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School of the Built Environment

Mark Shelbourn

Reader in BIM & Digital Technologies


I have re-joined the School after a 15 year journey around a number of United Kingdom Higher Education institutions, including international experience at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

I am now an Associate Professor in Building Information Modelling (BIM) & Digital Technologies. I have been researching and teaching in the area of BIM, collaborative working and digital technologies for over 10 years. My specific interest are people’s behaviours that enable them to better collaborate as individuals and projects.

I am founding member of the Behaviours4Collaboration group, set up to promote collaborative behaviours across the industry.

I have a PhD in Computer-Aided-Learning in Building Pathology from the University of Salford (Sept 2002). I also studied an MSc in Information Technology in Property and Construction, also from the University of Salford (July 1998). My first degree was an BSc Honours in Building Surveying at Sheffield Hallam University.

I am also an adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia where I continue to support students with their studies, particularly the online postgraduate programmes in Building Surveying & Project Management, PhD supervisions, as well as continuing research interests with former colleagues & industry. 


Mark is currently teaching on the MSc BIM in Digital Built Environments across the different subjects. He is also responsible for the research methods teaching across the Masters suite in the School. 

Research Interests

I am the lead of the Education & Learning in the Built Environment (ELBE) research group within the School. I am interested in improving the learning experience through collaboration and project based learning of all those entering the built environment area.

I am continuing my research in the areas of BIM & collaborative working. Proposal writing, conference & journal publications, academic & industrial collaborations mean that my research is now taking on an international flavour. Areas of interest are specific to the people & behavioural aspects of BIM & collaboration. My work in the Behaviours4Collaboration (B4C) group reflects this. 

Qualifications and Memberships

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia, Adelaide

Research Member of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Research Centre at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)

Co-Editor of the Journal International Journal of Building Pathology & Adaptation (formerly Structural Survey: Journal of Building Pathology & Refurbishment), published by Emerald

External examiner for a Building Surveying degree, and international built environment degrees at Birmingham City University

External Examiner and National Education Committee Advisor for the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)

External examination of students on the MSc Construction Engineering at the Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering & Technology, Cambridge University

External examination of students progressing for PhD at Dublin Institute of Technology


Shelbourn, M.A., Macdonald, J., McCuen, T. & Lee, S. (2017) Students’ perceptions of BIM Education in the higher education sector – a UK and US perspective. Industry & Higher Education, 31 (5), pp.293-304