Dr. Apollo Tutesigensi, University of Leeds, UK
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 ever since. I was co-opted to the ARCOM Committee in March 2013 and elected, for the first time, in September 2013. I was honoured to serve as ARCOM Treasurer from May 2015 to September 2020. 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. As your Chair, I accept the challenge of helping steer ARCOM through the next few years. With your continued support, I trust we will overcome and continue to thrive as a leading international body of construction management researchers at the forefront of creating and sharing new knowledge. I would like to see a little more innovation in our organisation and I look forward to receiving your ideas!
Immediate Past Chair
Professor Craig Thomson, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
I attended my first ARCOM conference in 2004 as a PhD student and since then it has played a key role in my development as an academic researcher. I became a Committee Member in 2014, served as Committee Secretary from 2020 to 2022 and was honoured to become Vice Chair in 2022. During my time with ARCOM I have sought to promote conversations around how construction management research can respond to the grand challenges associated with climate change, sustainable development and the need to promote a fairer society. I seek to support ARCOM’s role in promoting the development of doctoral students and early career researchers, as well as providing a forum for discourse relating to the evolution of the discipline.
Dr. Vivien Chow, Loughborough University
I am Lecturer in Construction and Project Management at Loughborough University. My research interests include public engagement on projects, employee health and wellbeing, and the social aspect of sustainability. Since attending my first ARCOM conference in 2011, I have had the privilege to connect with the wider CM research community through ARCOM and this has enriched my academic journey tremendously. I was elected on the ARCOM Committee in 2017 and have been serving as Treasurer since 2020. I am passionate about supporting our doctoral and early career researcher communities. My personal goal for my time on the Committee is to enhance the way ARCOM engages with the wider research community and with industry; to ensure the Committee is welcoming, inclusive, and diverse; and to drive and facilitate excellence in academic research through ARCOM’s many activities.
Dr. Nicola Callaghan, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Dr. Nicola Callaghan is a Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). She has a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, a PhD relating to the delivery of energy efficient homes and has contributed to the leadership of a variety of postgraduate programmes in the UK, Asia and the Middle East. Her academic vision includes; the reduction of carbon emissions, energy efficient decision making, and the non-energy benefits associated with building design. Her work on the health and wellbeing of an ageing population relates to how the Built Environment can improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society which aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Her contribution to this research area hopes to improve economic and social value efficiencies within social housing providers, drawing together the housing, energy and health sectors by creating a more joined-up approach to housing improvements.
Dr. John Spillane, University of Limerick, Ireland
Since first being introduced to ARCOM in 2011 during my doctoral studies, it has subsequently formed my development as an active, industry orientated construction management researcher. After joining the Committee in 2017, I was nominated to the role of ARCOM Membership Secretary in 2019, where I continue to develop our membership base, both individual and institutional membership. In addition to this, I have continued to engage with ARCOM and its community, in its continued evolution over the coming years, contributing where and whenever I can. As an Associate Professor at University of Limerick, I lead construction management research, while also course director for the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management and Engineering programme within the School of Engineering. My research spans the discipline and is primarily industry focused, working with numerous partners throughout the UK and Ireland.
Dr Mohamed Abadi, University of Manchester, UK
I am a lecturer in the ‘Management of Projects’ and the MoP/MSc programme director at the University of Manchester (UoM). Previously, I worked at different academic institutions in the Middle East. I have conducted research and developed knowledge and a track record of publications about different pathways to sustainability in construction, including circularity of solid materials. I regularly engage, and encourage my PhD students, to engage in ARCOM conferences to disseminate their research outputs and extend their academic network. Moreover, I received the 'APM Project Management Educator of the Year Award 2023' due to delivering research-informed teaching at UoM.
Dr Philippa Boyd, University College of Estate Management, UK
As a Chartered Engineer and proud member of the CIOB and FHEA, I span both Academia and Industry. My last year in industry has developed my understanding of the funding landscape for the Built Environment. Returning to Academia, I am focused on developing research into Sustainable Innovation in the Built Environment. Serving the ARCOM Committee for the last two years, I hope to continue contributing to the work of the committee and serving the wider aims of ARCOM. I am keen to continue bringing the alliance between Industry and Academia closer and increasing accessibility of the community.
Professor Paul W Chan, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
As an active member of ARCOM since 2001, I joined the committee in 2006, serving as Secretary (until 2014), Vice-Chair (2014-2016) and Chair (2016-2018). I have contributed to the diversification of the doctoral workshops, and chaired various ARCOM debates. I actively contribute to the Prize Selection and Journal Publications Working Groups. I will continue to connect construction management research 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.
