ARCOM Committee Members 2020-2021

The committee of ARCOM is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, which is held during the Annual Conference

Professor Lloyd Scott, Technological University Dublin

Chair
Professor Lloyd Scott, Technological University Dublin
As Chair of ARCOM my goal is to maintain the already well established traditions of the association but also serve to make it a stronger and more representative leading international body of construction management researchers at the forefront of creating and sharing new knowledge. Having been introduced to ARCOM in 2004 I have contributed to the community since then at our conferences, as a member of the scientific and prize committees and have led and convened a number of workshops. I became the first elected international committee member in 2015 and in 2018 was elected as Vice Chairman of the association. I endeavour as Chair of ARCOM to encourage others to engage in construction research and take both the industry and construction education forward. I convened a doctoral research workshop session in 2015 and would like to develop further this important support mechanism for early career construction researchers. Now, as the first International Chair I will continue to provide a link to the work of other international construction research groups and extend the already commendable work of the committee. I look forward to seeing the ARCOM community and please do get involved!!

Professor Chris Gorse, Leeds Beckett University

Immediate Past Chair
Professor Chris Gorse, Leeds Beckett University
Ensuring that our research community benefits from the open exchanges and supportive networks that ARCOM events brings is close to my heart. As the immediate past Chair, I will continue to take the interests of the research community forward; to push education, research and enterprise forward; building on the backbone of our vibrant and informed research community. I will endeavour to extend our reach, maintain our high-quality research forum and breakdown the boundaries that can stifle knowledge exchange. I support greater equality and a stronger, more diverse international community which is ready to take on the challenges of the future.

Dr. Apollo Tutesigensi, University of Leeds

Vice-chair
Dr. Apollo Tutesigensi, University of Leeds
I was introduced to ARCOM as a PhD student in the late 90s, became a member in 2000 and have been involved in its activities ever since. I was co-opted to the ARCOM Committee in March 2013 and elected, for the first time, in September 2013. I was honoured to serve as ARCOM Treasurer from May 2015 to September 2020. My commitment to ARCOM’s objectives and activities remains very strong. I have enjoyed working with colleagues to improve the quality of ARCOM’s products and services. As your Vice-Chair, I accept the challenge of helping steer ARCOM through the next few years. With your continued support, I trust we will overcome and continue to thrive as a leading international body of construction management researchers at the forefront of creating and sharing new knowledge. I would like to see a little more innovation in our organisation and I look forward to receiving your ideas!

Dr. Vivien Chow, Loughborough University

Treasurer
Dr. Vivien Chow, Loughborough University
Vivien is Lecturer of Construction and Project Management at Loughborough University. In the past her research has explored organisational resilience, public engagement, and the way power dynamics influence communication. Her current research interest focuses on the interrelationships between employee engagement, health safety and wellbeing, and productivity. She was introduced to the ARCOM community at her first ARCOM Conference in 2011 and joined the committee in 2018. As someone whose academic trajectory has spanned across Australia, Hong Kong, and now the UK, she is particularly interested in expanding the ARCOM network by connecting with PhD candidates and early career researchers globally.

Dr. Craig Thomson, Glasgow Caledonian University

Secretary
Dr. Craig Thomson, Glasgow Caledonian University
My relationship with ARCOM started in 2004 when I attended my first conference. In the following years I have contributed to the scientific committee, chaired sessions and tracks around sustainable construction and in 2014 become a committee member. I recently led an ARCOM workshop which reaffirmed to me the important role they play in widening our contribution beyond the conference. I bring experience of organising international conferences and workshops, and in managing scientific review processes. I have a strong understanding of the committee’s role having attended every meeting since 2014 and feel ready to assume more responsibility the future.

