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Dr. Johan Ninan is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands. Previously, he was Post-Doctoral Fellow at University College London (UCL). He is a guest editor of the Project Management Journal (PMJ) and is part of the international editorial board of journals such as the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM). At TU Delft, he coordinates the 'Project Management: from Nano to Mega' multidisciplinary minor and is involved in the M.Sc. Construction Management and Engineering (CME) program. He is recognized with the PMI Young Researcher Award, the IPMA Global Research Award, the IPMA Global Young Researcher Award, and the APM Paper of the Year Award.

Research interests

Dr. Ninan's research primarily focuses on the transdisciplinary design of infrastructure with a key emphasis on engaging stakeholders from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to achieve societal impact. The areas of his study encompass stakeholder engagement, collaboration, innovation, resilience, safety, information and communication technology (ICT), and project organizing. He particularly emphasizes the significance of social media in infrastructure projects and utilizes online naturalistic data from an organizational power theoretical perspective.

He has conducted extensive studies on infrastructure megaprojects in various countries, including Australia, India, the UK, and the Netherlands. His research findings have been widely published in esteemed journals, such as Policy & Society, International Journal of Project Management, Project Management Journal, Construction Management and Economics, and Journal of Management in Engineering. Additionally, he contributes to the SAGE research methods collection titled "Doing Research Online" (DRO), and serves as the editor for the special collection on 'Novel Research Methodologies, Methods and Data in Project Studies.'

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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