Evidence-based learning and research for professional excellence in the built environment

   Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering

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  Dr Zhen Chen  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This project aims to foster new world class research into challenging issues in the built environment with regard to evidence-based learning for excellence in professional practices. This project is open to applicants who have specialty interests in related areas and have ambition to generate new knowledge to inform academic research and professional practices in the design, construction, and/or operation of buildings and/or civil infrastructure. 

The research areas of this project include but not limited to the following new analysis and/or solutions in the context of engineering and/or management for the built environment:

·        Calculated/Informed/Intelligent decision-making support in design, construction, and/or operation.

·        Methodological studies on advanced technical solutions for optimization and/or optioneering with regard to people, products, processes, resources, and/or environment.

·        The enhancement of capability, dependability, efficacy, and/or resilience at strategic, tactical, and/or operational levels.

·        The study on accidents or best practices to advance the professional body of knowledge.

The expected research outcomes from this research project may include but not limited to with regard to the researchers’ career development in academic research and/or professional practices:

·        Academic papers published in top journals.

·        Books based on the research for dissertations.

·        Presentations to national and/or international audiences.

Subject areas include: Engineering: Civil & Structural Engineering


Maths & Computing: AI & Machine Learning; Data Analysis; Operational Research


Social Science & Health: Architecture & the Built Environment; Education; History; Political Science & International Studies; Psychology

Business & Finance: Business & Management

Funding Notes

Due to funding restrictions this position is only available for UK candidates. The funding covers tuition fees and tax-free annual maintenance payments of at least the UK Research Council minimum (currently around £15,600) per annum for 3.5 years. We will only accept applications from international students who confirm in their email application that they are able to pay the difference between the Home and International fees (approximately £17,500 per annum). The Stipend is not to be used to cover fees. If you are unable to cover this cost the application will be rejected.


Z. Chen, A. Agapiou, H. Li, and Q. Xu (2021) A TRIZ Approach to Reliable Megaproject Sustainability. Frontiers in Built Environment. DOI: 10.3389/fbuil.2021.650699.
Z. Chen, A. Agapiou, and H. Li (2020) A benefits prioritisation analysis on adopting BIM systems against major challenges in megaproject delivery. Frontiers in Built Environment, 6:26. DOI: 10.3389/fbuil.2020.00026.
Z. Chen (2019) Grand challenges in construction management. Frontiers in Built Environment, 5:31. DOI: 10.3389/fbuil.2019.00031.
P. Boateng, Z. Chen, S. Ogunlana (2017) Megaproject Risk Analysis and Simulation: A Dynamic Systems Approach. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-78635-831-8. DOI: 10.1108/9781786358301.
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