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David Proverbs

David Proverbs

Associate Dean (International)

0121 331 7570

David Proverbs, BSc (Hons), PG Cert Ed, PhD, MBA, FHEA, FCIOB, FRICS, is Professor of Construction Management and Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment at Birmingham City University.

David worked for 10 years in the construction sector as a Project Manager before joining academia as a Research Assistant in 1994. He has led large built environment schools at two modern universities and was Chair of the Council of Heads of the Built Environment between 2012-2016. David is now responsible for establishing and growing a high quality international portfolio of provision across the various disciplines in the Faculty.

David is an internationally renowned expert in flood risk management and pioneered the development of flood recovery in the UK. He has gained research funding from organisations including the British Council, DEFRA, EPSRC, NERC, RICS and World Bank. He has published extensively on topics linked to flood damage, flood adaptation and resilience. David is a confident and adept communicator and has given many key note presentations, guest lectures and undertaken various media activities. David has excellent leadership skills, having led many teams, supervised numerous funded projects and provided mentoring to colleagues and students he has supported.

David has published well over 200 refereed conference papers and journal papers, numerous consultancy reports and several leading text books on flood risk management. He is co-editor to the International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, a member of the RICS UK Education Standards Board and a Trustee to the RICS Research Trust.

Career history

2017 - ongoing: Visiting Professor, Laboratory of Geoprocessing (GeoLab), Santa Catarina State University (UDESC), Sao Paulo, Brazil

2014 - ongoing: Visiting Professor, Centre for Flooding, Communities and Resilience, University of the West of England

2014 - ongoing: Associate Dean (International), Birmingham City University, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

2013 - 2014: Co-Director, Centre for Flooding Communities and Resilience, University of the West of England

2011 - 2014: Professor and Head, Architecture and the Built Environment Department, University of the West of England

2004 - 2010: Professor and Head, Construction and Infrastructure Department, University of Wolverhampton

1994 – 2004: Research, Teaching and Management Posts, University of Wolverhampton

1984 - 1994: Construction Project Management, Linford Building and Balfour Beatty

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