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School of the Built Environment

Professor Min An

Professor of Construction and Risk Management


After Professor An received a BEng (Hons) and a MSc in Civil Engineering from Chang’an University in 1983 and Xian Jiaotong University in 1990, respectively, he was a Civil Engineer and a Chief Civil Engineer in two Design & Research Institutes for nine years. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at Birmingham University in 1993, and then he joined Heriot-Watt University as a PhD research student in 1994 and received his PhD in 1997. He was employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Liverpool JM University and then a Lecturer in 1997. He joined Coventry University in 2001 and was a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Engineering Design Research Centre (EDRC) until May 2003. He re-joined the University of Birmingham in June 2003 and was a Reader in Construction and Risk Management, the Director of MSc/PGDip in Construction Management, MSc/PGDip in Civil Engineering, and MSc/PGDip in Civil Engineering & Management programmes, Leader of Construction Project and Risk Management, Leader of the JBM Accreditation Response Committee on H&S, Leader of MEng Management Research Projects. He joined School of Built Environment at the University of Salford as a Professor of Construction and Risk Management in June 2016. He has worked as a Lecturer, a Senior Lecturer, a Reader and then a Professor for about twenty-six years.

Professor An is also an Honorary Professor in two overseas Universities (Beijing Jiaotong and Portugal); Associate Editor and Member of Editiorial Board for 12 International Journals (UK, Canada, USA and India). He has been involved in the development of new techniques and methodologies to facilitate project design, construction and maintenance risk analysis and management in the fields of civil, construction, highway, railway, oil & gas, nuclear and transportation industries. This work has been sustained over the past twenty-six years and has resulted in over one hundred technical papers and reports. A research network with a wide range of industrial partners including more than 30 major industrial players (end user of the research) has been established, and much information has been collected in these fields. There have been already many interesting findings, which have firmly established the research in this area at an excellent international level. His research work has been funded from a variety of sources including EPSRC, EU, government agencies and industry. He is/was PI of 25 financed contracts, and has been awarded grants worth more than £3M. Professor An has successfully supervised 28 research students (26 PhDs and 2 MPhils), 6 RFs, 2 RAs and 11 Visiting Research Scholars. He currently supervises 2 RFs, 10 PhDs and co-supervise 4 PhDs. He has also supervised more than 180 MSc and MEng projects. He has delivered many workshops to transfer research results to the industry. His research works have led to improvements in processes and practices and the publication of best-practice for the wider improvement of performance in the UK industrial companies. I have been awarded a special prize, two first-prizes and two second-prizes in advanced science and technology for his scientific research.


Professor An’s teaching covers at both of Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels including:

Supply Chain Management in Built Environment (MSc), Finance and Risk Management (MSc), Individual Projects (MSc), Research Methods (MSc), Discipline Research Projects (BEng), Production & Human Resource Management (BEng), etc

Research Interests

Professor An’s expertise is in the development of safety risk and reliability assessment techniques so that safety and reliability aspects can be taken into account in design, construction and maintenance processes, and the development of the advanced procedures for minimising risks by improved design aspects, construction and maintenance strategies based on safety and reliability assessment, especially in the context of buildings, bridges, railways, highways, undergrounds, oil and gas, nuclear and transportation industries etc. His research has been carried out in collaboration with a wide range of industrial partners including London Underground Ltd (LUL), Highways England (HE), Rail Safety & Standard Board (RSSB), Network Rail, Tube Lines Ltd, Serco Assurance Ltd, Risktec Solutions Ltd, Balfour Beatty, TACO, Eurostar (UK) Ltd, Amey Plc, Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Shell, BP, British Gas, Sir Robert McAlpine, Scott Wilson, Ernst & Young, Faithful & Gould, Currie & Brown, Turner & Townsend, BAE systems, International Mechanics Technology UK Ltd, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar, Land Rover, TRW Conekt, MIRA, Australia Manufacturing Company PTY Ltd, and JOY Machinery UK Ltd etc. and the research work has been funded from a variety of sources including industry, the research councils and government agencies. The research and consultancy activities address:-

  • Development and application of more rational methods and strategies for designing and maintaining the safety and reliability of infrastructure systems
  • Formal safety and reliability assessment of both rolling stock projects and large scale infrastructure projects.
  • Computer tools for safety, risk and reliability evaluations.
  • Safety-cost analysis and maintenance analysis.
  • Multiple criteria in decision-making.
  • Human error studies (design, construction, maintenance and operation)
  • Overall Safety Case preparation for industry.

