With a highly multidisciplinary approach, we study the nature of activities such as innovation, learning, risk management, leadership, marketing and financing in projects and project-based enterprises
We recruit students who are highly motivated and qualified, willing to push the boundaries of knowledge and effect real-world change.
PhD research at our School extends much further than the name of the School suggests: beyond construction and beyond the conventional confines of project management. Our research degrees are truly interdisciplinary programmes, in which we nurture the values of academic research, collaborations and networks. Our PhD alumni have embarked on a number of different paths including academia, government, policy bodies, and industry, both in the UK and internationally.
Our diverse faculty are leaders in their fields of research, and students benefit greatly from the opportunity to learn from and interact with them. We have experts on:
- management related topics, such as innovation, leadership, management of (construction) projects and enterprises, complex projects, organisation studies, organisational culture, and strategic management
- economics and finance related topics, such as construction economics, housing and real estate development, infrastructure economics, infrastructure finance, real estate economics and finance, climate change economics, and economic history
- operational fields, such as big data, quantity surveying, building information modelling, social networks, supply chains, building services, sustainability and resilience, and sustainable behaviour.
Students chose their own topic, and research topics tend to fall into the broad areas of management, economics and finance of the built environment. Research can focus upon the current conditions or can adopt a historical perspective, and can be qualitative and/or quantitative in nature.