David Boyd

Director of the Centre for Environment and Society Research

School of Engineering and the Built Environment

Current activity:

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 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.

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Area of expertise:

  • Professional Skills
  • Environment


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. He 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.