YORhub sponsored researchers receiving Highly Commended awards in SEEDS International Conference
Ali Saad and Suhaib Arogundade are two doctoral researchers currently carrying out their PhDs at Leeds Beckett University, being sponsored by YORhub, to research contemporary concerns within the UK construction industry. A few months since the commencement of their studies, both researchers managed to shine in international conferences and compete at a global level, acquiring valuable recognition in their areas of study.
The SEEDS conference brings experts together from around the world focusing on a sustainability agenda and the positive and detrimental changes that are taking place. As well as addressing technical issues, measuring, monitoring and evaluating change, emphasis is placed on our environment, infrastructure and buildings; how they exist in relative isolation and the possibilities for a sustainable integration. Ali and Suhaib presented two separate papers and managed to get accreditation for their works, described as highly commended in the fields of Social Sustainability and Energy, and Building’s categories, outperforming over two hundred papers submitted.
Ali’s research aims to focus on investigating both business models, from contracting supply, procurement activities and public demand, to identifying barriers to Modern Methods of Construction as an innovative construction alternative. On the other hand, Suhaib is investigating the impact of performance management system such as Key Performance Indicators in influencing and driving contractors’ behaviour to accept and adopt carbon-reducing strategies while managing construction projects.
Ali and Suhaib continue their PhD journeys towards meeting their research objectives under the supervision of Professor Mohammed Dulaimi, with support from YORhub, to ensure both projects can contribute positively to the UK’s construction industry. Both researchers aim to provide an example of the benefits of the Academic-Professional collaboration between academia and the industry, and the significance of such collaborations in addressing understudied complexities.