The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction



The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction is a leading international centre for research.

Research at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction is a leading international centre for research. We are part of UCL, one of the top ten QS World University ranking institutions and part of the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.

The Bartlett is ranked the top institution in the UK for Architecture / Built Environment Subjects in the renowned QS World Rankings 2020. The Bartlett also has the most top-rated research in its field in the UK, according to the Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

BSSC has a strong team of full-time research-active academic staff, and a small team of contract research staff. Their work is published in leading journals in construction, project management and management disciplines, and is engaged with government, industry and institutions in knowledge development, transfer and application.

These areas have been particularly prominent in making a considerable and lasting impact:

  • direct influence and indirect contributions to the international development of project management bodies of knowledge
  • the development and application of PPP/PFI concession contracts in the UK and across the world
  • award winning studies of climate change economics and low carbon transition
  • national contributions to enterprise in construction and project management in training, knowledge-transfer-related research and consultancy-related research

Our research areas

The School's research activity is grouped under four major themes. We are also home to the UCL Centre for Organisational Network Analysis and the UCL Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment.

Management of projects

The management of projects (MoP) pushes project management beyond its traditional focus on execution. It addresses the strategic development of projects at the front-end - prior to project sanction and execution - and is particularly concerned with the effects of, and the need to influence, project context.

In particular the discipline focuses upon project leadership and improving project effectiveness: hence topics such as strategy alignment and development, success measures, value enhancement and benefits management figure strongly.

Management of project enterprises

The management of project enterprises research theme covers how organisations that manage projects manage their business and how those organisations support project delivery. These are project-based organisations that include providers and sponsors operating in the private, public, NGO and voluntary sectors.

Integration around culture, the structures, systems and behaviour is essential for efficient working with clients, the supply chain and delivering value which benefits the economy and society.

Economics and finance of the built environment

Economics and finance of the built environment covers how macro-and micro-economics from national and institutional to firm and project levels. Infrastructure markets and development and PPP/PFI concession contracts are prime foci currently: topics around investment, transaction costs, game and agency theory in projects figure in this area.

    Sustainability in the built environment

    The School's sustainability research theme cuts across our research. The term ‘sustainability’ encompasses a broad range of topics relating to environmental, social and economic objectives.

    Research interests within this theme are similarly broad, and include sustainable behaviour, climate change economics, building information modelling (BIM), sustainable cities and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We apply a variety of disciplinary perspectives to sustainability-related questions including environmental psychology, management, economics and construction research.

      UCL Centre for Organisational Network Analysis (CONA)

      The School of Construction and Project Management’s research into project-based networks is coordinated through the UCL Centre for Organisational Network Analysis (CONA).

      CONA aims to facilitate a network of individuals from industry and academia who have an interest in improving the effectiveness of organisations through the use of organisational network analysis (ONA). CONA's vision is to increase the understanding and use of ONA through training, research, knowledge transfer and consultancy.

      UCL Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment

      The School of Construction and Project Management is home to the UCL Insitute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment (IDIBE) - a unique research institute bringing together UCL’s expertise in engineering and computer science, while incorporating the social and behavioural sciences.

      Drawing on digital advances such as building information modelling (BIM), smart cities, big data and the internet of things, IDIBE is dedicated to improving process and cost-efficiencies, promoting sustainable futures, and enabling social and cultural transformations.

      Affordable housing

      The School’s research on affordable housing brings together academics and a wide range of industry stakeholders. We work closely with private sector investors, the public sector and non-profit organisations to enhance our understanding of affordable and social housing.

      Through this collaboration between academic research and industry expertise, we aim to explore new models of affordable housing provision and financing, produce relevant policy advice and provide solutions to the global challenge of the housing affordability crisis.