Niraj Thurairajah

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Niraj Thurairajah is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. He currently teaches on our MSc Construction Project Management course, as well as BSc (Hons) courses in Architectural TechnologyBuilding SurveyingConstruction ManagementQuantity Surveying and Real Estate. Current research interests involve Construction Innovation and Building Information Modeling along with capacity building for disaster mitigation. During his time with the University, he has made more than 30 peer reviewed publications and managed several research engagement projects, such as OBREE, ACBEE, ExcelDL and more.

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Area of expertise:

  • Construction project management
  • Building information modelling
  • Construction economics
  • Pre and post contract procedures
  • Project estimating
  • Measurement
  • Design procedures
  • Contract procedures
  • Technology enhanced teaching and learning


Niraj started his academic career in 2002 at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. While conducting lectures, mainly in the areas of quantity surveying, project management and construction management, he worked part-time as a consultant quantity surveyor undertaking pre and post-quantity surveying work. In 2004, he joined the University of Salford on a scholarship to read his PhD.

Joining Birmingham City University in 2007, he took a research fellow post at the UK Higher Education Academy’s Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) and was then promoted to an academic coordinator position.