Dr Clara Cheung

Lecturer in Project Management

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Clara is a Lecturer in Project Management and Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by Project Management Institute (PMI). Prior to joining the university, she taught a variety of project management units at the University of Maryland, the USA. Clara has a mixed business and engineering educational background. She got a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, MSc and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, the USA.

Clara has conducted interdisciplinary research by applying organizational psychology, management and engineering theories to tackle occupational health, safety and well-being issues in high-risk industries since her PhD studies. She continues to develop this area of research at the University of Manchester (UoM). Since she joined UoM in 2017, she has secured approximately £0.7 million in externally funded research projects as the principal and co-investigator. For instance, she got funded by the Association for Project Management (APM) to benchmark the well-being levels of project professionals and develop corresponding interventions to enhance it (project’s details: https://www.apm.org.uk/about-us/research/research-fund/2019-research-fund-studies-wellbeing/) She also received funding from the Lloyds Register Foundation to collaborate with Health and Safety (HSE), the UK government agency, to implement two applied research projects that improve occupational health and safety of the construction industry using digital technologies (projects’ details https://www.discoveringsafety.com/works/leading-indicators-health-and-safety-failures-project and https://www.discoveringsafety.com/works/construction-risk-knowledge-management-using-bim)

Before being an academic, Clara spent nearly a decade working in Fortune 500 companies and led a vast number of organisational change and IT projects that improved product design, production efficiency and operational safety. She experienced working in Australia, China, India, and the USA.

Research Interests:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • Wellbeing at Work and Education
  • Project Leadership and Team
  • Change Management

Teaching Units:

Postgraduate Level

  • MACE 60038 (Project Planning and Control)
  • MACE 60061 (Management of Projects)

Undergraduate Level

  • MACE 12112 (Civil Engineering Practice)


External positions

Association for Project Management:Corporate Advisory Group Member

Sep 2019 → …

ASCE: Journal of Management in Engineering (Editorial Board Memeber)

Feb 2019 → …

Areas of expertise


  • Project Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Leadership, Training Intervention and Risk Management

Education / academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Finance, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute Inc
  • Master in Science, Civil Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park

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