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Dr Esra Kurul

PhD MA (Building Conservation) BArch PCTHE

Senior Lecturer, Subject Coordinatior for MSc Project Management in the Built Environment

School of the Built Environment

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

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Phone number: +441865484322

Email: ekurul@brookes.ac.uk

Location: Abercrombie Building (AB 1.12), Headington Campus

Esra is a Senior Lecturer in Construction and the Subject Co-ordinator for MSc Project Management in the Built Environment (MSc PMBE). She trained as an architect in Turkey, prior to joining the University in 2004. She also holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the Bartlett, UCL (2003) and MA in Conservation Studies from the University of York (1997). Esra contributes to the School research, teaching and the leadership of masters programmes.

Esra is also heavily involved in teaching. She leads the delivery of the MSc Project Management in the Built Environment (MSc PMBE) course and teaches a number of postgraduate and undergraduate modules. Esra adopts a problem-based learning (PBL) approach in her teaching because it enables students to learn skills that are highly transferable to working life. PBL has proven to be more effective and more stimulating than traditional approaches. She has also been working with colleagues in the School to develop novel ways of delivering the MSc PMBE on-line to distance-learning students. Hence, she is part of a team which is leading the development and delivery of blended- learning programmes at the University. Her teaching interests include people in project organisations, organisational and human behaviour, development process, sustainability in the built environment, problem-based learning, enhancing learning experience through industrial liaison and problem-solving, facilitating blended-learning, and developing reflective practitioners.

Modules taught

P33504 People, Leadership & Organisations(x1.5)

U33593 Enterprise Management in Construction and Development(double Honours Component)

U33594 Financial Appraisal and Commercial Management(double Honours Component)

Supervision

Current PhD Students

Teker, I. (Jan’17- Jan’18) Evaluating the Process of Architectural Conservation Projects in England: the case of large-scale, institutional owners. Full-time Visiting Research Student. Role: Supervisor.

Gamper, D. (ongoing) Visitor Mobility in UNESCO World Heritage city centres. Role: Second Supervisor.

Khamaksorn, A. (ongoing) Knowledge Transfer Processes in International Construction Joint Venture Projects in Thailand. Role: Second Supervisor


Successful PhD Completions

Schroepfer, V. (2014) Knowledge transfer in project teams delivering office buildings to sustainable building standards in Germany and the UK. (Second Supervisor)

Taylor-Lewis, D. (2013) Entrepreneurial Support for Black (Afro-Caribbean) and Asian Construction Businesses: can it enhance their growth? (Second Supervisor)

Nanayakkara, L. (2012) Site Layout: how it is perceived to affect productivity in public sector construction projects in Sri Lanka. (Second Supervisor)

Abanda, H. (2011) Knowledge modelling of emerging technologies for sustainable building development. (Second Supervisor)

Zhou, L. (2009) Achieving sustainable development through the Private Finance Initiative procurement process in the UK. (Second Supervisor)

External PhD Examination

Pathirage, C. P. (2007) A Structured Approach to Manage the Tacit Knowledge of Construction Employees, The University of Salford.

Every academic year I supervise 4-6 undergraduate dissertations and 6-8 postgraduate dissertations. To date (June'17), I supervised over 35 masters and 45 undergraduate dissertations. 

Esra's research is inter-disciplinary and wherever appropriate it is undertaken in collaboration with the industry. Her current research interests include inter-disciplinary collaboration to achieve sustainability in the built environment, adaptation of businesses to Climate Change, and the relationship between social capital and the effective management of knowledge in project environments. She has research expertise in managing complex projects, the role of social networks in project environments, adaptive re-use of existing buildings and conservation of the built environment, and supervised PhD students to successful completion in these areas. Her research interests include inter-disciplinary collaboration to deliver sustainable development, social networks in project environments, managing complex projects, management of knowledge and innovation as a source of competitive advantage, adaptive re-use of existing buildings, and conservation of the built environment.

