Staff Profile:Dr Graeme Larsen

Dr Graeme Larsen
Job Title:
Associate Professor

For 8 years Graeme was the Director of the PhD programme within the School of the Built Environment (SBE). Today, Graeme holds the position of Research Group Lead for the Organization, People and Technology research group with the SBE. Graeme's other responsibilities include SBE Strategy Committee, SBE Research Committee, SBE Committee of Teaching & Learning, Joint Faculty Postgraduate Awards Committee (Science & Life Sciences). Graeme has successfully supervised a number of PhDs to completion and welcomes discussions with potential candidates. Graeme is also the School Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes.

External Responsibilities: Since 2017 Graeme has held a key role with the International Council for Research & Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) as coordinator of W065 Organization and Management of Construction working group. In addition, Graeme is on a number of scientific review committees including the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) and continues to be an external PhD examiner on the international stage. Graeme has sat on the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) membership panel member since 2010.


  • 2012 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB)
  • 2010 PgCert, University of Reading
  • 2010 Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB)
  • 2010 Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 2005 PhD, University of Reading
  • 1998 BSc (Hons) Building, Nottingham Trent University
  • 1994 BTEC National Diploma in Construction

Areas of Interest:

Building upon his project management roles within industry; Graeme's over-arching research interest is change and understanding the relationship between actors, technology, processes and organizations within a contextual setting (the construction sector). Early interests included the understanding social networks of influence around innovation, before engaging with regional networks of firms to understand how they changed over time in order to remain competitive. More recently, his research as focussed upon sustainability, corporate social responsibility, innovation uptake and international competitiveness. Currently Graeme is working with key clients (including Silverstone F1 circuit) around briefing and stakeholder engagement to enable construction professionals to better understand clients.

Career Path:
My early career in construction began working as a trainee engineer which led to an ONC in Construction, followed by a BSc (Hons) Building. It was during this time that I gained experience working with housing developers in the South West of England. Upon graduating I joined Miller Construction and then BAM Construction working mainly in the home countries and central London on a range of project types. At this time I considered how I could have more of an impact on the Construction sector and the challenges it faces. This led to undertaking my PhD on the topic of Understanding the Diffusion of Innovations at the University of Reading, followed by a Research Fellowship and then a Lectureship before becoming the Director of the PhD Programme. I have secured research funding for a number of research projects and published more than 25 original research articles.

Research groups / Centres:

  • Innovative Construction Research Centre 
    The Big Ideas
  • Design Innovation Research Centre within the School of the Built Environment
  • Organization, People and Technology within the School of the Built Environment
  • Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments within the University of Reading
  • Environment Research Division within the University of Reading

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Selected Refereed Conference Publications
Larsen, G., D. Green, S., D. and Kao, C (2009) Re-configuring an Organisations Capabilities: A view from the Construction Sector. In: Organization Science 15th Winter Conference, 3-8 February 2009, Colorado, USA.

Employment History:

Assistant Site Manager, Knapp New Homes, UK
Site Manager, Miller Construction, UK
Construction Package Manager, HGB Construction, UK
Research Fellow, Innovative Construction Research Centre, University of Reading, UK

Larsen G staff profile photo 2018

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 7185
129 Chancellor's Building

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