The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management

Dr Juliano Denicol

Dr Juliano Denicol

Lecturer in Project Management

The Bartlett Sch of Const & Proj Mgt

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
5th Oct 2015

Research summary

Dr Denicol’s research explores the management of major and megaprojects. Previous research included several iconic UK megaprojects: High Speed 1, Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, London 2012 Olympics, Crossrail, Thames Tideway Tunnel, and High Speed 2.

Juliano has led the publication of two large-scale reviews of major and megaprojects:

1. A systematic literature review of megaproject performance for PMI, where 6.007 papers were analysed to identify 18 causes of poor performance and 54 solutions.

2. The Compendium of Large Infrastructure Projects for the European Commission, analysing the procurement procedures in over 80 large infrastructure projects across the European Union from 2008 to 2018.

Research areas in Major and Megaproject Management:

  • Client models – The design of organisations to deliver major and megaprojects.
  • Governance structures – The interplay between the client (intra-organisational) and its evolving network of partners (inter-organisational) in megaprojects.
  • Project-based firms – The development of corporate strategies and different types of capabilities to deliver megaprojects.
  • Supply chain management – The strategies to engage, procure and coordinate organisations in megaprojects and other project-based industries.

Teaching summary

I'm currently accepting PhD students in Major Infrastructure Delivery and Megaproject Management. I'm Deputy Programme Director for the MSc Project and Enterprise Management. I have previously given lectures on megaproject delivery at the Executive MSc in Cities at London School of Economics, and at University of Sussex Business School. I contribute to the following modules on our BSc and MSc programmes:

Project Management

Supply Chain Management

The Management of Large Projects and Programmes

The Management of Infrastructure Projects and Programmes


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2019
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Other higher degree, Master of Research | 2014
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
First Degree, Bachelor of Architecture | 2011


Dr Juliano Denicol is Assistant Professor in Project Management at the School of Construction and Project Management, the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. Dr Denicol holds a PhD in Megaproject Management from University College London, a Master of Research (MRes) in Industrial Engineering, and Bachelor's degree in of Architecture and Urbanism (BArch) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

Dr Denicol is the Global Head of the Megaprojects Special Interest Group (SIG) at the International Project Management Association (IPMA), where he coordinates a global platform with 73 countries to advance our understanding of megaproject delivery. He is the founder and director of the IPMA Megaprojects Book Club, a global platform of events to discuss concepts and practices with leading megaproject authors. He is Co-Investigator of Project X, a major research network that aims to improve major project delivery in the UK, established by nine universities in collaboration with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), and the Cabinet Office. Before joining UCL, Juliano has worked as a supply chain management consultant at High Speed 2, the largest infrastructure project in Europe, and advisor to the European Commission on public procurement policies.

His work on megaprojects has been regarded of high global impact, receiving research awards from the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Major Projects Association (MPA), and the International Project Management Association (IPMA). Juliano has received the prestigious 2019 Global Young Researcher Award from the IPMA and the 2019 Best Reviewer Award from the Project Organising Special Interest Group of the European Academy of Management (EURAM).


He regularly presents his research at international conferences, including the annual meetings of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP), Engineering Project Organization Conference (EPOC), and International Megaprojects Workshop: Theory meets Practice (MW).


Twitter: @Juliano_Denicol 

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