The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Dr Ilias Krystallis

Dr Ilias Krystallis


The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jun 2017

Research summary

Currently accepting self-motivated PhD students which share similar interests:

1. Professional service firms and project-based work 

Denicol, J., Davies, A. and Krystallis, I., 2020. What are the causes and cures of poor megaproject performance? A systematic literature review and research agenda. Project Management Journal, 51(3), pp.328-345. doi:10.1177/8756972819896113

Pascale, F., Pantzartzis, E., Krystallis, I. and Price, A.D., 2020. Rationales and practices for dynamic stakeholder engagement and disengagement. Evidence from dementia-friendly health and social care environments. Construction management and economics, 38(7), pp.623-639. doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2019.1679383

Krystallis, I., & Locatelli, G. (2022). Normalizing White-Collar Wrongdoing in Professional Service Firms. ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0001079

2. Flexibility and engineering management approaches for future-proofed infrastructures

Krystallis, I., Locatelli, G. and Murtagh, N., 2020. Futureproofing Complex Infrastructure Projects Using Real Options. IEEE Engineering Management Review, 49(1), pp.127-132. doi: 10.1109/EMR.2020.3036446.

Krystallis, I., Locatelli, G. and Murtagh, N., 2020. Talking about futureproofing: Real options reasoning in complex infrastructure projects. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Managementdoi: 10.1109/TEM.2020.3026454.

Krystallis, I., Vernikos, V., El-Jouzi, S. and Burchill, P., 2016. Future-proofing governance and BIM for owner operators in the UK. Infrastructure Asset Management, 3(1), pp.12-20. doi.org/10.1680/jinam.15.00015

3. Organisational change and information technology (IT) projects

Papadonikolaki, E., Krystallis, I. and Morgan, B., 2021. Digital Technologies in Built Environment Projects: Review and Future Directions. Project Management Journaldoi.org/10.1177/87569728211070225

Krystallis, I., Demian, P. and Price, A.D.F., 2015. "Using BIM to integrate and achieve holistic future-proofing objectives in healthcare projects". Construction Management and Economics, 33(11-12), pp.890-906. doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2016.1164326

Whitmore, D., Papadonikolaki, E., Krystallis, I. and Locatelli, G., 2020. Are megaprojects ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Management, Procurement and Law, 174(2), pp.49-58. doi:10.1680/jmapl.20.00002

Teaching summary

Modules I lead on our taught programmes:

BCPM0080 Built Asset Management

BCPM0048 The Management of Large Projects and Programmes

BCPM0078 Work Placement Year

Modules I contribute to:

BCPM0007 Managing Professional Practice in Construction

BCPM0035 Project Management

BCPM0021 Risk Modelling and Asset Management in Infrastructure Projects


Ilias is full time Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Enterprise Management at UCL

Since joining UCL in 2017 as a Research Fellow, I have made significant contributions to the nexus of engineering management and project studies through my research, teaching and enterprise activities. A civil engineer by trade, I have worked in the built environment sector for more than 10 years in project management and technology innovation functions, including securing two Policy Fellowships funded by Research England, the Department for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy and the Capabilities in Academic-Policy Engagement (CAPE) project. 

My research has been sponsored by the Association for Project Management (APM), BEIS, CAPE, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the International Construction Project Management Association, Research England, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and private firms. 

I have received recognition for my work from the engineering and project management communities, e.g., received three awards from the Project Management Journal and the Association for Project Management (most cited article of the year award, 2020; most downloaded article of the year award, 2020; research paper of the year award, 2021). My work has received recognition by the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, for my contributions to the Industrial Strategy programme.

Member of the Association of Project Management (Membership number - P0345743)

Second supervisor to 5 PhD students.