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John Connaughton

Portrait of Professor John Connaughton, Professor of Sustainable Systems in the Built Environment

Professor of Sustainable Construction



Building location

Chancellor’s Building

Areas of interest

John’s research interests span a number of areas, including:

  • Improving interdisciplinary collaboration in the construction process, including the development of new forms of project insurance that support more collaborative working in project teams
  • The changing nature of the construction professions, including the growth, diversification and performance of construction professional services firms
  • Energy use in buildings
  • Embodied carbon assessment in buildings, including life cycle assessment

Postgraduate supervision

  • Mary Kaaria: The influence of changing work practices on office design
  • Nicholas Smales: Trust emergence and evolution in strategic partnering arrangements with a local authority client
  • Kashif Aziz: The contested nature of professionalism in the built environment – performative narratives and anecdotal stories
  • Kingford Mkandawire: Managing the interfaces between offsite and on-site construction
  • Mary Pothitou: Small power use and working practices in office buildings
  • Mir Talpur: An investigation into collaboration in building design with a focus on the processes for achieving BREEAM ratings
  • Michael Medas: Resource efficiency in building services
  • Stephen Richardson: Embodied carbon assessment and decision making under uncertainty
  • Ankit Singh: Corporate Social Responsibility in construction firms operating in the UK



  • CEM228 – Construction Economics (MSc)
  • CEM230 – Design Management (MSc)

Contributing to:

  • CEM10/18/19B – Dissertation Supervision (MSc)
  • CEM220 – Urban Sustainability (MSc)
  • REMF51 – Understanding construction procurement and project delivery (MSc)
  • CE3CCD – Dissertation Supervision (UG)

Research projects


Professor John Connaughton has over 40 years' experience in the construction sector.  Prior to joining the University in 2012 he was a Partner in Davis Langdon, one of the world’s largest construction cost and project management businesses where he worked for over 27 years.  In the area of sustainable construction John has particular expertise in material resource efficiency, life-cycle carbon reduction and energy use in buildings.  He also has interests in collaboration in design and construction, construction procurement and the management of the design process.  John was Chair of the Executive Board of the UK Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) from 2014 to 2021. 

Academic qualifications

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

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS, 1983)
  • Chartered Environmentalist. (CEnv, 2007)


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