Staff Profile:Dr Graeme Larsen

Dr Graeme Larsen
Job Title:
Associate Professor

SCME Director of Post Graduate Research Studies
SCME Strategy Committee
SCME Committee of Teaching and Learning
Joint Faculty Postgraduate Committee (Science and Life Sciences)
University Graduate Skills Development Committee

BSc (Hons) Building, Nottingham Trent University, UK
PhD Innovation Diffusion, University of Reading, UK

External Responsibilities:
Scientific Review Committee for CIB Working Commission 065
University representative to the CIB Task Group TG65
International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) WBC16 Scientific Committee

Areas of Interest:

I am an Associate Professor in Construction Management and Innovation and the School Director of Post Graduate Research Studies. My research interests are wide reaching from innovation diffusion to competitiveness networks of SMEs, but I always seek to embed the research in the reality experienced by the practitioner. I am actively engaged with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), being an academic and industry membership assessor. My more recent research focused on corporate social responsibility, use of communication networks, innovative procurement methods in niche markets, sustainability and resilience planning. I lead a strategic research partnership with Silverstone Holdings Ltd (Motorsport Circuit) focussing on future development plans.

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, published more than 25 original research articles and am currently supervising 8 Doctoral Researchers.

Research groups / Centres:

Innovative Construction Research Centre 
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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

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 7185
3n31 URS Building

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