PhD Title: In the Belief that a Quantifiable Link Exists between Organisational/Business and End User Value and the Built Environment, How can this be Measured and Benchmarked, and What Would be Required to Achieve this in the Modern Workplace?

University of Salford

The studentship is supported by the University of Salford and iSite.

Academic Supervisor: Professor Jason Underwood

Academic Co-Supervisor: Dr Mark Shelbourn

Industrial Supervisor: Graham Thwaites/Graham Perry

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

  • A fee waiver
  • A stipend of £16,298 p.a. for three and a half years
  • All bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: 6th December 2017

Interviews will be held on: 20th December 2017

The candidate must be in a position to register by January 2nd 2018


Since the mid-1930s, the UK construction industry has continued to be criticised for its poor performance, low productivity, inefficiencies, adversarial behaviours, silo-disciplinary mindset, and lowest-cost and short term focus, which has been reported through numerous government and industry reports, which have further provided recommendations for improvements to the industry, in particular, to deliver better whole life value. Through the launch of its Construction Strategy in May 2011, the UK Government formally committed to driving change through the digital transformation of the UK construction industry, with the primary driver being to address the issues of the UK deriving whole life value from centrally public procured Built Environment assets. In terms of better whole life value, this not only includes capital delivery, but also the operational management of built environment assets in delivering organisational/business value, and beyond to positively impact on social outcomes, e.g. end users. However, a key challenge towards deriving whole life value is determining the key aspects of the operational management of the physical built environment and the impact (in terms of value) during its operational use on business operations and end users of the physical built environment; in addition, establishing the link between them together with the formal metrics and methodology in order to benchmark and demonstrate the impact.

Our industrial collaborators - iSite - are award-winning experts in Big Data analytics that provide technology solutions for transforming analytics into Building Intelligence to drive down costs, increase value, and reduce risk of public and private property portfolios. iSite have developed a technology solution that would provide the basis for the storing and processing of a variety of Built Environment-related data. However, they would like to further enhance this by developing the ability to measure and evidence the value this can present to an organisation and their end users. Therefore, there is a need for an empirical study that provides the research rigour, for developing an assessment methodology together with demonstrating the impact of the operational management of the Built Environment on organisational/business and end user value.

The aim of this ICASE is to explore establishing a quantifiable link between organisational/business and end user value and the operational management of the Built Environment towards developing a generic assessment methodology/technique for measuring and benchmarking the associated impact.


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Funding Eligibility:

This studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility. Please visit:

Enquiries: Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Jason Underwood by email:

Curriculum vitae and supporting statement explaining their interest should be sent to

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