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Professor John Connaughton

Portrait of Professor John Connaughton, Professor of Sustainable Systems in the Built Environment
  • Professor of Sustainable Construction
  • Module Convenor, Construction Economics (CEM228) and Designment (CEM230)
  • School Director of Enterprise
  • Lecturer

Areas of interest

My research interests span a number of areas, including improving interdisciplinary collaboration in the construction process; the changing nature of the construction professions; and energy use in buildings.

The focus of my work on collaboration is currently on the development of new forms of project insurance that support more collaborative endeavour among project teams.

On the development of the construction professions, I have an ongoing interest in the growth, diversification and performance of construction professional services firms.

In the area of energy use in buildings, I am currently focusing in particular on developing an improved understanding, using social practice theory, of the design and use of office buildings in terms of their energy performance.


Lecturing across 11 modules, including the following postgraduate taught modules:

  • Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice (CEM104)
  • Urban Sustainability (CEM220)
  • Construction Cost Engineering (CEM238)
  • Strategic Management (CEM302)
  • Sustainable Design, Construction and Operation (CEM303)
  • Life-Cycle Assessment (CEM319).

And including the following undergraduate modules:

  • Principles of Management (CE1CMP)
  • Construction Procurement (CE2CPT)
  • Sustainability (CE3CS1)
  • Industry and Practice: the Business Context of Architecture (AA1IPI).

And a further four modules for Henley Business School and real estate and planning.

Academic qualifications

  • Diploma in Construction Economics, 1979, Bolton St College of Technology, Dublin (now the Dublin Institute of Technology)
  • BSc (Hons) Surveying, 1979, Trinity College, Dublin
  • PhD, 1993, University of Greenwich
  • Honorary PhD, 2005, Dublin Institute of Technology.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Chairman, Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA)
  • Member, the EPSRC Peer Review Associate College
  • Reviewer, Construction Management and Economics

  • Reviewer, Journal of Cleaner Production

  • Reviewer, Journal on Construction Engineering and Management.

  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), 1983,

  • Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), 2007

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), 2007.