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ARCOM Committee Members 2018-2019

The committee of ARCOM is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, which is held during the Annual Conference.

Chair
Professor Chris Gorse, Leeds Beckett University
Ensuring that our research community benefits from the open exchanges and supportive networks that ARCOM events brings, is close to my heart. It remains an honour to serve on the ARCOM committee and to take the interests of the research community forward. As Vice Chair, I will continue to push education, research and enterprise forward; building on the backbone of our vibrant and informed research community. I will endeavour to extend our reach, maintain our high quality research forum and breakdown the boundaries that can stifle knowledge exchange. I support a stronger, more diverse international community which is ready to take on the challenges of the future.

Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Paul Chan, University of Manchester
As an active member since 2001, I joined the committee in 2006, serving as Secretary until 2014. I have contributed to the diversification of the doctoral workshops, and chaired various ARCOM debates. I also contributed as a member of the Prize Selection and ARCOM Seminars Working Group. I am keen to connect construction management research as a field of inquiry with debates from wider organisational and management studies. To this end, I introduced thematic tracks to the ARCOM Conference format in 2016. I will continue to add value through my cross-disciplinary research experience and networks, and passion for researcher development.

Vice-chair
Professor Lloyd Scott, Technological University Dublin
Academic Advisor and Partnership Coordinator for the School of Surveying and Construction Management at Technological University Dublin. I joined the University as a lecturer in Construction Management and Technology in 2000. I would really be honoured to serve on the committee of ARCOM and if elected I would endeavour to encourage others to engage in construction research and take both the industry and construction education forward. I convened a doctoral research workshop session at Dublin in 2015 and would like to work alongside other committee members to develop further this important support mechanism for early career construction researchers. Since joining ARCOM in 2008 I have presented my research at many of the annual conferences. I would like provide a link to the work of other international construction research groups and extend the already commended work of the committee. I am keen to develop and advance ARCOM engagement, and would like to support and develop new initiatives that will enhance the discipline.

Treasurer
Dr. Apollo Tutesigensi, University of Leeds
I was introduced to ARCOM as a PhD student in the late 90s, became a member in 2000 and have been involved in its activities for 16 years as author and member of the Scientific Committee. I was co-opted to the ARCOM Committee in March 2013 and elected in September 2013. My commitment to ARCOM’s objectives and activities remains very strong. I have enjoyed working with colleagues to improve the quality of ARCOM’s products and services over the last 15 or so months and I trust my election to the ARCOM Committee 2014/15 will enable me to continue this work.

Secretary
Dr. Fred Sherratt, Anglia Ruskin University
With over ten years’ experience working in the construction industry, my academic interests remain with the people I worked alongside and a research focus on worker health, safety and wellbeing, and more recently the area of Corporate Social Responsibility. I am currently the ARCOM secretary, and took on this role in 2014 after a time as Workshop Convener. I am keen to support ARCOM going forwards, including promoting and introducing other institutions and individuals to ARCOM and vice versa, as well as continuing to engage our membership in the provision and delivery of workshops, seminars, other events, and of course the annual conference.

Membership Secretary
Dr. Shu-Ling Lu, University of Reading
As Membership Secretary my vision is to provide better quality of membership services. One of the key actions is to continue to improve our existing individual and institutional membership database systems. Since elected as the Membership Secretary, I have completed the following four tasks. First, the design and operation of our on-line membership renewal process was successfully implemented. Second, the provision of an annual update on the status of both individual and institutional membership for the E-Newsletter. Third, institutional membership certificates have been available since 2012. Finally, individual membership certificate can be downloaded by individual members from their ‘MyARCOM’ accounts.

Publications Officer
Dr. Robby Soetanto, Loughborough University
I have been a member of ARCOM since I started my PhD research. ARCOM is a useful forum for the diverse range of researchers in the CM community. As current Newsletter Editor, I wish to maintain and develop this further. Since taking this on in 2010, I have reinvigorated the role of the newsletter as communication and dissemination medium for members. This means more frequent publications of features, and enhancing its presence to encourage wider participation. I hereby offer my personal commitment to the development of this dynamic and multi-disciplinary organisation to meet the future challenges of CM research.

Workshops Convenor
Dr. Chika Udeaja, University of Salford, Manchester
My name is Dr. Chika Udeaja from the School of the Built Environment at University of Salford and my research interest can be classified under construction management and informatics. I have been a member of ARCOM since 2005, but I became a workshop convenor (WC) two years ago. As a committee member (CM), I have been involved in facilitating doctoral workshops, both nationally and internationally. My motto has always been to work with other members to achieve the ARCOM charter and advance knowledge in the area of construction management. By continuing as a CM I will be able to support the aims of ARCOM at all levels.

Committee Member
Dr Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo, Nottingham Trent University
Emmanuel is a lecturer in Building Surveying and Construction Management at the University of Brighton. He is passionate about health and safety practices in construction. His main focus is on micro and small construction firms although he studies larger projects as well. He has experience in organising a wide range of knowledge exchange activities including Annual ARCOM conferences. He is currently working closely with local communities and firms in the South East of England to improve stakeholders’ welfare with regard to the Built Environment. Emmanuel will be helpful in the organisation of future conferences, seminars and coaching current research students.

Committee Member
Professor David Boyd, Birmingham City University
A committee member since 1995, I am a past chair of ARCOM and was treasurer for many years. I have helped move ARCOM to a more professional footing whilst maintaining the fundamental idea of it as community. I am still committed to ARCOM and believe my extended experience of running ARCOM is essential as we move to develop the Association’s activities. I have a particular desire for ARCOM to undertake more activities, such as workshops, to give it a more progressive role in the CM community and to extend its membership.

