CEBE research seminar

Monday 30 March 2015, 11 am start, Room MP402, Level 4, Millennium Point

Professor André Dorée

University of Twente

Project focus, asset anorexia and strategy myopia: struggles for profit and innovation in the construction industry

Abstract: For decades, construction has been treated as a ‘sick person’. Several reform initiatives have been rolled out to cure the patient. The effects of the treatments are mostly perceived to be short lived, rhetorical or disputed. André Dorée will make a case that most reform initiatives deal with the symptoms rather than the causes. They might spark some improvement, but after a while the industry seems to relapse again. The market dynamics are prevailing. Project based competition has a big impact on the fortune and fate of the construction industry. The underlying characteristics of production in construction and ruling competition paradigms – mostly overlooked – pull the industry and its actors to the natural state of project focus, asset anorexia and strategy myopia. Acknowledgement of the underlying characteristics and market dynamics could be the first step to improve the health, fortune and fate of the construction industry.

Bio:  André is professor of market & organization dynamics in construction, and head of department, in the Department of Construction Process Management, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University Twente, The Netherlands.  His research focuses on industry dynamics and development of new technologies and innovation, with a particular focus on the construction industry. Currently he is involved in:

– technology development and reform in the Dutch asphalt road construction supply chain (aimed at introduction of SMART technologies in combination with personnel skills improvement);

– technology development and process improvement for prevention and reduction of damages and delays during excavation and placing of sub soil cable and pipe infrastructures;

– innovative tools the enhance coordination, reliability and performance of innercity infrastructure projects (particularly subsurface utilities)

– the introduction of systems integrators as business model for the construction industry;
several projects regarding of innovative procurement strategies as deployed in the public sector

Following the presentation, there will be a Q and A session.

CEBE Faculty research conference

The Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE) faculty research conference are holding their annual conference on Tuesday 14th April 2015, and the full programme has been confirmed.

It begins at 10.00am and will take place in the MP452 lecture theatre, Millennium Point, City Centre Campus. Please ensure your place by contacting


10.00  WelcomeProfessor Hanifa Shah, Professor Peter Larkham

10.10-10.40 CEBE Keynote:  Symbiosis of Man and Machine: A Focus on Hand-arm Vibration: Professor David Edwards, Professor of Plant and Machinery Management

10.40-11.20 Round Table on Impact and PhD Research. Alan Dolhasz, Mo Mayouf, Roshni Paul, Mani Seethapathy

11.20-11.40 Break

11.40-12.00  Investigating biomechanics and musculoskeletal loading conditions of hip joint for an optimal prosthesis design: Mohammad Rabbani

12.00-12.20  Catch Me If You Can: Preserving Geolocation Privacy: Asma Patel

12.20-12.40  Are cost models up to the job of playing their part in supply chain management in construction? Abigail Robson

12.40-1.00 Folk music analysis: Islah Ali-MacLachlan

1.00 Lunch

1.30-1.50  Analysis of Real Time Parameter Modulation in Music Production: Matthew Cheshire

1.50-2.10 Factors influencing enterprise systems implementations in an organization: Mohit Bhardwaj

 2.10-2.30 The Identity Crisis: Security, Privacy and Usability Issues: Salameh Abu Rmeileh

2.30-2.45  Break

2.45-3.05 Engineering and Enterprise Systems: factors influencing the alignments of enterprise systems requirements and technology capabilities: Ardavan Amini

 3.05-3.40  CEBE Keynote:  Blue Skies, research and impact. How to combine all three for a successful research strategy: Professor Mike Ward

There will also be a research poster display.

Art and Design PhD research seminars 2015

After a brief hiatus our art and design research seminars are back.

