Research

The School of the Built Environment aims to transform the quality of life for society whilst ensuring the well-being of future generations through the provision of better and more sustainable futures.

The School also makes a major contribution toward the realisation of the University strategic research theme of Built and Human Environment by engaging in quality, advanced, cutting-edge, and impactful research.

The research community

It has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in research, much of which also involves national and international partners. It enjoys a top position in the UK Government national research assessment which recognises the outstanding national and international profile of our academic staff. We are also number one for research power (source: Research Fortnight Magazine, 2008). As one of the largest UK Built Environment schools, we have some 50 research active staff, many of whom are internationally recognised leaders in their field.

Members of our research centres place considerable importance on contributing to the built environment research community and the professions, within the UK and internationally. Many members act as Leaders and Coordinators of Research Working Commissions and Groups, Assessors for Research Funding Bodies; Visiting Professors; External Examiners; Journal Editors; Members of International Scientific Committees; and International Conference Organisers.

Postgraduate research students (PGR) are also fundamental to our research activities, culture and ethos, and so is the recruitment, supervision, progression and completion, and support for our PGR activities. We have some 240 PhD students from around the world undertaking research programmes with us.

Research strategy and themes

Our research strategy is anchored around eight fundamental pillars, which are:

  • Quality and integrity
  • People
  • Research focus
  • Research impact
  • Partnership and engagements
  • Resources
  • Communication and improved reputation; and
  • Performance.

Our research is primarily conducted under the general themes of:

  • Sustainability
  • Construction process management
  • Disaster management
  • Construction information technology.

Research under these themes are in turn operationalised within our Research Centres.

Research facilities

The School also hosts the THINKlab. This provides state of the art facilities in a futuristic environment enabling researchers to engage in research that harnesses the leading developments related to Information and Communication Technologies, providing new solutions to current and future challenges faced by industry, commerce and the community.

We continuously welcome researchers and practitioners, world-wide, to explore and work with us on exciting, engaging, multi-disciplinary, and impactful research in the built environment, and together our research can make a significant and long-lasting impact on the built environment.