New PhD student at the Centre for Disaster Resilience

New PhD student at the Centre for Disaster Resilience

Salford BSc and MSc graduate, Nurul Afroze Zainal Abidin started her PhD at the Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR) at the School of the Built Environment in January 2014. 

As an undergraduate in 2009 at SOBE, Afroze completed her BSc in Quantity Surveying with first class honours. She also received the ‘Best Dissertation’ award from the Journal of Construction Innovation in 2011. She then went on to do her MSc in Project Management in Construction at SOBE completing it with a distinction in 2013. 

Afroze started her PhD at CDR in January 2014, and is funded by the Malaysian Government under the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) scheme.

For her doctoral degree, Afroze is investigating organisational resilience within the Malaysian construction industry. With the government’s goal to transform Malaysia into a prosperous, competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient country by the year 2020 through “Malaysia Vision 2020”, the construction industry has become the main focal point for development.

She will also study gaps and challenges and the overall competition dynamics within the process of skills development, capability improvement and competency enhancement of Malaysian companies engaged in fulfilling the construction provision. Afroze is supervised by the CDR’s Dr Bingu Ingirige.

Dr Ingirige said: “When Afroze received funding for her PhD under the MARA scheme, she chose SOBE as her first choice. This goes on to show SOBE's international stature in terms of recognition of its research as well as how it identifies and nurtures its upcoming stars so that they choose Salford as their preferred seat of learning.”