Research group membership

OISD: Construction and Project Management (CPM) Group

Research grants and awards

Awards, Nominations & Fellowships

  • 2017 Oxford Brookes Collaborative Research & Travel Grant (£3600)
  • 2015 Brookes Union Student-Lead Teaching Awards, Nomination in Best Academic Advisor Category.
  • 2014 Outstanding Paper winner for Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction
    • Paper Title: Lei, Z., Keivani, R. and Kurul, E. (2013) Sustainability Performance Measurement Framework for PFI Projects in the UK, Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, Vol. 18 Issue 3 pp. 232-250.
  • 2010 Best Paper Award for Innovations in Sustainability from the International Journal of Architectural Engineering and Design Management (an earthscan publication) at the 6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction, June 9-11, 2010, Penn State University, USA.
    • Paper Title: Kurul, E., Tah, J. & Cheung, F. Does the UK Built Environment Sector have the Capacity to Deliver Sustainability?
  • 2005 O’Regan Centre for Enterprise, Business School, Oxford Brookes University, Enterprise Fellow.

Externally Funded Research Projects are covered in the next section. 

Research projects

Externally Funded Research Projects 

    1. Project Title: Innovative learning platform for knowledge integration in Energy Retrofit (EU acronym: C-mapER)
      • Role: Principal Investigator
      • Funding Body: EU (H2020 Programme)
      • Expected Start Date: 1 September 2017
      • Duration: 2 years
      • Total grant value: €183,454
      • Researcher: Dr Maurizio Sibilla
      • Supervisory Team: Dr Esra Kurul (Scientist in Charge, School of the Built Environment), Prof Rajat Gupta (School of Architecture) and Mr Currant (OCSLD).
      • Summary: This study will deliver an innovative learning platform and an approach to develop practitioners who are well-placed to improve the energy performance of existing buildings through inter-disciplinary collaboration, and by managing complexity inherent in retrofit projects. The platform will address the lack of educational programs dedicated to interdisciplinary education, which helps develop the capacity to transfer information and knowledge between disciplinary boundaries and to deal with the tensions between social, economic, environmental and technological dimensions of sustainability. The outputs can be exploited at different levels within higher education sectors and professional development.It is anticipated that this Fellowship will create opportunities for inter-disciplinary teaching both within TDE and across the University. It therefore has the potential to become a showcase exemplifying how research and teaching can be inter-linked.
    2. Project Title: BIM-enabled Collaborative Platform for Innovative Low Impact School Procurement
      • Role: Principal Investigator
      • Funding body: Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
      • Partners: Willmott Dixon and Scape System Build Ltd.
      • Total grant value: £270k
      • Project dates: April 13 – Feb. 16.

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    1. Project Title: Future Fit
      • Role: Co-Investigator
      • Funding body: South East European Regional Development Fund through South East Centre for the Built Environment (SECBE)
      • Partners: BSRIA, Chartered Institute of Building, East Sussex County Council, Oxford Brookes University, National Federation of Builders, Room 4 Consulting, SECBE & Constructing Excellence, BIM Fusion (The Clarkson Alliance).
      • Total grant value: £604k
      • Project Dates: Sept’13-Feb’16
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    2. Project Title: Integrated Carbon, Waste, Time and Cost Modelling for the Design of Low Impact Buildings
    3. Project Title: Working with Industry to Create Collaborative Research Opportunities
      • Role: Principal Investigator
      • Funding body: The Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research, Oxford Brookes University
      • Total grant value: £10k
      • Project Dates: Oct’07-June’09
    4. Project Title: Green Jobs Creation Through Sustainable Refurbishment in Developing Countries
      • Role: Co-investigator
      • Funding body: International Labour Office funded
      • Total grant value: £10k
      • Project Dates: Nov 07 – Mar 08.

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  1. Project Title: Knowledge Creation Capability & Absorptive Capacity of Integrated Project Teams in the Construction
    • Role: Principal Investigator
    • Funding body: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/C530160/1)
    • Partners: (Bovis) Lend Lease and Currie & Brown
    • Total grant value: £120k
    • Project Dates: Sept’05-Nov’06
  2. Project Title: Doctoral Training Grant
    • Role: PhD Supervisor
    • Funding body: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/P502659/1)
    • Total grant value: £19k
    • Project Dates: Oct’09- Sept’12.

Research impact

Invited Papers & Presentations 

Green Jobs for Sustainable Facilities Management & Maintenance, Sustainable Facilities Management & Maintenance Master Class, 3 July 2015, organised by Employment & Employability Institute and Real Estate & Construction Centre, Singapore.

