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Evidence-based Learning and Research for Professional Excellence in the Built Environment (https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/evidence-based-learning-and-research-for-professional-excellence-in-the-built-environment/?p134568).
The Theory and Praxis of Digital Construction (https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/subjects/architecture/digitalconstruction/)

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Personal Statement

Dr Zhen Chen, known as George, is the Lecturer in Construction Management, Academic Leader (2018–) of Digital Construction research cluster, Course Director (2020–2023) for MSc Advanced Construction Technologies and BIM, and Convener (2019–2023) of the Departmental Research Ethics Committee in Architecture Department at Strathclyde.

George has enduring specialty interest in construction engineering and management and has professional experiences to serve at companies, organisations and universities around the world. He has developed expertise in engineering and management for the design, construction and operation of the built environment with regard to constructability, dependability and sustainability. Along the way of his journey, the momentum from his family and friends is enormous.

George has engaged in more than 80 funded research projects, and made contributions to over 300 academic publications, and over 100 plenary lectures and presentations at national and international events. His books “Megaproject Risk Analysis & Simulation: A Dynamic Systems Approach” (2017), “Multicriteria Decision-Making for the Sustainable Built Environment” (2007), “Environmental Management in Construction: A Quantitative Approach” (2006), and “Intelligent Methods for Construction” (1997) are collected at national libraries in China, UK and USA.

George was an EPSRC funded Senior Research Fellow (2005–2007) for IDCOP (Innovation in Design, Construction and Operation of Building for People) project and CMIPS (Co-ordinated Management of Intelligent Pervasive Spaces) project at the University of Reading. He was a Royal Society funded Visiting Scholar (2011) to ETH Zurich. He was the Management Committee member (2011–2015) of EU COST Action on the Effective Design and Delivery of Megaprojects in the European Union, and the Founder & Leader (2012–2016) of Megaproject Management research group for the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) at Heriot-Watt University. He serves on technical committees at ADS, ASCE, BSI, CEN, CIBSE, ISO, and TRB. He is the Specialty Chief Editor in Construction Management at Frontiers in Built Environment (Journal Impact Factor 2023: 3.0).

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Construction Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Bachelor of Engineering, BEng Architectural Engineering, Qingdao University of Technology

Master of Engineering, MEng Civil Engineering, Tongji University


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