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Dr Philippa Boyd

Portrait of Dr Philippa Boyd, Lecturer in Cosntruction Technology at the University of Reading
  • Lead on review of Technical Stream SCEME: curriculum design to inform future direction
  • Member of Athena Swan Review panel and Diversity and Inclusivity Self-Assessment Team
  • Module Convenor for Building Technology (Commercial Buildings) (CE2CBT1)
  • Construction Lead for Real Estate and Planning module Introduction to Planning and Buildings (RE1IPB).

Areas of interest

My research interests span a number of areas, including the study of the uptake of innovative sustainable technologies in construction projects, exploring how to operationalise the benefits of sustainable technology, and understanding the impact of new technologies on the status quo.

The focus of my work is understanding the interrelationships between different disciplines within construction projects and exploring how these come together, or not, in the adoption of new technologies to deliver the promised benefits in terms of sustainability.

This work has been incorporated in the Building Research Establishment (BRE) information paper on the specification and use of building integrated photovoltaic technology on buildings (2018).

I have an ongoing interest in the development of group teaching and learning pedagogy, and the broadening of diversity in science and technology.

Research activity:

  • the impact of sustainable technology in construction

  • diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) recruitment

  • barriers and challenges in the adoption of autonomous vehicles

  • sustainable transition.


I lecture to undergraduates and postgraduates in all aspects of construction technology for commercial buildings, on the following degree courses:

  • MSc Project Management
  • MSc Construction Management
  • MSc Construction Cost Management
  • MSc Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
  • BSc Quantity Surveying
  • BSc Building Surveying
  • BSc Construction Management
  • BSc Construction Management Surveying.

I lecture on the following postgraduate modules:

  • Construction Cost Engineering (CEM238)
  • Research Skills (CEM10A)
  • Urban Energy Systems (CEM233).

I lecture on the following undergraduate modules:

  • Projects (CE2PR)
  • Green innovation in Construction (CE3GIC)
  • Empirical Studies (CE1CES).

Research centres and groups

Academic networks:

  • Sustainable Transitions Research Network (STRN)
  • Community of West Africa Built Environment Research.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Mechanical Engineering
  • MSc Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
  • PhD Sustainable Technology in Construction

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), 1986
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), 2018
  • European Engineer (FEANI),1996
  • Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), 2019
  • Member of Institute of Builders (MCIOB), 2019
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2018
  • Chair of Professional Review Interviews, Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Independent mentor, IMechE.