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Dr Niraj Thurairajah

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Niraj is an Associate Professor in Built Environment and leads the Construction, Process and Management research group at Northumbria University. Niraj’s research interests cover people and process related aspects of the built environment including how organisations and people work in the context of technological innovation, disaster resilience, education and skills development.

He has previously led the Digital Construction centre at Birmingham City University and managed the MSc in Building Information Modelling and Management programme. He has worked with a number of companies including Willmott Dixon, Ministry of Justice, Building Alliance, Wienerberger, KPMG, AHR Global Architects, Associated Architects, Cundall, Costain, NG Bailey, Mott MacDonald, Rider Levett Bucknall, Thomas Vale and ACIVICO. Between 2007-11, as an academic coordinator at the UK Higher Education Academy’s Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) he has led several accelerating change initiatives to foster collaboration and dialogue between industry, higher education and professional bodies.

He has made more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, coordinated various conferences, involved extensively in research bidding and managed several research and employer engagement projects such as ORBEE, ACBEE, ExcelDL, ISLAND I & II, CKE and H2B innovation grants.

Niraj Thurairajah

Campus Address

Room 108
Sutherland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Niraj is an Associate Professor in Built Environment and leads the Construction, Process and Management research group at Northumbria University. Niraj’s research interests cover people and process related aspects of the built environment including how organisations and people work in the context of technological innovation, disaster resilience and education. He has previously led the Digital Construction centre at BCU and managed the MSc in BIM and Management programme. His research interests are:  

  • Construction Project Management – Niraj’s main focus is on cost management aspects of projects. He is an ARCOM committee member and interested in construction management research covering procurement routes including integrated project insurance, Modern Method of Construction and offsite manufacturing, cultural and leadership challenges in projects and supply chain management.
  • Digital construction – Niraj explores the wider impact of digitalisation on the built environment and focuses on people and process related aspects of Building Information Modelling. He has worked with clients, consultants, contractors and manufacturers in various digital initiatives. His current digital transformation interest is on housing, infrastructure and asset management areas.
  • Disaster resilience – His current research focuses on socio-technical aspects of disaster resilience, mainly on disaster resilience using information modelling and stakeholder management. He has contributed to RICS funded disaster resilience projects that focused on developing knowledge management capacity for disaster management in the built environment.
  • Built Environment Education: He was an Academic Coordinator in the UK Higher Education Academy’s Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) between 2008 and 2011. He managed and contributed to various accelerating change agenda initiatives to foster collaboration and dialogue between industry, higher education and professional bodies.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • An investigation of the conflict management strategies in international construction joint ventures of Sri Lanka, Thilakarathna, N., Rathnasinghe, A., Kulatunga, U., Thurairajah, N., Weerasinghe, L. 6 Sep 2022, In: Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction
  • Enhancing Property Resilience to Flood: Lessons Learned from the Recovery of Flooded Hospitality Premises, Adeniyi, O., Rathnasiri, P., Thurairajah, N., Ojo, L. 7 Sep 2022, Proceedings of the 38th Annual ARCOM Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
  • Investigating the impact of bio-inspired façade design on indoor environment, Shashwat, S., Zingre, K., Thurairajah, N. 20 Jun 2022, In: Proceedings of International Structural Engineering and Construction
  • Lean Integrated Project Delivery for Construction Procurement: The Case of Sri Lanka, Hettiaarachchige, N., Rathnasinghe, A., Ranadewa, K., Thurairajah, N. 21 Apr 2022, In: Buildings
  • Remote working in construction: Assessing the affordance of digitisation, Mokhtar Azizi, Z., Cochrane, J., Thurairajah, N., Mokhtar Azizi, N. 8 Aug 2022, In: Built Environment Project and Asset Management
  • Rethinking digital construction: a study of BIM uptake capability in BIM infant construction industries, Adeniyi, O., Thurairajah, N., Leo-Olagbaye, F. 11 Oct 2022, In: Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
  • The Impact of Professionals’ Knowledge on Innovation Adoption in the Construction Industry: A Critical Literature Review, Weerapperuma, U., Jayasena, S., Rathnasinghe, A., Thurairajah, N. 24 Jun 2022, Proceedings of the 10th world construction symposium 2022, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Ceylon Institute of Builders
  • The Toxic Triangle of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Housebuilding: A Review of the UK Housing Industry's Dilemma, Thurairajah, N., Rathnasinghe, A., Brough, J., Jayathilaka, N. 5 Sep 2022, Proceedings of the 38th Annual ARCOM Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
  • Uncertainties in whole-building life cycle assessment: A systematic review, Feng, H., Zhao, J., Zhang, H., Zhu, S., Li, D., Thurairajah, N. 1 Jun 2022, In: Journal of Building Engineering
  • Unpacking the context of Value for Money assessment in global markets: a procurement option framework for Public Private Partnerships, Zhao, J., Thurairajah, N., Greenwood, D., Liu, H., Yuan, J. 19 May 2022, In: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: The 38th Annual ARCOM Conference 2022: Build Back Wiser 2022
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: ARCOM Doctoral Workshop in Association with CIB Working Commission on Disasters and the Built Environment (W120) 2019
  • Other: Failure and learning in UK project-based organisations: A cross-sector examination of actor approaches, intentions, and behaviours 2018

  • Vasil Atanasov Reduction of Transaction Costs in Construction Projects: a conceptual model for an Automated Delay Analysis System. Start Date: 10/08/2021 End Date: 20/09/2021
  • Akila Rathnasinghe An Integrated Whole-life Solution for Modular Housing in the United Kingdom Start Date: 01/06/2021
  • Nigamuni Geeth Anshumal Mendis Jayathilaka A Blockchain-based Embodied Carbon Data Management System for Building sector in the United Kingdom Start Date: 01/05/2021
  • Jianfeng Zhao Rethinking Value for Money in Public Private Partnerships: A critique, analysis, and model for transport infrastructure projects Start Date: 18/12/2020
  • Henry John Hussey Establishing criteria for descriptions of building work which include practicality and intricacy Start Date: 16/07/2018


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