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School of the Built Environment

John Forde

Lecturer in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics


I joined the University of Salford in December 2009 as a Lecturer in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics, having previously practiced for some 30 years in various sectors of the construction industry.

I have contracting experience in the heavy engineering sector and I have practiced in a Central Government Agency and Local Authority on new build and refurbishment projects. In addition I have commercial experience in the development of airports and civil engineering facilities in the UK and overseas.

I have also practiced in the insurance sector as a Chartered Insurance Loss Adjuster.

Management experience has been acquired in the delivery of multi million pound refurbishment schemes in the social housing sector, procured under partnering arrangements.

I am currently studying for a professional doctorate.


I am the undergraduate module leader for Construction Economics and Procurement and Administration.

My teaching also extends to Professional Practice, Construction Process Management and Economics and Management. I also supervise post graduate research.

Research Interests

My professional background is in industry and practice. 

The focus for my current research is related to motivation of built environment professionals.

I also have research interests in procurement, construction economics and inspirational teaching.

Qualifications and Memberships

First Class BSc Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying 1987

Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice 2012

Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 1989

Member of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters 2000 to 2003

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2012