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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Advanced HE (Formerly Higher Education Academy)

… → 19 Jul 2007

Award Date: 19 Jul 2007

University of Northumbria

… → 23 Nov 2006

Award Date: 23 Nov 2006

Heriot-Watt University

… → 13 Jul 2005

Award Date: 13 Jul 2005

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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Research Output

Heritage adaptation beyond the technical: conflicts and compromise between social, environmental and economic sustainability

Lou, E. C. W., Chan, P. W. & Hamzah, N., 2020, In : International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. 38, 2, p. 257-261 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientific

Revisiting basics: theoretically-grounded interesting research that addresses challenges that matter

Chan, P., 2020, In : Construction Management and Economics. 38, 1, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientific

  • Social value for whom, by whom and when? Managing stakeholder dynamics in a UK megaproject

    Mulholland, C., Chan, P., Canning, K. & Ejohwomu, O., 2020, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law. 173, 2, p. 75-86 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • The logic of the research article: A critical guide on reading science more effectively

    Chan, P. W. C., 2020, Inzicht: Academische vaardigheden voor bouwkundigen 2020-2021_Q1. Hoekstra, M., Lousberg, L., Rooij, R., Wilms Floet, W. & Zijlstra, S. (eds.). Delft University of Technology, p. 127-137 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeChapterScientific

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Spatial-temporal dynamics of social value: Lessons learnt from two UK nuclear decommissioning case studies

    Mulholland, C., Ejohwomu, O. & Chan, P., 2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 237, 12 p., 117677.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Editorial activity

    International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation (Journal)

    Paul Chan (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity