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PhD research

We have a vibrant PhD research community which sits at the heart of our research activities. Regular development activities, supervision, mentoring and peer support provide an inspiring research environment which sets the foundation for successful careers in academia or industry after completion of the PhD.

Our PhD researchers are a divers group ranging from MSc graduates to senior professionals who are united by the desire to advance their own skills as well as the knowledge in the field of project management. The topics we supervise in the area of project management are across industries and disciplines ranging from construction to nuclear to fashion. Our work is grounded in social sciences, but frequently intersects with other disciplines such as engineering and we facilitate interdisciplinary supervision.

As a PGR at LCP, my journey has transcended academic learning, evolving into personal and professional growth. The mentorship from my supervisors has been invaluable, providing guidance that nurtures both my scholarly pursuits and individual well-being. LCP’s collaborative community and supportive environment have been instrumental in shaping my path forward. (Dan Yang, PhD researcher)

We encourage applications from individuals wishing to undertake a PhD in this area and are interested in discussing potential projects with applicants who would like to study with us. We welcome enquiries from individuals from underrepresented communities or with non-traditional backgrounds, e.g. senior professionals and offer full or part-time PhD opportunities.

We have high expectations of our postgraduate researchers and expect a strong academic track record, commitment and enthusiasm. General information about postgraduate research at the University can be found here.

Our supervisors

We welcome proposals in any area of project and construction management research, but at this time the topics outlined below are of particular interest:

  • Dr Mohammed Abdelmegid: Operational research, productivity improvement and lean production, construction digitalisation, knowledge management
  • Dr William Collinge: Health and safety, digitalisation, BIM
  • Dr Rodrigo Juarez: Project Management, Risk Management, Major and Megaprojects, Project Termination, Unfinished infrastructure
  • Dr Dicle Kortantamer: Leadership in projects, time-related issues in projects, value creation through projects
  • Dr Luca Sabini: Sustainability transitions in construction, waste management, sustainability in fashion, Responsible project management, conflict of interests over sustainability objectives, sustainability transitions
  • Dr Alex Torku: human-centric construction, infrastructure and urban management; age-friendly cities, communities and workplaces; smart sensing and wearable technologies; construction informatics; digitalisation
  • Prof Christine Unterhitzenberger: Project behaviour, organisational justice, project governance, sustainability

Our alumni

We have notable set of alumni who completed their PhD with us and we are delighted to still be working with many of them:

Dr Diletta Invernizzi, Project and Portfolio Manager at Jacobs, UK

Dr Benito Mignacca, Lecturer in Engineering Economics at the University of Cassino, Italy

Dr Jose Rodrigo Juarez Cornelio, Lecturer in Project Management at the University of Leeds, Leeds Centre for Projects, UK

Dr Tristano Sainati, Associate Professor in Project Management at BI Norwegian Business School, Norway

Get in touch

To make an informal enquiry about postgraduate research studies with the LCP please contact our Director Prof Christine Unterhitzenberger (