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Paul W Chan joined the Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment at TU Delft in March 2019 as Professor of Design and Construction Management. Since his PhD study on construction labour productivity at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Paul has developed a track record in studying how people cope with organizational, social and technological change. He has managed a number of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded projects in this regard. Prior to joining TU Delft, Paul led the Management of Projects Research Group at The University of Manchester, which runs one of the world’s largest MSc Programs in the field. He is Editor of Construction Management and Economics, and was a Past Chair of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) from 2016-2018. He has authored/co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles. He also co-authored Constructing Futures (2010), a Wiley-Blackwell book on leadership and futures thinking in the construction industry.

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advanced HE (Formerly Higher Education Academy)

… → 19 Jul 2007

Award Date: 19 Jul 2007

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Learning, University of Northumbria

… → 23 Nov 2006

Award Date: 23 Nov 2006

PhD - An Interpretivistic Approach to Understand the Factors that Affect Construction Labour Productivity, Heriot-Watt University

… → 13 Jul 2005

Award Date: 13 Jul 2005

BSc (Hons) Construction Management with First Class Degree, Heriot-Watt University

… → 11 Jul 2000

Award Date: 11 Jul 2000

External positions

External Examiner, MSc Construction Cost Management, University of Reading

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2021

External Member - Revalidation of BSc (Hons) Project Management, MSc Project Management and MSc Strategic Project Management, Leeds Beckett University

… → 2 Apr 2019

External Examiner for Nina Koch-Ørvad's PhD Thesis - Innovation Processes in Sustainable Construction: Introducing the murmuration perspective, Technical University of Denmark

… → 11 Jun 2019


  • TH Building construction
  • Design Management
  • Construction Management
  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Development
  • Interorganisational Relations
  • Business Model Innovation


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