Committee Member
Dr Vivien Chow, Loughborough University
I am a lecturer of construction management at Loughborough University. My research explores the stakeholder management and public engagement for planning, development, and construction projects. I was introduced to ARCOM in 2011 when I presented a paper at the annual conference. Since then, I have benefitted immensely from attending various ARCOM events and meeting the wider ARCOM community. I am excited by the prospect of joining the team and contributing by organising various events, workshops, and seminars. As someone whose academic trajectory has spanned across Australia, Hong Kong, and now the UK, I am particularly interested in engaging with our ARCOM network on an international level, and expanding our network by connecting with PhD candidates and early career researchers globally.

Committee Member (and International Liaison)
Dr Alex Copping, University of Bath
I am an Associate Professor in Construction Project Management in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, UK. I have twenty years of teaching and research experience in construction management and have been attending ARCOM conferences since 2008. As a member of a joint academic department of architecture and civil engineering I fully support the value of cross-disciplinary research. I see integrated networking between academic disciplines as being critical to generating high quality research in the built environment. I am keen to support ARCOM going forward in terms of education, research and dissemination. As research impact has assumed much greater importance amongst academics I strongly support the need for ARCOM to take on a leading role in aiding academics in research dissemination activities.

Committee Member
Dr Patrick Manu, UWE
I am a Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management (CPM) at the University of the West of England (UWE). Following completion of my first degree in Ghana, I worked in industry and subsequently went on to complete my PhD degree in the UK. I am passionate about construction management research, especially the area of occupational health and safety (OHS). I was a member of the ARCOM committee for 2015-2016 and I would like to rejoin the committee. My involvement with ARCOM dates back to 2009 when I attended and presented a paper at my first ARCOM doctoral workshop. Subsequently, I have served on the ARCOM scientific committee and chaired sessions at ARCOM conferences. More recently, I liaised with ARCOM committee members to organise the “CHOBE/ARCOM Built Environment Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Workshop - Demystifying EPSRC & ESRC ECRs Grant Schemes”. I would like to see the ARCOM community grow bigger and stronger and so my intention is to help promote ARCOM through: the advancement of OHS research (especially in developing regions); contributing to the capacity building of ECRs; and enhancing ARCOM’s visibility amongst key stakeholders.

Committee Member
Dr Michael McCarney, Glasgow Caledonian University

Committee Member
Dr Alex Opoku, University College London
Dr Alex Opoku is currently a Senior Lecturer in Project & Financial Management at the UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with teaching and learning experience in the UK Higher Education. He holds a PhD in Construction & Project Management from the University of Salford. Alex is keen on promoting doctoral students’ activities in ARCOM and has actively been involved in organising ARCOM Doctoral Workshops. I have participated in ARCOM activities since 2009 when I started my PhD study. I became a committee member in 2015 and happy to continue.

Committee Member
Dr. Ani Raidén, Nottingham Trent University
I joined the committee in 2007 and have since served on the prize-giving working group, organised ARCOM seminars, helped with doctoral workshops, led the introduction of academic debates in the annual conference, and initiated and continue to administer ARCOM’s social media presence on Facebook together with the Live Programme on MyARCOM. I have served as a Conference Chair (2014 & 2015) and as the ARCOM Chair (2014-2016). Now as the Immediate Past Chair I look forward to contributing towards the ongoing development of ARCOM activities and I am keen to help and engage new members.

Committee Member
Dr Libby Schweber, University of Reading
ARCOM, for me, is one of those rare conferences which is both intellectually stimulating and welcoming. I joined ARCOM in 2013 and have served on the scientific committee since then. In 2014 I was honoured to deliver the keynote at the Portsmouth meeting on the use of classifications and standards in construction. Since my election to the ARCOM committee in 2016, I have enjoyed contributing to the preparation of the conference and to planning the upcoming workshop on the Meaning of Numbers. As a social scientist interested in sustainability and in the use of theory, I look forward to working with colleagues from many different disciplinary backgrounds and to using ARCOM to help build and enrich our research community.

Committee Member
Dr. Simon Smith, University of Edinburgh
I have been an active member of ARCOM for twenty years and I have never wavered from my view that it is the leading forum for discussion, dissemination, adventure and collaboration in all aspects of built environment research. My time as ARCOM Chair between 2012 and 2014 was extremely rewarding and the organisation and running of the two conferences in Edinburgh and Reading reinforced my view of the vibrancy and engagement of this community. Now being back to the regular committee I wish to serve this community just as much and hope to play a part in one particular aspect, that of supporting the development of young researchers and PhD students, via the ARCOM doctoral workshop series and other initiatives.

Committee Member
Dr John Spillane, University of Limerick

Committee Member
Dr. Craig Thomson, Glasgow Caledonian University
My relationship with ARCOM started in 2004 when I attended my first conference. In the following years I have contributed to the scientific committee, chaired sessions and tracks around sustainable construction and in 2014 become a committee member. I recently led an ARCOM workshop which reaffirmed to me the important role they play in widening our contribution beyond the conference. I bring experience of organising international conferences and workshops, and in managing scientific review processes. I have a strong understanding of the committee’s role having attended every meeting since 2014 and feel ready to assume more responsibility the future.

Committee Member
Dr. Niraj Thurairajah, Northumbria University
Niraj is an Associate Professor at Northumbria University; interested in Digital Built Environment, Disaster Resilience and Construction areas of practice and research with a previous academic appointment at the Birmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University. Niraj teaches construction project management and quantity surveying modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students. His research interests cover people and process related aspects of built environment mainly in the areas of BIM, teaching and learning, building economics and disaster resilience. In the last 10 years he has made more than 40 peer reviewed publications, coordinated various conferences, involved extensively in research bidding and managed several research and employer engagement projects such as ORBEE, ACBEE, ExcelDL, ISLAND I & II, CKE and H2B innovation grants.