‘Supporting students through flexible delivery: an Oxford Brookes University case study’, Invited Speaker, ‘Improving master’s degrees in the United Kingdom’ Conference, 30 June- 1 July 2010, London, UK. Organised by Emap Higher Education.

‘Social Network Analysis: a robust methodology to evaluate knowledge creation capability and absorptive capacity’, Construction Management and Economics 25th Anniversary Conference, 16th-18th July 2007, University of Reading UK. Invited keynote speech panellist.

‘Knowledge Management for Sustainable Construction Competitiveness’, DTI-RICS Seminars, Applying Knowledge Management in Construction, November 2003, ICE, London.

‘Learning from project experience: what can DMCS, English Heritage and local authorities do better?’, delivered In June 2003 as part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series, English Heritage.

‘Adaptive Re-Use of Historic Buildings: can the chequebook and listed building control be reconciled?’, delivered in January 2003 as part of the Guest Lecture Series, Centre for Sustainable Heritage, UCL.

Further information

Please refer to the links listed under each externally-funded project in the above section. 

Books

Journal articles

  • Schröpfer V, Tah J, Kurul E, 'Mapping the knowledge flow in sustainable construction project teams using social network analysis'
    Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management 24 (2) (2017) pp.229-259
    ISSN: 0969-9988 eISSN: 0969-9988
    Abstract
  • Cheung FKT, Kurul E, Oti AH, 'A case study of hybrid strategies to create value for a contracting business in the education sector in England and Wales'
    Construction Management and Economics 34 (4-5) (2016) pp.335-352
    ISSN: 0144-6193 eISSN: 0144-6193
    Abstract
  • Oti AH, Kurul E, Cheung F, Tah JHM, 'A framework for the utilization of Building Management System data in building information models for building design and operation'
    Automation in Construction 72 (2) (2016) pp.195-210
    ISSN: 0926-5805 eISSN: 0926-5805
    Abstract
  • Kurul E, Smith A, Cheung F, 'A live project to improve energy performance of retail organisations'
    Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching (2015) pp.120-6
    ISSN: 1744-7747 eISSN: 1744-7747
    Abstract
  • Kurul E, 'Influences of social capital on knowledge creation: An exploration in the UK built environment sector'
    Architectural Engineering and Design Management 11 (2) (2013) pp.83-104
    ISSN: 1745-2007 eISSN: 1745-2007
    Abstract
  • Zhou L, Keivani R, Kurul E, 'Sustainability performance measurement framework for PFI projects in the UK'
    Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction 18 (3) (2013) pp.232-250
    ISSN: 1366-4387 eISSN: 1366-4387
    Abstract
  • Kurul E, Tah JH, Cheung F, 'Does the UK built environment sector have the institutional capacity to deliver sustainable development?'
    Architectural Engineering and Design Management 8 (1) (2012) pp.42-54
    ISSN: 1745-2007 eISSN: 1745-2007
    Abstract
  • Cheung FKT, Rihan J, Tah J, Duce D, Kurul E, 'Early stage multi-level cost estimation for schematic BIM models'
    Automation in Construction 27 (2012) pp.67-77
    ISSN: 0926-5805 eISSN: 0926-5805
    Abstract
  • Guchan S, Kurul E, 'A history of the development of conservation measures in Turkey: from the mid 19th century until 2004'
    Middle East Technical University Journal of the Faculty of Architecture 26 (2) (2009) pp.19-44
    ISSN: 0258-5316 eISSN: 0258-5316
  • Kurul E, Sahin Guchan N, 'A History of the Development of Conservation Measures in Turkey: from the mid 19th Century until 2004'
    METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture 26 (2) (2009) pp.19-44
    ISSN: 0258-5316 eISSN: 0258-5316
  • Kurul E, 'A Qualitative Approach to Exploring Adaptive Re-use Processes'
    (2007)
    ISSN: eISSN:
  • Kurul E, 'The application of cognitive mapping methodologies in project management research’'
    (2007)
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Conference papers

