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School of the Built Environment

Professor Carl Abbott



I am Professor of Construction Innovation and Enterprise in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford and am Director of the Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI) in the built & human environment. Throughout my time at the university I have worked closely with industry in the region, helping to establish the Centre for Construction Innovation where I was General Manager. My research interests include innovation and the sustainable delivery of housing. In addition to SCRI, significant research projects in which I have been involved, include the ESRC Distributed Innovation Project ‘The impact of environmental regulation on innovation in the housing sector: the case of the Code for Sustainable Homes’, the EPSRC/EDF funded People Energy & Buildings project on the ‘Uptake of Micro-generation Technologies in Housing’ and a UK/Finland comparative study on retrofit of apartment buildings.


Project Management, Offsite Construction, Mathematics, Lean Integrated Design & Production, Lean Organisational Management.

Research Interests

Construction Innovation, Low Energy Housing, Offsite Construction, Lean Construction.

Qualifications and Memberships

Co-Director CIB Task Group 76 – Recognising Innovation



Forthcoming: ‘Perspectives on Construction Innovation’ (Wiley-Blacwell, Co-Editor with Prof Andy Dainty & Finn Orstavik

Selected Journal Publications

Erdogan, B; Abbott, C; Aouad, G; Construction in Year 2030, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Vol 368, pp 3551-3565

Aouad, G; Ozorhon, B; Abbott, C, Facilitating innovation in construction: Directions and implications for research and policy, Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol. 10 Iss: 4, pp.374 – 394

Erdogan, B; Abbott, C ; Aouad, G; Kazi, S Construction IT in 2030: A Scenario Planning Approach ITCON Vol 14 pp 540-555 (

Barrett, PS, Abbott, C, Sexton, M, Ruddock, L Hidden Innovation in the Construction & Property Sectors RICS Research Paper Series Vol 7 No 20

Abbott, C ; Sexton, M ; Lu, SL; Jones, V;  Action Learning as an Enabler for Successful Technology Transfer with Construction SMEs, RICS Research Paper Series Vol 7 No 16

Abbott, C; Allen, S; Jeong, K. The Economic Motivation for Innovation in Small Construction Companies  Journal of Construction Innovation Vol 6 (3) pp 187-196

Abbott, C, Allen, S.  Facilitating  Innovation, The Role of the Centre for Construction Innovation  International Journal of Strategic Property Management Vol 9(2) pp79-90