Dr Obuks Ejohwomu

Senior Lecturer in Project Management

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Obuks is the former Director Commercial Project Management, Admissions Tutor, Management of Projects (MSc) Programmes and Research Group PGR Lead in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.  He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy the Unit Lead for Commercial and Procurement.  Prior to joining MACE he has worked as a contracts manager on several building construction projects totalling over a N100m (Lukayson Ventures Ltd), systems engineer in the telemetry and laboratory business area of Scottish Water, Glasgow, Research Assistant on a Black Country learning and skills action research project (University of Wolverhampton), Research Fellow on the EPSRC Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC), Programme Manager (W D Consults Ltd), Lecturer in Civil Engineering (Covenant University), Senior Lecturer in Project Management and Head, Department of Management Technology (Bells University of Technology). In the past he has consulted for the likes of Coffey International on DFID projects (Growth and Employment in States (GEMS)) in Nigeria, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society, and Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Limited (PPMC).  He obtained his BEng degree in Civil Engineering from UNIBEN, MSc in Systems Engineering from Heriot-Watt, and PhD in Construction Engineering and Management from Wolverhampton.  His research focus is in commercial, social value diffusion and productivity. He has expertise in impact driven systems optimisation and manpower modelling. He recently led a notable lifesaving Covid-19 PPE testing project for Manchester City Council that was published in medRxiv. The study Dr Ejohwomu led has also been internationally recognised as not only representing the first attempt to fully understand the UK platelet supply chain but also represents an advanced simulation model that adopts a 'pull' system of platelet inventory management. His current research interests on social value and systems optimisation fits with the UN Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] Good Health & Well-being [SDG 3] and Sustainable Cities & Communities [SDG 11]. Obuks is currently the lead PI on a successful Global Doctoral Research Network (GOLDEN) award that is modelling the carbon footprints of complex projects. PI on an ongoing multidisciplinary GCRF QR project investigating the social value of urban air monitoring (SQUARE). Co-I on an ongoing Health & Safety Executive/Lloyds Register Foundation research on the repurposing of composite (leading & lagging) safety indicators. Co-author of a recent Association of Project Management funded productivity study. Guest-Editor-in-Chief Emerald Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, Assistant Guest Editor Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309) Special Issue "Digital Transformations within Circular Built Environment Research and Innovation", Academic Editor Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309) and Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) Member of Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology (JEDT). Outstanding Reviewer in the 2021 Emerald Literati Awards. Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program winner. Visiting Scholar to Pan African University, Kenya and University of Lagos which is a member of ARUA. Pioneer Chairman NSE Manchester Branch. He is also a grant reviewer for Newton Funds and National Research Foundation in South Africa. He has served as external PhD examiner to several leading universities in UK and SSA. He is a Foundation Governor at St Edmund's Catholic Academy. When the opportunity is available I enjoy networking and walking.

PhD Completion:

  1. Societal value of nuclear decommissioning and remediation (Cara Mulholland) 
  2. Assssment of user (dis)engagement in the provision of affordable housing: the case of UK social housing sector (Neema Opiyo)
  3. A building information modelling maturity model for the South African constitution industry (Samuel Adeniyi Adekunle)

Ongoing PhD Supervision:

  1. Decolonizing project management: A critical examination of PM Bodies of Knowledge in creating mindful practitioners in a developing country context (Anupam Dey)
  2. Ethics in Stakeholder Engagement for Project Sustainability (Part-Time: Tunde Okedara)
  3. Development of a project risk management framework: a case study of major African economies (Babatunde A. Dosumu)
  4. Towards better contractor pre-qualification process for building construction (Nadeera Abdul Razak)
  5. A hermeneutical approach to social value: A case study of national infrastructure planning in Oman (Ahmed Al-Hinai)
  6. Standardizing carbon neutrality in delivery of complex projects (Judy Too)
  7. Risk analysis of low-carbon technological innovation in reducing building life cycle carbon emissions (Gong Zheng)
  8. Demystifying project management barriers to the acceleration of technology and innovation in the post Covid-19 era (Part-Time: Estar Bennett)
  9. Exploring governance in construction Circular Economy 

External positions

External Examiner (PhD), , Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

1 Feb 2022 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Johannesburg

1 Mar 2020 → …

External Examiner (PhD), The University of Salford

17 Jan 2020 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Bradford

10 Oct 2019 → …

External Examiner (PhD), Nelson Mandela University

8 Aug 2018 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of the West of England, Bristol

23 Jul 2018 → …

Grants proposals reviewer for Newton Fund , The British Council

12 Jun 2018 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Bedfordshire

2 May 2018 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Wolverhampton

5 Mar 2018 → …

External Adviser School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton

8 Sep 2017 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Lincoln

1 Jun 2017 → …

Chair, 7th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa (ICIDA 2018).

31 Mar 20171 Apr 2018

External Examiner (PhD), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology

1 Jan 2016 → …

External Examiner, University of Johannesburg

1 Jan 2015 → …

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