Director of the Centre for Environment and Society Research
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David Boyd is Professor of Construction and Director of the Centre for Environment and Society Research, based at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. He teaches on the MSc Construction Project Management course.
David has a background in engineering, but is better known for his management insights of the industry. He has researched and designed solar heating schemes for housing estates, as well as developing a model of projects in the industry as complex adaptive sociotechnical systems. He has completed research on construction clients, which was then published as a book and adopted by the Construction Clients’ Group.
David joined the University in 1987, originally working as a Senior Lecturer at the Birmingham School of Architecture. Prior to this, he worked as a Research Fellow and assistant at the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) and Kingston Polytechnic (now Kingston University), respectively.
David is developing research into practice through the philosophy of expertise-in-context and is currently researching the challenges of connecting human and information perspectives in BIM.
Areas of Expertise
- Professional Skills
Member of Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers
Incorporated Member Chartered Institute of Building
Committee member, Birmingham Best Practice Club
Member, Construction Productivity Network
Member, Construction Clients Group
Advisor to Office of Government Commerce
Professor David Boyd’s research has strongly focused on numerous solar thermal heating projects including the group solar thermal project, Highlands Close in Islington which was funded by the EU. In addition, he has worked on further energy refurbishment projects including the massive operation involving 360 flats in North London.
Professor Boyd’s research interest incorporates the problems encountered in refurbishment, ways of managing obstacles and devising successful techniques for integrating new technologies into them. David Boyd is best known for his sociological and management perceptions within the construction industry and his major contribution has been to develop a model of projects as complex adaptive socio-technical systems for client and industry analysis. Work in this area has since developed with the extension of the concept of Knowledge Management with 10 construction SMEs in a DTI funded £211,000 research project. The project involved working on real and grounded events from practice in an action based research environment in the construction industry which subsequently evoked his interest the processes of learning and transferring knowledge.
David has worked on expertise-in-practice funded by the AHRC which looks at eliciting perceptual knowledge. David is a pioneer for the construction industry and has extensive contacts within many committees and networks in the fields of construction and sustainability.
Robson, A., Boyd, D., Thurairajah, N. (2016) Studying ‘cost as information’ to account for construction improvements, included in Construction Management and Economics
Boyd, D., Mayouf, M., Cox, S. (2016) Clients’ and Users’ Perceptions of BIM: A Study in Phenomenology, CIB World Building Congress, Tampere, Finland
Tochukwu, B., Boyd, D., Thurairajah, N. (2016) Developing SMEs as environmental businesses, included in Construction Innovation 16(1)
Talib, R., Boyd, D., Hayhow, S., Sulieman, M. (2015) Investigating Effective Waterproofing Materials in Preventing Roof Leaking; Initial Comparative Study: Malaysia, UK
Boyd, D., Thurairajah, N. (2015) Construction Education in the New Digital World
Mayouf, M., Cox, S., Boyd, D. (2015) Using Soft Systems to Explore the Complexity of Space Beyond Its Digital Representations, CONVR, Banff, Canada
Boyd, D., Thurairajah, N., Leonard, M. (2015) Housing – the digital revolution
Boyd, D. (2015) Is BIM Working?
Cidik M.S., Boyd, D. Thurairajah N and Hill S. (2014) ‘BIM and Conceptual Design Sustainability Analysis: An Information Categorization Framework’, Associated Schools of Construction Conference, Washington 26th – 28th March
Robson A., Boyd, D. and Thurairajah N. (2014) ‘UK Construction Supply Chain Attitudes to BIM’, Associated Schools of Construction Conference, Washington 26th – 28th March
Boyd, D. (ed.) (2013) BIM management and interoperability: papers from an ARCOM Doctoral Workshop, ARCOM/Birmingham City University
Boyd, D. (2013) ‘Exploring the problematical nature of building performance in BIM representations’, in Boyd, D. (ed.) (2013) BIM management and interoperability: papers from an ARCOM Doctoral Workshop, ARCOM/Birmingham City University (with M. Mayouf)
Boyd, D. (2013) ‘The BIM information needs for sustainability in conceptual design’, in Boyd, D. (ed.) (2013) BIM management and interoperability: papers from an ARCOM Doctoral Workshop, ARCOM/Birmingham City University (with M.S. Cıdık and N. Thurairajah)
Boyd, D. (2013) ‘Understanding the polarised perspectives in BIM enabled projects’, paper presented at the ARCOM Annual Conference, Reading (with M.S. Cıdık and N. Thurairajah)
Boyd, D. (2012) ‘Why don’t public clients aggregate their purchase of construction materials over all projects to save money?’, keynote address, International Congress on Construction Management Research, Montreal
Boyd, D. and Bentley, D. (2012) ‘A critique of conceptions of design and management in construction projects’, Construction Management and Economics vol. 30 no. 3 pp. 441-454
Boyd, D. and Xiao, H. (2010) ‘Learning from cross-cultural problems in international projects: a Chinese case’, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management vol. 17 no. 6 pp. 549-562
Boyd, D. and Xiao, H. (2010) ‘Understanding Chinese and British construction: a problem of metaphors’, in Egbu, C. (ed.), Proceedings of the 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2008 Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Leeds
Boyd, D., McCabe, S. and Powell, J. (2010) ‘Strategy in construction – a practice-based examination of technological evolution and market orientation in a UK house builder’, in proceedings of the COBRA 2010 Conference, Dauphine Université, Paris, RICS Foundation , London
Boyd, D. and Addis, M. (2010) ‘Philosophy in construction: understanding the development of expertise’, paper presented at the Associated Schools of Construction Conference, Boston, April
Knight, T. and Boyd, D. (2009) ‘Researching property development in “interesting times” ’, in Dainty, A. (ed.), Proceedings of the 25th Annual ARCOM Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Nottingham
Boyd, D. (2008) ‘Researcher attitudes and motivation’, in Knight, A. and Ruddock, L. (eds), Advanced Research Methods in the Built Environment Blackwell, Oxford.
Xiao, H. and Boyd, D. (2008) ‘Analysing cultural problems in international projects’, in Dainty, A. (ed.) Proceedings of the 24th Annual ARCOM Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Cardiff
Knight, T. and Boyd, D. (2008) ‘An investigation into how property developers use their social networks to drive development’, in Dainty, A. (ed.) Proceedings of the 24th Annual ARCOM Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Cardiff
Boyd, D. (2007) ‘Searching for a unified theory of property and construction’, in Proceedings of the First Symposium Towards a Theory of the Built Environment University of Salford, Salford
Boyd, D. and Chinyio, E. (2006) Understanding the construction client Blackwell, Oxford