Taking place every month, they are as follows:

25th March 2015
Colette Jeffrey: Are you lost? No, I’m wayfinding
3-4pm, Parkside P421b

22nd April 2015
Sian Hindle: Embodying jewellery: new approaches for capturing the wearer’s
3-4pm, Margaret Street G01

13th May 2015
Lara Furniss: Beyond Discipline: A Developing Design Process for the 21st Century
3-4pm, Parkside P130

24th June 2015
Mandy Carwood: Sir James Thornhill and the Painted Hall at Greenwich: a space for all
3-4pm, Margaret Street G01

Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP please email

CEBE research seminar: The Builder’s Flying Squads: An Analysis of the Ministry of Works Special Repair Service Activities During WWII

With Dr Richard Burt, Auburn University, USA

Monday 9 March, 9am, MP203, Millennium Point, City Centre Campus

The Second World War brought levels of destruction to cities previously thought inconceivable. The bombing missions aimed at cities in the United Kingdom sought not only to destroy industrial targets essential for the war effort but also the homes of workers. Cities such as London and Coventry suffered huge amounts of damage to dwellings. In the London region alone over 84,000 homes were completely destroyed, another 155,000 seriously damaged and 1,194,000 slightly damaged all between the start of the London Blitz in September 1940 and the start of the V1 & V2 vengeance weapon campaign in June 1944. In the first 15 weeks of the flying bomb campaign another 25,000 homes were completely destroyed and another 873,000 added to the slightly damaged list (Kohan 1952, 225).

If these numbers were spread evenly over time and area the impact would have been somewhat manageable, but it was not. The London Blitz in the early fall of 1940 brought a huge amount of destruction to the East End of London and at the end of November 1940, Coventry was heavily bombed. Using archival material from several sources. The presentation will seek to identify the nature of the problem resulting from bomb damage following the start of the blitz, and how the UK government responded to the problem by establishing the Special Repair Service and the Builders Flying Squads. The establishment and organization of the Special Repair Service is outlined and an attempt is made to paint a picture of how the Builders Flying Squads operated during wartime.

To reserve your place email

School of Jewellery 125th Anniversary Lecture Series

Various dates between February-March 2015, School of Jewellery

A series of short talks by staff, postgraduate researchers and friends as part of the 125th Anniversary of the School of Jewellery. Featuring guest lecturers Peter Page, Leo de Vroomen and Suzanne Beautyman.

All talks will last 30 mins to one hour including a Q&A session, followed by a chance to chat over a glass of wine in the Atrium.

Visit Eventbrite for more information to register your place

Black Women and Popular Culture: Conformity, Contradiction or Consensus?

Wednesday 25 February, 1pm-2.30pm, Edge 522, City North Campus

This presentation by Dionne Taylor will examine the complex realities of young Black British women’s interaction and consumption of ‘Black’ popular cultural discourses (Hip Hop and Dancehall).

Through the interpretation of the experiences of the young women, the varied intersections of being young, Black, female and British come into play.

The research aims to provide a unique platform to hear the voices of the young women, who are often ignored or silenced through racist and sexist stereotypes of Black womanhood. The concepts of ‘agency’ (individual and collective) ‘negotiation’ and ‘resistance’ of dominant discourses are explored, as the young women act to define and (re) define their ‘sense of self’ in relation to ‘Black’ popular cultures.

100 years of tear gas: militarisation, protests and the legacies of war

13 March 2015, 3pm, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

As part of Birmingham City University’s involvement with the AHRC funded Voices of War and Peace project, the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) is holding a panel of various academics involved in the project to discuss the tear gas research connection initiative and the military, policing, legal, commercial and medical aspects of tear gas.

For more information visit the BCMCR site

School of English research seminars – every month

Every month the School of English holds its research seminars, and all research staff and students are welcome. The talks take place on Wednesdays in the second or third week of each month at City North Campus.

Find out more about upcoming seminars on the School of English website.

Below, the school’s Andrew Kehoe talks about his research in collaborative text analysis.

BCMCR Research Seminars – every Wednesday

Taking place every Wednesday, City Centre Campus

The Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research now holds its research seminars weekly. Each week there will be talks by either guest speakers, academics from the centre or Postgraduate Research Students from the centre.

The full schedule for this month can be found on the Eventbrite page. Keep checking back regularly for event updates.