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Dr Joseph Kangwa
BSc(Hons), PGCHE, PhD

Senior Lecturer
j.kangwa@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Dr Joseph Kangwa

Background

My 10 years and more of work experience begun in 1988 working for a medium sized developer as an assistant site manager, then site manager before quickly rising to Project (Development) Manager for Wenric Development Company. During this period I gained experience of completing both Civil Engineering and Building projects in Africa, and the UK, leading to my post graduate study and research with the University of Bolton. While with University of Bolton, I successfully elicited research funding from the Single Regeneration Budget for my PhD. This led to collaborative work on community-led housing initiatives with three social landlords: Manchester City, Bury, & Bolton councils.

I am currently co-supervising a PhD student at University of Bolton and also working on a CKE funded project. The CKE project is looking into ways of fostering collaborative networks in building refurbishment between industry practitioners and Leeds Met.

Research Interests

Building Refurbishment and Conservation
Building Pathology
Effect of macro-physical housing regeneration programmes on housing quality
Skill training, impact of knowledge of building form on project management of refurbishment projects.
Dynamics of perceived – antithetical - variables to successful management of building refurbishment projects.
I also have a growing interest in the use of agrowaste products as building materials from developing nations.

Teaching Interests

Construction management and Technology
Building pathology/structural deterioration
Generic project management skills for Building Refurbishment and Conservation
Housing regeneration, repair & maintenance strategies

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

Olubodun, F. and Kangwa, J. (1997) ‘A strategy for effective material control on house building sites. A case study’. RICS Research, COBRA, University of Portsmouth, 1997, London [refereed].
URL Article Links: http://www.rics.org/RICSWEB/getpage.aspx?p=HjiQUFrtfUmnAiuSL6Z0pA

Kangwa, J and Olubodun, F (1999) The jigsaw puzzle of housing disrepair in the owner-occupied sector: Searching for the missing piece. RICS Research. London: RICS Cutting Edge Conference. [refereed].
URL Article Links: http://www.rics.org/RICSWEB/getpage.aspx?p=ZyNopvKfeUOaNa9b7eAfoQ

Kangwa, J, and Olubodun, F. (2003) Housing maintenance requirements in Radcliffe Renewal Area. A funded research report submitted to Bury Metropolitan Borough, July 2003.

Kangwa, J, and Olubodun, F. (2003) Home Maintenance Information Network: Bolton Institute CD-ROM Data templates for Radcliffe Renewal Area for a funded Housing Research submitted to Bury Metropolitan Borough, Nov 2003.

Kangwa, J and Olubodun, F (2003a) An investigation into home owner maintenance awareness, management and skill-knowledge enhancing attributes. Structural Survey, 21(2), 70-8. [refereed].
URL Article Link: http://caliban.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/02630800310479061

Kangwa, J and Olubodun, F (2003b) A factor approach to analysis of home maintenance outcomes and attributes of management successes in the owner-occupied sector. Structural Survey, 21(4), 158-172. [refereed].
URL Article Link: http://caliban.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/02630800310507168

Kangwa, J and Olubodun, F (2004a) Modelling of owner-occupiers' perception of small-scale maintenance builders-Part I. Structural Survey, 22(4), 194-200. [refereed]
URL Article Link: http://caliban.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/02630800410563732

Kangwa, J and Olubodun, F (2004b) Modelling of owner-occupiers' perception of small-scale maintenance builders-Part II. Structural Survey, 22(4), 264-270. [refereed].
URL Article Link: http://caliban.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/02630800410571580

Kangwa, J (2004) An interfacing and integrated maintenance decision model: A perspective of owner-occupier housing regeneration and repair in the North-West of England, Unpublished PhD Thesis, Department of Built Environment, The University of Bolton.

Kangwa, J, and Olubodun, F. (2005) " Best-value’ beyond the social housing sector: instruments for the sustainability of owner-occupier housing quality and maintenance standards in the UK”. RICS Research, COBRA, Queensland University of Technology, 4th to 8th July 2005, Brisbane, Australia. [refereed].
URL Article Link: http://www.rics.org/NR/rdonlyres/E656B2F8-0C40-4758-B368-4A13A35AAF1C/0/Best_value_beyond_social_sector20051124.pdf

Kangwa, J, and Olubodun, F. (2006) Triggernomic Repair Process Analysis (TRAP): a methodology for better diagnosis of housing defects in the owner-occupier sector. Structural Survey, 24(2), pp 127-137. Research paper [refereed].

Kangwa, J, and Olubodun, F. (2006) The impact of owner-occupiers’ prior knowledge of house defects on follow-on repair strategies and maintenance quality expectations: A UK’s urban renewal experience. ICIDEN Abuja 2006 - International Conference on Infrastructure Development and the Environment, Sheraton-Abuja, Nigeria 10th to 15th September 2006. CD-ROM -Full paper ID147, 1-18.

Olubodun, F., Kangwa, J, and Higham, A. (2006) An evaluation of alternative strategies for dealing with areas of low demand under the sustainable communities’ initiatives – a tale of two communities. ICIDEN Abuja 2006 - International Conference on Infrastructure Development and the Environment, Sheraton-Abuja, Nigeria 10th to 15th September 2006. CD-ROM -Full paper Full paper ID1487, 1-28.

Kangwa, J and Olubodun F (2007) Improvement-led home maintenance strategies and quality expectations: the significance of owner-occupiers' prior knowledge of house defects on upkeep decisions. Structural Survey, 25 (1), pp 39-50 [refereed].

Kangwa, J and Olubodun F (2007) Value-maximiser' thesis: a case for more sustainable home improvement practices under sustainable housing communities and renewal programmes in the UK. ERETEP Environment Research, Technology and Policy, Acra Ghana, 10th to 19th July, 2007.

Inprint for 2008
Kangwa, J; Olubodun, F; and Nelson, M (2008) Logistical constraints negating the successful completion of live City-Centre Building Refurbishment Projects: A case for management skills probity. COBRA 2008, Dublin Sept 2008.

Kangwa, J; Olubodun, F; and Nelson, M (2008) Perceived antithetic variables to the success of City-Centre Building Refurbishment Projects: A case for skill-knowledge project management probity. Structural Survey.

Kangwa, J and Olubodun, F (2008) Impact of training background on familiarity of building form and risk avoidance techniques among project managers involved in City-Centre Building Refurbishment Projects. Structural Survey.