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Dr Shu-Ling Lu

Shu Ling Lu profile picture
  • Director of the MSc Project Management Programme
  • Member of Senate.


Room 128

Building location

Chancellor's Building

Areas of interest

  • Innovation management in construction
  • Quality management in construction
  • Transition management to net zero built environments
  • Heritage buildings
  • Academia-industry engagement
  • Gender issues in construction

Postgraduate supervision

Xiaoxiao Lyu (current) - What does infrastructure mean? A kaleidoscope of perspectives in contradictory accord?

Sandy Jarrouje (current) - Entrench intransigence or emancipate enlightenment? Building after conflict. A Syrian tale

Anna E. Piña (current) - Women owner-managers of small construction firms: a social identity approach

Dr Hua Wang (2022) - Transferring practices over large institutional distances: the case of a Chinese construction firm

Dr Tony Hopkin (2018) - Investigation and analysis of new housing defects during initial ten years after occupation

Dr Whitney Bevan (2016) - An investigation of the required skills for the development and the implementation of low and zero carbon buildings within a region

Dr Khurram Khan (2016) - Management of information complexity using system dynamics for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on construction projects

Dr Hatim Fahri (2016) - Public participation in NHS construction projects      



CE3GIC Green innovation in construction (UG)

CEM103/13A/13B Project management: principles and practice (PG)

CEM217 Construction sector transition (PG)

Contributing to:

CE3CCD Dissertation Supervision (UG)

CEM10B Dissertation Supervision (PG)

Research projects

  • Co-investigator, November 2018 – June 2022. Climate service for resilience to overheating risk in Colombo, Sri Lanka: a multi-scale mapping approach (COSMA) (NE/S005889/1). Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Collaborative project involving the University of Reading (lead organisation), Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. NERC award value £252,917.
  • UK Management Committee member, June 2015 – April 2019. Innovation in intelligent management of heritage buildings (TD1406). European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). Action involving 26 COST country institutions, including Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, FYR Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. COST award value €122,000 per annum.
  • Principal supervisor, August 2013 – July 2017. Investigation and analysis of new housing defects during initial ten years after occupation (EP/ G037787/1). Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE) Centre at the University of Reading and the National House-Building Council (NHBC) Foundation. EPSRC TSBE contribution value £72,760. NHBC contribution value £12,000.
  • Co-investigator, September 2010 – August 2012. Maximising the diffusion and impact of microgeneration technologies in new housing (EP/H051104/1). EPSRC. Collaborative project involving the University of Reading (lead organisation), National House Building Council Foundation, British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association, Home Builders Federation and EDF. EPSRC award value £186,700.
  • Project manager, August 2008 – July 2009. Demand-led LED lighting new product development for the retail sector. Construction Knowledge Exchange (CKE). Collaborative project involving seven industrial partners. CKE award value £42,000.


My interest in construction was kindled in me from an earlier age, being brought up in a family which runs a construction company in Taiwan. I have been fully engaged in the built environment field since 1992, either as a practitioner, a student or an academic. The professional practice experience I have gained has been in site engineering and quality management consultancy and training. My graduate and postgraduate qualifications are in a broad range of built environment disciplines, including architectural engineering, construction engineering and construction management.

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and Research, University of Salford (UoS), UK
  • PhD, UoS, UK
  • MSc Construction Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), Taiwan
  • BSc Construction Engineering, NTUST, Taiwan
  • Diploma in Architectural Engineering, National Lienho College of Technology and Commerce, Taiwan

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Full member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM)
  • Chartered Quality Management Engineer, Taiwan.
  • Member, the EPSRC Peer Review Associate College
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) – Reading Hub Committee and Member Engagement Committee (
  • Member of the British Standards Institution (BSI) committee QS/1/4 "Quality management in construction



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