13th International

Postgraduate Research Conference


14th / 15th September 2017

RegisterConference Programme

The School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford is pleased to announce the 13th internationally renowned peer-reviewed conference dedicated to postgraduate research in the built environment. All postgraduate researchers, nationally and internationally, are invited to participate at this conference. The conference offers an important opportunity for researchers to gain an insight into state-of-the-art international research in their field. Led by key academics, there will be opportunities to enhance and develop research skills, to network and exchange research ideas in a supportive environment. The conference will provide a forum for novel discussions into the development and application of new and emerging practices to challenge current design and construction practice in the areas of people, process and technology issues.

Venue: International Postgraduate Conference (IPGRC) 2017 will take place on 14th and 15th September (as part of International Research Week taking place from 11th to 15th September) in the New Adelphi Building at the University of Salford- a new landmark building that is the focus for arts and media on the University campus. University is situated only minutes away from the bustling city centre of Manchester.

Abstracts and research papers are encouraged, but not limited to, the following conference themes:
Business, Economics and Finance: Building Economics; Construction Economics; Investment and Financial Management; Life Cycle Costing; Marketing in the Built Environment; PPP and Procurement; Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

Property and Project Management: Built Environment Law; Construction Process and Management; Facilities Management; Health and Safety; Property Law; Knowledge Management; Real Estate and Property Management; Risk Management; Supply Chain Management

ICT, Technology and Engineering: Application of Engineering in the Built Environment (including Acoustics, Transport and Infrastructure); Building Information Modelling; Building Services; Information Systems and IT Applications; Visualisation Techniques; Technology Transfer

People, Skills and Education: Education, Pedagogy and Research Methodology in the Built Environment; E-Government; E-Learning; E-Readiness; Human Resources and Productivity; Organisational Management and Learning; Research Methodology

Design and Urban Development: Accessibility and Inclusive Design; Architectural Design; Collaborative Design; Development and Archaeology; Digital Design; Housing and Planning; Town and Country Planning; Urban Regeneration

Sustainability and Environmental Systems: Carbon and Hydrogen Economies; Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction; Energy; Environmental Studies; Glaciology and Sedimentology; Landscape and Wildlife Ecology; Remote Sensing; Sustainable Development and Materials

Click here to submit your Abstract/ Paper.

Conference Organising Committee

Prof Les Ruddock, University of Salford, UK
Dr Chaminda Pathirage, University of Salford, UK
Dr Claudia Trillo, University of Salford, UK
Dr Udayangani Kulatunga, University of Salford, UK
Dr Yingchun Ji, University of Salford, UK
Dr Chika Udeaja, University of Salford, UK
Dr Rod Gameson, University of Salford, UK

International Scientific Review Committee

Dr Sura Al-Maiyah, University of Salford, UK
Prof Rafid Alkhaddar, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Dr Belqais Allali, University of Tripoli, Libya
Dr Solomon Babatunde, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Dr BinguIngirige, University of Huddersfield,UK
Dr Nico Calavita, San Diego State University, USA
Prof Albert Chan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Dr Jiangtao Du, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Mr Damilola Ekundayo, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Prof Fidelis Emuze, Central University of Technology, South Africa,
Dr Peter Farrell, University of Bolton, UK
Dr Rod Gameson, University of Salford, UK
Prof Bob Giddings, Northumbria University, UK
Dr Anthony Higham, University of Salford, UK
Dr Yingchun Ji, University of Salford, UK
Dr Ivan Korolija, University College London, UK
Dr Kaushal Keraminiyage, University of Huddersfield, UK
Dr Udayangani Kulatunga, University of Salford, UK
Dr Champika Liyanage, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Dr Patrick Manu, University of West of England, UK
Dr Amanda Marshall-Ponting, University of Salford, UK
Dr Athina Moustaka, University of Salford, UK
Prof Bruno Monardo, University of Rome, Italy
Dr Temitope Omotayo, Robert Gordon University, UK
Dr Alex Opoku, University College London, UK
Dr James Parker, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Dr Chaminda Pathirage, University of Salford, UK
Prof Srinath Perera, Western Sydney University, Australia
Dr Rameez Rameezdeen, University of South Australia, Australia
Prof Herbert Robinson, London South Bank University, UK
Dr Yasangika Sandanayake, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Dr Stefan Smith, University of Reading, UK
Dr Noralfish Sulaiman, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia
Dr Menaha Thayaparan, London South Bank University, UK
Dr Niraj Thurairajah, Birmingham City University, UK
Dr Mohammad Trakhtravanchi, University of Salford, UK
Dr Chika Udeaja, University of Salford, UK
Dr Gayan Wedawatta, Aston University, UK
Dr Tong Yang, Middlesex University London, UK

  • Abstract submission deadline: 28th February 2017
  • Abstract acceptance notification: 7th March 2017
  • Full papers’ submission deadline: 21st April 2017
  • Paper review notification: 15th May 2017
  • Final papers’ deadline: 5th June 2017


Abstracts (maximum of 300 words) should be submitted online via EasyChair where you will also require to select your thematic track. Abstracts will be sent to referees and the authors of the abstracts that pass the peer-review will be invited to submit full research papers.

Final full paper submission instructions


Manuscripts should not exceed 12 pages (including the Reference list). They should be organised in the following order:
Names of authors, affiliation and e-mail address (of the first author)
Abstract (200 words maximum)
Keywords (5 keywords maximum)
Main text (introduction/ background, literature, methodology, results and discussion) – tables and figures should be included in the text

Paper size: The paper should be A4 size.
Paper margins: Margins should be 1 inch (2.54cm) all round
Font type and sizes: Font should be in Times New Roman. Font size for the title must be 14pt; font size of the abstract and keywords must be 10pt; Font size of all first line headings should be 12pt; the remaining text of the main body of the paper should be 12 point; font size of the list of references should be 10pt.
Title of the paper: The title of the paper must be bold in ALL CAPITALS and centred. Leave one blank line between the title and the author.
Author’s name/s: The author’s name/s (no titles or qualifications included) in leading capitals, sentence case, bold and centred. Leave 6pt line spacing between author’s name/s and the affiliation and between affiliation and e-mail address.
Author’s affiliation: The author’s affiliation must be in title case, italics and centred.
Author’s e-mail address: Only the e-mail address of the first author should be provided. It should be in sentence case and centred. Leave two single spaces between (10pt) the e-mail address and the abstract.
Abstract: The abstract must be justified. The indentation from both left and right should be 0.49” (inches). Leave a single space (10pt) between the abstract and the keywords.
Key words: The key words should being on a new line. It should be alphabetically arranged. Leave two single spaces between the keywords and the main text of the paper.

Also include this at the bottom and upload attached word file.

This includes a conference pack, conference attendance in all two days including lunch and refreshments, and conference dinner on 14th September.

For registration options and fees, please click here

There will be two workshops organised as part of this postgraduate conference. One is the 2nd International Workshop organised by Horizon 2020 project called MAPS LED and other is the Doctoral Workshop sponsored by ARCOM. Please click here to find more details about these workshops.


A number of awards will be presented including:

  • ThinkLab: Best paper award on research and innovation
  • CIB Best paper award on property and project management research
  • CIB: Best presentation
  • Construct IT Best paper
  • EMERALD : Best paper award on research methodology
  • EMERALD : Best paper award on sustainability and environmental research
  • Dean of School Prize, best paper award for built environment research
  • Dean of School Prize for best poster presentation
  • Dean of Research award for best paper




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