Qualifications and Memberships

BEng (Hons), MSc, PhD, PGCert, CEng, MCICE, MIMechE, MIEngD


Selected publications since 2016:

  • S Dindar, S Kaewunruen, M An and MH Osman, 2016, Natural Hazard Risks on Railway Turnout Systems, Int, J of Procedia Engineering 161 (2016) 1254 – 1259, doi: 10.1016/j.proeng.2016.08.561.
  • N Ali, S Si, M An and L Changchun, 2016, An Importance Measure Based Multi-state Reliability and Risk Analysis for Subways, Journal of Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practices – Proceedings of the 26th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2016, 1356-1368.
  • M An, Y Qin, LM Jia and Y Chen, 2016, Aggregation of group fuzzy risk information in the railway risk decision making process, Safety Sciences 82 (2016), 12-28.
  • M Al-Saadi and M An, 2016, Design for Safety: Safety Consideration in Planning and Design of Airport Airsides, Int J of Civil, Environmental, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering 10(4), 433-445.World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. (,5).
  • S Dindar, S Kaewunruen and M An 2016, Identification of Appropriate Risk Analysis Techniques for Railway Turnout Systems, Int J of Risk Research 12(2), 1-19. (
  • M Al-Saadi and M An, 2016, Decision Making for Airport Airside Planning and Design Reviewing Based on Safety Risk Assessment. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Proceedings of ICCEAM 2016: 18th International Conference on Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, 398-410 (This paper has been awarded as the best research paper).
  • MH Osman, S Kaewunruen, M An and S Dindar, 2016, Disruption Management of Resource schedule in Transportation Sector: Understanding the Concept and Strategy, the Proceedings of World Multidisciplinary Civil Engineering –Architecture-Urban Planning Symposium, (WMCAUS 20116), Prague, Czech Republic, 13-17 June 2016.
  • Kavishe, N and An, M (2016), Challenges for Implementing Public Private Partnership in Housing Projects in Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania. In: P W Chan and C J Neilson (Eds.) Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2016, Manchester, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol 2, 979-988.
  • M An and Qin Y, 2016, Challenges of Railway Safety Risk Assessment and Maintenance Decision Making (Chapter contribution). Handbook of Research on Emerging Innovations in Rail Transportation Engineering (Edited by B. Umesh Rai), 103-134, IGI Global Press. ISBN13: 9781522500841|ISBN10: 1522500847|EISBN13: 9781522500858|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0084-1.
  • S. Dindar, S. Kaewunruen, M. An and J Sussman, 2017, Bayesian network-based probability analysis of train derailments caused by various extreme weather patterns on railway turnouts, Safety Sciences (in press).
  • Li Wang, Min An, Yinggui Zhang, Khan Rana (2017), Railway network reliability analysis based on Key station identification using complex network theory: a real-world case study of high-speed rail network. IRWAS 2017, 11th-12th Sept 2017, Salford, UK.
  • Yinggui Zhang, Min An and Li Wang (2017), Considerations of out-of-gauge freight transportation in railway infrastructure development and maintenance projects. IRWAS 2017, 11th-12th Sept 2017, Salford, UK, Salford, UK.
  • M An and Y Chen, Fuzzy Reasoning Approach and Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process for Expert Judgment Capture and Process in Risk Analysis (Chapter contribution). Handbook of RAMS in Railway Systems: Theory and Practice (Edited by Dr. Q. Mahboob and Dr. E. Zio), Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Charles Nsibande and Min An (2017), A phenomenological study on decision making under uncertainty in real estate investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, IPGRC 2017, 14th-15th Sept 2017, Salford, UK.
  • Yinggui Zhang, Min An and Li Wang (2017), Track Assignment Adjustment Problem in Complex Railway Passenger Stations, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Electrical and Information Technologies for Rail Transportation 2017, Changsa, China, Springer-Verlag, Germany.
  • H. Zhang, L. Jia, L. Wang, Y. Qin and M. An, 2017, High-Speed Railway Timetable Rescheduling Method: A Bi-level Integrated Programming Approach, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Electrical and Information Technologies for Rail Transportation 2017, Changsa, China, Springer-Verlag, Germany.
  • D. Guo, Y. Qin , L. Wang and M. An, 2017, Characteristic analysis of high-speed railway network in China, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Electrical and Information Technologies for Rail Transportation 2017, Changsa, China, Springer-Verlag, Germany.