  • Kurul E, Abanda H, Tah JH, Cheung F, 'Rethinking the build process for BIM adoption'
    CIB World Building Congress Construction and Society. Australia (2013) pp.1-13
    ISBN: 978-0-9875542-1-5
    Abstract
  • Kurul E, 'Social Network Analysis: a robust methodology to evaluate knowledge creation capability and absorptive capacity'
    1 (2008) pp.241-
    ISBN: 978-0-415-46059-0
    Abstract
  • Zhou L, Keivani R, Kurul E, 'The Economic Benefits of Sustainable PFI Project: A case study of Newport Southern Distributor Road.'
    (2008) pp.135-144
    ISBN: 978-0-646-50372-1
    Abstract
  • Egbu C, Kurul E, Vines M, Olomolaiye A, Hinks J, Liyanage C, 'Knowledge management and intellectual capital in the construction industry: an agenda for research'
    (2003)

Other publications

Refereed Conference Papers 

Kurul, E., Oti, A. and Cheung, F. (2016)  Level 3 BIM For Standardised Design delivery, refinement and optimisation: is it a real option In The UK?, CIB 2016 World Congress, 30 May- 3 June, Tampere, Finland. 

Oti, A., Kurul, E., Cheung, F. and Tah, J. (2016) The Utilisation of BMS Data in BIM for Facilities Management, CIB 2016 World Congress, 30 May- 3 June, Tampere, Finland. 

Kurul, E., Abanda, H., Tah, J. and Cheung, F. (2013) Rethinking the Build Process for BIM Adoption, CIB World Building Congress, 5-9 May, Brisbane, Australia.

Schröpfer, V., Kurul, E., Tah, J. (2013). Knowledge transfer in project teams delivering office buildings to sustainable building standards. Sustainable Building & Construction. 3-5 July, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.

Schröpfer, V., Kurul, E., Tah, J. (2011). Knowledge transfer in construction project teams delivering sustainable office buildings in the UK and Germany. Sixth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-VI) “Construction Challenges in the New Decade”. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kurul, E., Tah, J. & Cheung, F. (2010) Does the UK Built Environment Sector have the Capacity to Deliver Sustainability?, 6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction, June 9-11, 2010, Penn State University, USA. Won the Best Paper Award for Innovations in Sustainability from the International Journal of Architectural Engineering and Design Management (an earthscan publication). Kurul E. (2010) Using Social Networks to Understand Knowledge Creation in Project Environments, CIB World Congress, May 10th - 13th, University of Salford, UK. Kurul, E. (2009) Qualitative Research Methods in Project Management Research in the Built Environment,  Fifth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-V) “Collaboration and Integration in Engineering, Management and Technology” May 20-22, 2009, Istanbul, Turkey. Abanda, F.H., Tah, J., Kurul, E. and Duce, D. (2009) Exploring the use of protégé in representing knowledge on sustainable building technologies. In: Ahmed, V. et al. (Ed) Procs 9th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC), 29-30th 2009, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, UK, pp.449-460.Taylor-Lewis, D., Tah, J. and Kurul, E. (2009). Positioning of Black and Asian construction businesses in the UK : A literature review. In: In: Ahmed, V. et al. (Ed) Procs 9th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC), 29-30th 2009, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, UK. Zhou, L., Keivani, R. and Kurul, E. (2008) The Economic Benefits of Sustainable PFI Project: A case study of Newport Southern Distributor Road. In: World SB08 Melbourne: World Sustainable Building Conference, 21-25 September 2008, Melbourne, Australia.Kurul, E., Otsuka, N. and Colantonio, A. (2007) Social Network Analysis: a robust methodology to evaluate knowledge creation capability and absorptive capacity, Construction Management and Economics 25th Anniversary Conference, 16th-18th July 2007, University of Reading UK.

Kurul, E., Colantonio, A. and Otsuka, N. (2007) ‘Knowledge Creation and Absorptive Capacity: influences of social capital’, CIB 2007 World Congress, South Africa.

Kurul, E., Colantonio, A. and Otsuka, N. (2006) ‘Influences of Social Capital on Knowledge Creation’, World Conference on Accelerating Excellence in the Built Environment, 2-4 October, Birmingham, UK.

Nanayakkara, L. and Kurul, E. (2005) Impact of Site Plans on Prodcutivity in Public Sector Construction Projects in Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the 2nd Scottish Conference for Postgraduate Researchers of the Built and Natural Environment (PRoBE) 16-17 November 2005, Glasgow Caledonian University.  

