The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management


Discovery Day: Creating a transdisciplinary vision

24 March 2020, 9:30 am–4:00 pm


Join the Transforming Construction Network Plus for its third Discovery Day and develop new transdisciplinary ideas to improve productivity in construction.

This event is free.

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Transforming Construction Network Plus


Technology Innovation Centre
University of Strathclyde
99 George St
G1 1RD
United Kingdom

Creating a transdisciplinary vision: Explore the potential of transdisciplinary research to improve productivity in construction

Transdisciplinarity occurs when two or more discipline perspectives transcend each other to form a new holistic approach. Bringing together experts from the social sciences, digital, manufacturing and energy sectors, the Transforming Construction Challenge explores this transdisciplinary opportunity to address the productivity gap and change the way we build in the UK.

Challenging traditional thinking, this Discovery Day will offer the opportunity for the attendees to explore and discuss the role of the transdisciplinary research to the issues of productivity in construction. Exploring what it means, the potential benefits, challenges and how these may be overcome, the event will enable participants to: 

  • Apply the transdisciplinary approach to the Transforming Construction Challenge
  • Reflect on different perspectives on the Transforming Construction Challenge
  • Develop new ideas for future funding opportunities 
  • Network with academics and practitioners from a range of different backgrounds with a common interest in addressing the Transforming Construction Challenge

Administered by UK Research and Innovation, and supported through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Transforming Construction Challenge seeks to produce safe, healthy, and efficient buildings by bringing together the construction, manufacturing, energy, social sciences and digital sectors. As part of this programme, the Transforming Construction Network Plus is uniting academic and industrial communities to create a new research and knowledge base, dedicated to address the systemic problems holding back the sector. 

Applications from industrialists, early career researchers and probationary lecturers are particularly welcome. Places are strictly limited, so please register your interest by 12pm Friday 6th March. Applicants will be notified within 5 working days if their application has been successful.

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Agenda - Discovery Day 

09:30 - Registration and coffee 

10:00 - Welcome and introductions

10:10 - Perspectives on Transforming Construction

  • A Challenge perspective – Speaker TBC 
  • A UKRI perspective - Dr Adam Luqmani
  • A N+ perspective - Professor Jan Godsell
  • A Transdisciplinary perspective - Professor Jill MacBryde

11:00 - Workshop 1: Exploring transdisciplinary research

  • What is transdisciplinary research? 
  • What are the potential benefits? 
  • What are the challenges and how could they be overcome? 

12:30 - Networking Lunch

13:15 - Workshop 2: Applying the transdisciplinary approach to the Transforming Construction Challenge

  • Key Transforming Construction Challenges that may benefit from a transdisciplinary approach
  • Key disciplines and what they bring to addressing the challenge
  • Pitch development

14:45 - Coffee break

15:00 - Presentations, peer voting & feedback

16:00 - Close

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