Symposium :613-618 DOI Author Url

Ferentinou M, Chalkias C. 2013. Mapping mass movement susceptibility across greece with gis, ann and statistical methods Landslide Science and Practice: Landslide Inventory and Susceptibility and Hazard Zoning, 1 :321-327 DOI

Chalkias G, Grigoropoulou E, Manthos G, Karymbalis E, Ferentinou M, Chalkias C. 2011. Coastal Vulnerability Index along the Southern Coast of the Gulf of Corinth (Greece) Ozhan E. MEDCOAST 11, VOLS 1 AND 2, 10th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment :615-625 Author Url

Ferentinou MD, Hasiotis T, Sakellariou MG. 2010. Clustering of Geotechnical Properties of Marine Sediments Through Self-Organizing Maps: An Example from the Zakynthos Canyon-Valley System, Greece Mosher DC, Shipp RC, Moscardelli L, Chaytor JD, Baxter CDP, Lee HJ, Urgeles R. SUBMARINE MASS MOVEMENTS AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES, 4th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences 28 :43-+ DOI Author Url


Labuschagne J, Ferentinou M, Grobler M, Jacobsz SW. 2020. Smart Monitoring of Sinkhole Formation Using Optic Fibre Technology Correia AG, Tinoco J, Cortez P, Lamas L. :763-773 SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG 978-3-030-32028-7 DOI Author Url

Simelane N, Ferentinou M, Grobler M. 2020. Experimental Investigation of Reinforced Slopes' Response, to Increased Surcharge Load, with the Use of Optic Fibre Sensors Correia AG, Tinoco J, Cortez P, Lamas L. :662-673 SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG 978-3-030-32028-7 DOI Author Url

Karymbalis E, Ferentinou M, Giles PT. 2018. Use of morphometric variables and self-organizing maps to identify clusters of alluvial fans and catchments in the north Peloponnese, Greece Geological Society Special Publication 440 :45-64 DOI


Collaborative Research in the field of “Geotechnical and Geological Engineering with the performance of Large scale shear tests of soil-geosynthetic interfaces ", Host University: University of Patras, Prof N. Depountis, Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Institute of International Education (Full Bright Foundation Greece).. 2021

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, British Geotechnical Association. 2021

Member, International Association of Engineering Geology. 2021

Prof. Nat. Sci. in South Africa, (2016 – present), South African Council of Natural Scientific Professions, (SACNASP). 2016

Member, Technical Committee on Landslide Nomenclature (C37), International Association Association of Engineering Geology (2016- present). 2016

Member, International Society for Rock Mechanics (2014- present). 2014

Member, Technical Committee Tropical Residual Soils Committee TC107), International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, (2020 – present).

Editorial boards:

Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, Editorial Board Member. 2014