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CPM 4.0: Building Our Future Cities

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Research Area: Built environment and future cities

CPM 4.0: Building Our Future Cities

Construction projects are becoming increasingly complex while technological developments under Construction 4.0 and the increasing use of offsite manufacturing are changing the way we build. Our future cities will be the product of tightly coupled, multi-nodal manufacturing systems, incorporating multiple interactions of both social and technological complexity in the construction of our built environment spaces and places. However, traditional approaches to construction management remain wedded to the management of construction elements rather than the complexity of their interactions. To ensure success in the construction of our future cities, a new approach is required. This project aims to re-evaluate Construction Project Management (CPM) from complexity perspectives and to develop new 4.0-ready tools accordingly.

This project will draw on knowledge from the management of systems already mindful of their own complexity, and the behaviours of High Reliability Organisations (HROs) in which the ability to adapt and self-organise following deviations from ‘work as planned’ is an essential part of organisation resilience. The project will develop CPM 4.0, a framework better able to manage the organisation of complex construction projects, providing practical tools and organisational approaches able to deal with growing complexity. The project will be action research driven in collaboration with large construction organisations in both the civil engineering and construction sectors, resulting in the co-production of innovative CPM 4.0 techniques, better able to deliver success in the construction industry of the future.

This project will be supervised by Dr Fred Sherratt and Professor Chris Ivory, both leading academics of international standing in Construction Management Research.

How to apply

To apply, you’ll need: A first class bachelor’s degree or a 2:1 bachelor’s degree and a masters at merit level or above. Equivalent awards will be considered. Qualifications must be relevant for the particular studentship you are applying for.

You can apply online via our Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentships page ( Under each project description you will find a link to the application form.

Full details of the application process and the terms and conditions can also be found on the above- page

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