Dr Mustafa Selçuk Çıdık, University College London, UK
I am a lecturer in construction management at UCL, where I lead B.Sc. Project Management for Construction programme. After graduating as a civil engineer, I worked in the construction industry for six years before I joined academia in 2012 as a Ph.D. student. Since then, I have worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer in construction management and construction IT in three different universities in the UK. My research explores the conditions and processes of value creation in construction projects with a focus on digital innovation, design management, social value and system safety. I have been involved with ARCOM since I was a Ph.D. student, and I very much value the ARCOM community and its contribution to our field. During my time on the committee, my priority will be strengthening ARCOM’s engagement with industry and policy to enhance its impact on societal challenges.
Professor Daniel Gilmour, Abertay University, UK
I am Professor of Sustainability Assessment and Enhancement at Abertay University in Dundee. I am also the Programme Leader of the MSc Construction Management in the Division Engineering and Food Science. My research interests are in the fields of sustainability assessment, decision support and public participation in decision making, in particular, on the enhancement of sustainability in the built and natural environment. I have been heavily engaged in research over the last 15 years in the field of sustainable decision making on a range of projects within local government. As a member of ARCOM, I have regularly contributed papers to the annual conference since 2010. I have served on the Scientific Committee since 2015 and acted as an invited panel member for subject network workshops and research training programmes.
Dr Barry Gledson, Northumbria University
I am an Associate Professor of Construction Project Management (CPM) and Head of the CPM Subject group at Northumbria University, with much industry and academic experience. My socio-technical research revolves around construction innovations, their diffusion, and their potential for improving project delivery and practice. I have attended ARCOM since 2014 because of its collegial network, the quality of research arising from it, and because ARCOM has been essential for my own academic journey. As a continuing committee member, I will ensure ARCOM continues aiding the development of early-career researchers, whilst augmenting CM knowledge via quality research.
Committee Member (Co-opted)
Professor Chris Gorse, Loughborough University, UK
As a Committee Member my work with ARCOM and other leading organisations is advancing knowledge and practice creating a just and sustainable built and natural environment. ARCOM has played a central role in my research endeavour, from formative research years in the 1990’s to 2018 when I had the honour of serving as ARCOM Chair. As Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at Loughborough University, I lead the Construction Group with a team of academics engaging in surveying, management and engineering; furthering sustainability, digital and building energy research. In 2021-2022 (UKRI), I served on the Research Excellence Framework 2021 exercise for Sub-Panel 13 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning gaining valuable oversight of the excellent research undertaken in UK institutions. During the past 30 years I’ve remained an active practitioner and consultant, advising UK and overseas institutions. I’m currently serving as Chair of the CIOB Sustainability Advisory Panel and hold Vising Professor positions at the University of Suffolk and Central University of Technology in South Africa.
Dr. Henning Grosse
ARCOM is, for me, a community of encouraging colleagues. Over the past eight years, I enjoyed presenting at conferences. Running and researching my own construction business autoethnographically, I can offer first-hand industry experience and unique insights and lessons for practice. I use insights from research to run my business and teach students. Against that backdrop, I aim to promote qualitative and ethnographic research in the engineering field. I am one of the few German researchers at ARCOM. Therefore, I can add a German perspective and widen ARCOM’s reach into Germany. Besides, as a runner, I will support the ARCOM run.
Professor Patrick Manu, University of the West of England, UK
I am a Professor of Innovative Construction and Project Management at the University of the West of England. My involvement with ARCOM dates to 2009 when I attended and presented a paper at my first ARCOM doctoral workshop. Subsequently, I have served on the ARCOM committee, scientific committee, chaired conference sessions, led a conference track, and organised an ARCOM early career researchers (ECRs) development workshop. I would like to see the ARCOM community grow and so my intention is to help promote ARCOM through contributing to the capacity building of ECRs, and enhancing ARCOM’s visibility among key stakeholders.
Dr Léon olde Scholtenhuis, University of Twente, The Netherlands
As Associate Professor at the University of Twente (NL) I study how digitalisation supports coordination in urban underground space transitions. I use ethnographic and Design Science Research to develop and evaluate technology-in-practice. I publish in CM-journal (CM&E, J-CEM and AutoCOM) about my interventions with construction practice and how this leads to evolving relationships between practitioners, routines and implemented technology. Since joining ARCOM in 2010, I enjoy participating in the conference, reviewing submissions and organising seminars. As I re-apply for Committee, I hope to continue delivering my views on practice-engagement and to make ARCOMs conferences, seminars and workshops more inclusive to international researchers.
Dr Florence Phua, University of Reading, UK
As an active contributor to and participant in ARCOM throughout my academic career, I continue to see it as the only germane forum for bringing together the CM research community in areas of scholarship, networking and collaborations. My research leadership within and beyond the CM discipline derives from having a coherent research agenda and outputs which focus on the complex relationships that individual-level organizational behaviour/ psychology constructs have on construction and project performance. As a ARCOM committee member, I would like to encourage and develop this individual-level approach in CM research and discourse.