Dr. John Spillane, University of Limerick

Membership Secretary
Dr. John Spillane, University of Limerick
Having been introduced to ARCOM in 2010, I quickly realised the value, strong level of collegiality, but most of all, the sense of community within the construction management spectrum. Having been co-opted onto the ARCOM Committee in 2017 and elected in 2018, followed by being appointed Membership Secretary in 2019, my commitment is to continue to assist in the development and further internationalisation, of what is a great opportunity for fellow practitioners, to engage, debate and ultimately, push the boundaries within our discipline. As Membership Secretary, I will continue to promote ARCOM’s objectives and activities, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Robby Soetanto, Loughborough University

Publications Officer
Dr. Robby Soetanto, Loughborough University
I have been a member of ARCOM since I started my PhD research. ARCOM has had a significant role in my personal development as a researcher, and I wish to promote this to others, particularly early career researchers. As member and the current Newsletter Editor, I wish to support the ARCOM mission in developing construction management researchers, globally, by facilitating dissemination of relevant information, and enhancing its presence to wider audience. I hereby offer my personal commitment to the development of this dynamic and inclusive organisation to meet the future challenges of construction management research.

Professor Chika Udeaja, London South Bank University

Workshops Convenor
Professor Chika Udeaja, London South Bank University
I am Professor of Project Management and Construction at London South Bank University, and my research interest can be classified under construction management and informatics. I have been a member of ARCOM since 2005, but I became Workshops Convenor two years ago. As a committee member, I have been involved in facilitating doctoral workshops, both nationally and internationally. My motto has always been to work with other members to achieve the ARCOM charter and advance knowledge in the area of construction management. By continuing on the committee I will be able to support the aims of ARCOM at all levels.

Dr. Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo, Nottingham Trent University

Committee Member
Dr. Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo, Nottingham Trent University
Emmanuel is Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment in Nottingham Trent University. He is passionate about health and safety practices in construction. His main focus is on micro and small construction firms although he studies larger projects as well. He has experience in organising a wide range of knowledge exchange activities including ARCOM conferences. He is currently working closely with local communities and firms to improve stakeholders’ welfare with regard to the Built Environment. Emmanuel will be helpful in the organisation of future conferences, seminars and coaching current research students.

Dr. Colin Booth, University of West of England

Committee Member
Dr. Colin Booth, University of West of England
Coming from both a scientific and engineering background, I have research interests and publications in Flooding and Water Resources Management, Sustainability in the Built Environment, Environmental Management in Construction, Construction Project Management, Climate Change Strategies, Built Environment Studies and Urban Pollution. As a former ARCOM committee member, I was the International Liaison Officer and I have hosted workshops on ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’, as part of the ARCOM Sustainability roadshow series. Currently, I am the Associate Head of Research and Scholarship in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.

Professor David Boyd, Birmingham City University

Committee Member
Professor David Boyd, Birmingham City University
A committee member since 1995, I am a past chair of ARCOM and was treasurer for many years. I have helped move ARCOM to a more professional footing whilst maintaining the fundamental idea of it as community. I am still committed to ARCOM and believe my extended experience of running ARCOM is essential as we move to develop the Association’s activities. I have a particular desire for ARCOM to undertake more activities, such as workshops, to give it a more progressive role in the CM community and to extend its membership.

Dr. Nicola Callaghan, Glasgow Caledonian University

Committee Member
Dr. Nicola Callaghan, Glasgow Caledonian University
I am a Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and teach and research in the field of applied social science within Construction Project Management. I was introduced to ARCOM as a PhD student in 2011, organised a doctoral workshop in 2018 and joined the scientific committee in 2019. My vision is to drive the continuous development and dissemination of “research-worthy” Construction Management knowledge which influences society, culture, our environment and the wider economy. I will support the development of doctoral students and ECRs and create an inclusive network that encourages collaboration and debate within and beyond the Construction Management discipline.

Professor Paul Chan, Delft University of Technology

Committee Member
Professor Paul Chan, Delft University of Technology
As an active member since 2001, I joined the committee in 2006, serving as Secretary (until 2014), Vice-Chair (2014-2016) and Chair (2016-2018). I have contributed to the diversification of the doctoral workshops, and chaired various ARCOM debates. I am actively contributing to the Prize Selection, ARCOM Seminars and Journal Publications Working Groups. I will continue to connect construction management research with debates from wider organisational and management studies. To this end, I introduced thematic tracks to the ARCOM Conference format in 2016. I will continue to add value through my cross-disciplinary research experience and networks, and passion for researcher development.

Dr. Alex Copping, University of Bath

Committee Member
Dr. Alex Copping, University of Bath
I am Associate Professor in Construction Project Management in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, UK. I have twenty years of teaching and research experience in construction management and have been attending ARCOM conferences since 2008. I have been proud to serve as a committee member for the past three years supporting and contributing to ARCOM activities. Looking forward, I will work to expand the appeal of ARCOM to other built environment professionals as integrated networking between academic disciplines is critical to generating high-quality research in the built environment.

Dr. Shu-Ling Lu, University of Reading

Committee Member
Dr. Shu-Ling Lu, University of Reading
My involvement with ARCOM started with presenting a paper at the 2004 conference. I joined the committee in 2010 and served as Membership Secretary from 2011 to 2019. One of the key achievements as Membership Secretary was to provide better quality of membership services, in particular, the improvement of our existing individual database system and the establishment of an institutional membership database system. Looking forward, as the CIOB Reading Hub vice chair, I am committed to facilitating a stronger collaboration between the CIOB professions and academia.

Dr. Patrick Manu, University of Manchester

Committee Member
Dr. Patrick Manu, University of Manchester
I am a Reader in Project Management at The University of Manchester. I am passionate about construction management research, especially the area of occupational health and safety (OHS). My involvement with ARCOM dates back to 2009 when I attended and presented a paper at my first ARCOM doctoral workshop. I have since served on the ARCOM scientific committee, chaired sessions at ARCOM conferences, organised an ARCOM early career researchers (ECRs) workshop, and I joined the ARCOM committee in 2015. I would like to see the ARCOM community grow bigger and stronger and so my intention is to help promote ARCOM through: the advancement of OHS research (especially in developing regions); contributing to the capacity building of ECRs; and enhancing ARCOM’s visibility amongst key stakeholders.

Ms. Chrissi McCarthy, Constructing Equality

Committee Member
Ms. Chrissi McCarthy, Constructing Equality
I am a chartered builder, an ex-site manager and setting out engineer. I have run a small business for the last 12 years called Constructing Equality which aims to create inclusive and fair cultures in the UK construction sector. My business is underpinned by research and I am always in the last year of my PhD. I feel I can add value with my links to industry, practical experience and knowledge around Equality, Diversity and Inclusiveness (EDI).

Dr. Alex Opoku, University College London

Committee Member
Dr. Alex Opoku, University College London
I have been involved with the activities of ARCOM since 2009 and became a committee member in 2015. I am currently Associate Professor in Project Management and Quantity Surveying at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Chartered Quantity Surveyor (MRICS) and Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), having worked in the UK construction industry as a Quantity Surveyor for many years before joining academia. My research interest is in Sustainable Built Environment and I have convened a number of ARCOM Doctoral Workshops around the sustainability theme.

Professor Libby Schweber, University of Reading

Committee Member
Professor Libby Schweber, University of Reading
ARCOM is one of those rare conferences which is both intellectually stimulating and welcoming. I joined the ARCOM scientific committee in 2013. In 2014 I delivered the keynote in Portsmouth. Since my election to the committee in 2016, I have contributed to conference preparation and to the workshops on research methods and the meaning of numbers. As a social scientist interested in sustainability, innovation and in the use of social theory in construction research, I look forward to working with colleagues from different disciplines and to using ARCOM to build and enrich our community.

Dr. Simon Smith, University of Edinburgh

Committee Member
Dr. Simon Smith, University of Edinburgh
I have been an active member of ARCOM for over twenty years and never wavered from my view that it is the leading forum for discussion, dissemination, adventure and collaboration in all aspects of built environment research. As ARCOM Chair between 2012 and 2014, it was extremely rewarding to organise and run the two conferences in Edinburgh and Reading. Now being back to the regular committee I wish to serve this community just as much and hope to play a part in supporting the development of young researchers and PhD students, via the ARCOM doctoral workshop series and other initiatives.

Dr. Niraj Thurairajah, Northumbria University

Committee Member
Dr. Niraj Thurairajah, Northumbria University
I am Associate Professor in Built Environment and lead the Construction, Process and Management research group at Northumbria University. My research interests cover people and process aspects of the built environment including how organisations and people work in the context of technological innovation, disaster resilience and education. Between 2007 to 2011 I led several accelerating change initiatives to foster collaboration and dialogue between industry, higher education and professional bodies. I joined the ARCOM committee in 2014 and contributed to conference and workshop arrangements. I hope to enhance ARCOM community’s impact on society and environment by strengthening industry engagement and internationalisation.