Sahin Guchan, N. & Kurul, E. (2005). The new Legal Measures Developed between the years 2003-2005 and their effects on conservation area: a critical evaluation. In: 50 Years in Conservation, a national conference organised by Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, 17-18th November 2005.

Kurul, E. (2004) ‘Refurbishing Buildings in the Urban Context: an exploration through process mapping’, CIB World Building Congress, 2-7 May 2004, Toronto, Canada.

Ruikar, K., Anumba, C.J., Al-Ghassani, A., Egbu, C., Kurul, E., Quintas, P. and Hutchinson, V. (2004). Technologies and Techniques for Knowledge Management in UK Construction. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference: World of Construction Project Management, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 27-28 2004.

Kurul E, Hari S, Egbu C, Vines M, Liyanage C, Olomolaiye A, (2004), Appropriateness of research methods for knowledge management research in the UK construction industry, 1st International Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) Research Symposium, March 30th – 31st 2004, edited by Aouad G, Amaratunga D, Kagioglou M, Ruddock L, Sexton M, Salford University, Manchester, pp. 110 – 119, ISBN 090296644

Vines M, Hari S, Olomolaiye A, Liyanage C, Lee C, Kurul E, Egbu C, Lessons learned from knowledge management research: UK construction industry perspective, 4th International Postgraduate Research Conference, April 1st – 2nd 2004, edited by Ruddock L, Amaratunga D, Aouad G, Kagioglou M, Sexton M, Salford University, Manchester, pp. 570 - 580, ISBN 0902896636  

Kurul, E. ‘Adaptive Re-use of Historic Buildings: can the chequebook and listed building control be reconciled?’, Centre for Sustainable Heritage Guest Lecture Series 2002-2003, UCL.

Egbu, C., Kurul, E., Hari, S., Vines, M., Olomolaiye, A., Hinks, J. (2003) ‘Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital in the Construction Industry: An Agenda for Research’, Information and Knowledge Management in Building, the 2003 meeting of the joint CIB-UICB Commission W102, University of Strathclyde, UK.

Kurul, E., Maytorena, E. (2001) ‘Influences on the Decision Process in Project Related Organisations in the UK Construction Industry’, Proceedings of 8th Workshop on Management and Organisation Cognition, organized by European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, May 2001, France.

Kurul, E. (2001) ‘Re-using Listed Buildings in the Urban Context: content analysis & cognitive mapping’, Sun, M., Aouad, G., Omerod, M., Ruddock, L. (eds) Proceedings of International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment, 15-16 March 2001, School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford. (ISBN 1-900491-84-2).

Kurul, E. (2000) ‘Conservation through Re-use: a partnership or a contemplation?’, Proceedings of 5th International Congress on Conservation of Architectural Heritage, 17-24 September 2000, University of Florence, Italy.

 

Membership of professional bodies

  • 2010 - present Association of British-Turkish Academics
  • Feb’04 - present International Council for Research & Innovation in Building & Construction (CIB)
  • Apr’03 - present Institute of Historic Building Conservation- IHBC
  • Apr’03 - present Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
  • Jan’98 - May’02 UK Council of Turkish Students’ Societies
  • Sep’93 - present Chamber of Architects, Ankara, Turkey

Conferences

Scientific Committee Memberships & Special Sessions

National Scientific Committee, 4th National Project & Construction Management Congress, 3-5 November 2016, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey.

National Scientific Committee, 3rd National Project & Construction Management Congress, 6-8 November 2014, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey.

National Scientific Committee, 2nd National Project & Construction Management Congress, 13-16 September 2012, Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey.

Special session (Delivering Sustainability) organiser & chair, 6th International Conference on AEC Innovation, PennState College, Pennsylvania: June 9-11, 2010.

International Scientific Committee, The Association for Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) 26th Annual Conference, 2010, Leeds, UK.

National Scientific Committee, 1st National Project & Construction Management Congress, 29 September- 1 October 2010, METU, Ankara Turkey.

International Scientific Committee, The Third Scottish Conference for Postgraduate Researchers of the Built & Natural Environment (PRoBE), 20-22 November 2007, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK

International Scientific Committee, International Conference in the Built Environment in the 21st Century (ICiBE 2006), 13-15 June 2006, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia

International Scientific Committee, The Second Scottish Conference for Postgraduate Researchers of the Built & Natural Environment (PRoBE), 16-17 November 2005, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK.