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School of the Built Environment

Dr Stephen Allen

Lecturer in Construction Management


Prior to joining University of Salford in September 2018 Dr Stephen Allen had spent the previous two years renovating residential properties in Johannesburg, South Africa and was a lecturer at the School of Construction Economics and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg since August 2013 having previously lectured at the University of Cape Town from January 2009 until January 2012.

Prior to this he spent four years at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh as a lecturer in Construction Economics and Management. Before joining Heriot Watt, Stephen worked as a consultant for the Department of Health, Limpopo, South Africa in 2004. Stephen also worked as a Lecturer in the Manchester Centre for Civil & Construction Engineering, Project Management Division, UMIST, University of Manchester (2001-2004); a Research Scientist at CSIRO in Brisbane, Australia (2000-2001); a Research Scientist at CSIR in Pretoria, South Africa (1997-2000); and a Research Assistant at University of Salford (1995-1997).  Stephen completed his PhD at University of Salford in 1997 where he also gained BSc (Hons) First Class in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics in 1992.


Construction Process Management

Lean and Off-Site production management

Project Management

Research Interests

Construction Productivity

Off Site Manufacturing

Waste Management

Qualifications and Memberships

  • 2001, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, UMIST, University of Manchester
  • 1997, PhD, Information Management for Housing Management: A Systemic View, University of Salford
  • 1992, BSc Honours (First Class) Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics, University of Salford


Recent Refereed Journal Papers

  • Ugulu R. A., and Allen S. (2018) Using the learning curve theory in the investigation of on-site craft gangs’ blockwork construction productivity, Built Environment Project and Asset Management,
  • Ugulu R. A., and Allen S. (2017) Dataset on investigating the role of onsite learning in the optimisation of craft gang's productivity in the construction industry, Data in Brief,
  • Ugulu R. A., Makhotso M.,  Mahlatse R., Morongoa S.and Allen S. (2016) The Influence of Motivation on Labour Productivity on Building Construction Projects in South Africa, International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, Volume 7, Issue 4, April-2016

Recent Refereed Conference Papers

  • Ugulu, R. and Allen, S.  (2016). Productivity Concepts, Theories and Evaluation of their Applicability to the Construction Industry, 7th Cross-Faculty Graduate Research Conference/Symposium, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 1st-2nd March, 2016
  • Ugulu, R. and Allen, S.  (2015). Investigation Into The Factors That Influence Construction Productivity-A Review of the Literature, Proceedings of the 12th International Post Graduate Research Conference, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Manchester UK, 10th -12th June , pp. 682-689
  • Van Zyl, A., Worsley, L., Allen, S., and Massyn, M. (2012) The impact of a formal requirements specification process/methodology on the quality and success of complex engineering projects ICEC2012, June 2012, Durban, South Africa.
  • Ellmann, A and Allen, S. (2012), “Contextualising the evaluation of the sustainability of low cost housing” CIB W70 & W92 Conference, January 2012, Cape Town, South Africa.