I am the Mary Ewart Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College and the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford . I completed my PhD in the Advanced Structures Group at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering supervised by Dr. Keith Seffen.

I was previously a Structural Engineer at Expedition Engineering and Explora Security. I obtained my Master of Applied Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Toronto, supervised by Professor Jeffrey Packer, and Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Research Interests

  • Localization of deformation in thin shells
  • Mechanical behaviour of textured shells
  • buckling and collapse of thin-walled structures
  • mechanics of origami and kirigami
  • blast-resistant design


I am co-organising a mini-symposium on ‘The Mechanics of Thin Sheets, from Origami and Kirigami to Creasing and Wrinkling’ at the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute International Conference, April 5-8 2020, Durham UK with Dr Mark Schenk (University of Bristol) and Dr Evgueni Filipov (University of Michigan). Abstracts deadline is November 15 2019.


Journal and Refereed Conference Publications

Walker, M.G, and Seffen, K., 2019. “The flexural mechanics of creased thin strips.”, International Journal of Solids and Structures. Vol. 167, pp. 192-201 [Journal, Preprint]

Walker, M.G, and Seffen, K., 2018. “The mechanics of metallic folds”. In 7th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education, R. Lang, M. Bolitho, and Z. You, eds. [Preprint]

Walker M.G, Seffen K (2018). ‘On the shape of bistable creased strips.’, Thin-Walled Structures. Vol. 124, pp. 538–545 [Journal, Preprint]

Walker M.G, Seffen K (2017).  ‘Localisation in thin metallic annuli due to diametrical extension.’, AIAA Journal, Vol. 55, No. 11, pp. 3980-3989. [Journal, Preprint]

Walker M.G, Seffen K (2017). ‘Bistable behaviour of creased thin metallic strips.’ Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017 “Interfaces: architecture.engineering.science.” Hamburg, Germany.  A. Bögle
M. Grohmann (eds.)

Walker M.G, Seffen K (2016). ‘Flexural mechanics of creases in thin metallic strips.’ Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2016 “Spatial Structures in the 21st Century.” Tokyo, Japan. K. Kawaguchi, M. Ohsaki, T. Takeuchi (eds.)

Walker M, Holzapfel E, Hulton F, Eytan A, Smith M (2013). ‘Response of multi-drum neoclassical columns under blast loading.’ 15th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures, Potsdam, Germany

Eytan A, Hulton F, Walker M, Widdowfield S (2013). ‘The response of a tower to blast loading: Analysis, design, testing.’ 15th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures. Potsdam, Germany

Walker M, Seica M, Packer J, Eytan A (2012). ‘Standards and strategies for blast testing of structures and devices.’ 22nd Military Aspects of Blast and Shock. Bourges, France.

Walker  M, Seica M, Packer J (2011). ‘Behaviour of square hollow section steel members under transverse high-impact loading.’ 14th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures. Seattle, USA.

Seica M, Krynski M, Walker M, Packer J (2010). ‘Analysis of the dynamic response of architectural glazing subject to blast loading.’ ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering [Journal]

Walker M, Van Berkel S, Walbridge S (2008). ‘Needle-peening to improve the fatigue performance of existing steel bridge welds.’ Canadian Society of Civil Engineering conference. Quebec City, Canada.

Theses & Reports

Walker, M. G. (2018). Flexural Mechanics of Creased Thin Metallic Strips. PhD Dissertation. University of Cambridge, UK.

Walker  M. G. (2015). ‘Shape-Forming of Thin Annular Plates by Tension Buckling’, First-year PhD Report. University of Cambridge, UK.

Walker  M. (2012). ‘An Energy-Dissipating System for Blast Mitigation in Structures’, Masters Thesis. University of Toronto, Canada.


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


University of Oxford

1st year: Dynamics, Solid Mechanics, Statics, Bending & Torsion
2nd year: Structural Failure, Mechanics of Materials, Elastic Analysis of Structures, Mechanical Vibrations

University of Cambridge

1st year: Structures (Architecture),  Mechanical Vibrations
2nd year: Mechanics, Structures, Mathematics

Teaching Assistant

University of Toronto

1st year: Mechanics
2nd year: Structural Analysis I


Email: martin.walker@some.ox.ac.uk