Background and activities

Elena Scibilia (Kuznetsova) is a senior researcher at the Department of Civil and Environmental engineering and an adjunct professor at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU. She has master degree (in geology/geocryology) (2008) and PhD (in engineering geology, hydrology and geocryology) (2011) from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.

Research Interests

  • transport infrastructure
  • crushed rock aggregates
  • frost protection of roads and railways
  • frost heave and frost susceptibility
  • permafrost and frozen soils
  • thermal properties of soils
  • volcanic ash and amorphous clays

Recent Work Experience

2021 - Senior Researcher,  dep. Civil and Environmental engineering, NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Trondheim, Norway

2021- Adjunct professor, dep. Geoscience and Petroeum, NTNU, Trondheim

2017- Research scientist, dep. Civil and Environmental engineering, NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Trondheim, Norway

2014 – 2016 Postdoctoral fellow, NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Trondheim, Norway

2012– 2013 Research scientist, SINTEF Building and Infrastructure, Trondheim, Norway

Recent projects

2021-2025 - project leader. GREEN MOVE: Sustainable movement and restoration of natural and productive soils in important infrastructure projects financed by the Research Council of Norway (RCN)

2020-2023 - task leader. T1.3: Barriers in political, economic, social and technical aspects. EU project IM-SAFE: Harmonised Transport Infrastructure Monitoring in Europe for Optimal Maintenance and Safety.

2019-2020 – project leader. 0-4 mm fraksjon: Bruksmulighet for finfraksjon fra pukkproduksjon – frostsikringslag financed by Norwegian aggregates’ producers

2018-2021 – Project leader, students’ coordinator. RuNoCORE: Russian-Norwegian research-based education in cold regions engineering  financed by the Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education (SIU). 

2018-2021 – coordinator. FROSEN CANOEs: Landscape and Infrastructure dynamics of frozen environments undergoing climate change in Canada, Norway and Svalbard financed by the Research Council of Norway (RCN)

2015-2019 – Project leader, research, PhD supervision. FROST: Frost protection of roads and railways project funded by the Research Council of Norway.

2013 - Project manager, research. WP6 "Benchmarking, measures, and standardization", EU funded project PANTURA – Low-disturbance sustainable urban construction

2012-2013 research. WP6 Coastal technology. SFI SAMCoT Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology


Since 2018 SN/K 005 Tilslag, Standard Norge

Since 2017 Teknisk Byggeråstoffkomite Norsk Bergindustri

Since 2016 Steering committee Frost I Jord

g committee Frost I Jord

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Bigaj-van Vliet, Agnieszka; Allaix, Diego L.; Kohler, Jochen; Scibilia, Elena. (2021) Standardisation in Monitoring, Safety Assessment and Maintenance of the Transport Infrastructure: Current Status and Future Perspectives. Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the European Association on Quality Control of Bridges and Structures.
  • Loranger, Benoit; Hoff, Inge; Scibilia, Elena; Doré, Guy. (2019) Frost Heave Laboratory Investigation on Crushed Rock Aggregates. Cold Regions Engineering 2019.
  • Loranger, Benoit; Rieksts, Karlis; Hoff, Inge; Scibilia, Elena. (2019) Frost Depth and Frost Protection Capacity of Crushed Rock Aggregates Based on Particle Size Distribution. Cold Regions Engineering 2019.
  • Rieksts, Karlis; Loranger, Benoit; Hoff, Inge; Scibilia, Elena. (2019) In Situ Thermal Performance of Lightweight Aggregates Expanded Clay and Foam Glass in Road Structures. Cold Regions Engineering 2019.
  • Loranger, Benoit; Kuznetsova, Elena; Hoff, Inge; Aksnes, Jostein; Skoglund, Kjell Arne. (2017) Evaluation of Norwegian gradation based regulation for frost susceptibility of crushed rock aggregates in roads and railways. Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfield.
  • Rieksts, Karlis; Hoff, Inge; Kuznetsova, Elena; Côté, Jean. (2017) Laboratory investigations of thermal properties of crushed rock materials. Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfield.
  • Danielsen, Svein Willy; Kuznetsova, Elena. (2014) Environmental Impact and Sustainability in Aggregate Production and Use. Engineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 5 : Urban Geology, Sustainable Planning and Landscape Exploitation.
  • Kuznetsova, Elena; Danielsen, Svein Willy; Motenko, Rimma. (2013) Thermal properties of volcanic ash and pumice. Mineral deposit research for a high-tech world. Proceedings of the 12th Biennial SGA Meeting.
  • Kuznetsova, Elena; Motenko, Rimma; Danielsen, Svein Willy. (2013) Volcanic materials for construction purposes in cold regions. NGF Vinterkonferansen 2013. Oslo, 8-20. January, 2013. NGF Abstracts and Proceedings of the Geological Society of Norway 1 (2013).
  • Kuznetsova, Elena; Motenko, Rimma. (2012) Impact of Mineral Composition on Heat-Conducting Properties of Frozen Volcanic Ashes from Kamchatka. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost : Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia June 25–29, 2012.