I am Co-Lead of the Management of Projects Research Group and teach people, organisations and culture to engineering students. I have a track record in studying human relations in engineering and construction projects, with particular emphasis on understanding how people cope with social, organisational and technological change. I am actively researching on issues including human resource development, productivity, and social value capture in new business models that encourage through-life thinking about built/manufactured assets. I am passionate about students' personal development planning. I co-authored "Constructing Futures: Industry Leaders and Futures Thinking in Construction" with Professor Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University). I have published over 80 refereed journal and conference articles.
Externally, I am an Editor of Construction Management and Economics, the leading international refereed journal that publishes original research concerning the management and economics of building and civil engineering. I have been joint coordinator (with Professor Raisanen from Chalmers University) of CIB TG 78 on "Informality and emergence in construction workplaces", a Member of the Research and Innovation Panel of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Secretary of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the European Institute of Construction Labour Research (CLR) Great Britain. I was formerly a member of the North East Chamber of Commerce Skills Working Group, the EPSRC Manufacturing Futures Network (Ref: EP/D059046/1), and the EPSRC Ideas Factory Programme on Productivity. I previously completed, as co-principal investigator an EPSRC project entitled Understanding and assessing the concept of knowledge leakage (Ref: EP/D505631/1), and have supervised an EPSRC/North East Chamber of Commerce funded PhD CASE student examining skills capacity issues in the Tyne and Wear region (Ref: EP/C537793/1).
Hobby-wise, I enjoy the theatre, live music and indulging in gastronomical delights.