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Dr Graeme Larsen

Portrait of Dr Graeme Larsen, Associate Professor in the School of Construction Management and Engineering
  • School of the Built Environment Committee of Teaching & Learning
  • Joint Faculty Postgraduate Awards Committee (Science & Life Sciences)
  • PhD supervisor
  • School Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes. 

Areas of interest

For 8 years Graeme was the Director of the PhD programme within the School of the Built Environment. 

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 organisations within a contextual setting (the construction sector).

Early interests included 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 focused 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.

Postgraduate supervision

Graeme has successfully supervised a number of PhDs to completion and welcomes discussions with potential candidates.

Research centres and groups

  • University of Reading Organisation, People and Technology Research Group
  • University of Reading Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments
  • University of Reading Environment Research Division.


Graeme's early career in construction began with working as a trainee engineer, which led to an ONC in Construction, followed by a BSc (Hons) Building. It was during this time that he gained experience working with housing developers in the South West of England.

Upon graduating, he 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 he considered how he could have more of an impact on the construction sector and the challenges it faces. This led to undertaking his PhD on the topic of Understanding Diffusions of Innovation at the University of Reading, followed by a research fellowship and then a lectureship, before becoming the Director of the PhD Programme.

Graeme has secured research funding for a number of research projects and published more than 25 original research articles.

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.

Academic qualifications

  • 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.

Professional bodies/affiliations

Since 2017 Graeme has held a key role with the International Council for Research & Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) as coordinator of the 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. 

Graeme has an Honorary position with RMIT University as a Visiting Professor in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management within the College of Design and Social Context (December 2020 - November 2023).

Selected publications

Larsen, G. D. (2020) How will exoskeletons change construction? Construction Manager. Sept. 42-43.

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.