Professor Joe Tah

Bsc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FRICS, MCIOB, ACM

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

School of the Built Environment

Joe Tah

Role

Professor Joe Tah is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and the Environment, which comprises the School of Architecture, School of Arts, School of the Built Environment, and School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.

Prior to taking up this role, Joe served as Associate Dean Strategy and Development in the Faculty. He previously held a number of roles including the Founding Head of the School of the Built Environment, Head of the Department of Real Estate and Construction and Professor of Project Management.

His academic career spans over three decades in which he has developed a wealth of strong interdisciplinary intellectual resources built on his research interests which are at the intersection of civil engineering, construction management, computer science and artificial intelligence. He has generated significant external research income through involvement in many research & consultancy projects funded by the EPSRC, EC, Innovate UK, ERDF, ESF, etc. He has successfully supervised many PhD students and research associates. He has undertaken several knowledge transfer initiatives and consultancy work involving the re-engineering of organizational business processes and the development and implementation of innovations in ICT in various construction companies. His publications are highly cited and include a co-authored book on 'strategic management applied to international construction' and over 180 refereed journal and conference papers.

Prior to moving to Oxford in 2007, Joe was Professor of Construction Information Technology and Associate Head for Academic Enterprise in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford, having previously been Professor of Construction Management and Director of Research in the Faculty of the Built Environment at London South Bank University. He holds a BSc(Hons) in Civil Engineering from Birmingham University, MSc and PhD in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Loughborough University.

Joe is on the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT) and is a member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) Clean Growth sub-group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • Management Science
  • Project Management 
  • Risk and Opportunity Management
  • Advanced Information Technology in Construction
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation Supervision

Research

  • Sustainability, adaptation and resilience to climate change
  • Collaborative supply networks for procurement and delivery of projects
  • Cost estimating, project planning and control
  • Risk analysis and management (project, enterprise, and sustainability risks)
  • Business process re-engineering and management
  • Enterprise Architecture and Modelling
  • Interoperability and information exchange standards
  • Virtual prototyping, nD-modelling and Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • RFID and sensor network technologies
  • Ontologies, semantic web and services-oriented technologies
  • Knowledge management and knowledge-based systems
  • Application of artificial intelligence techniques
  • Construction Management
  • Project Management
  • Management Science
  • Information Technology/ Information Systems
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence

Research projects

  • BIM-enabled Collaborative Platform for Innovative Low Impact School Procurement; Co-Investigator Technology Strategy Board; in collaboration with Willmott Dixon and Scape System Build Ltd. Total grant value £270k, April 13 – Feb. 16.
  • Integrated Carbon, Waste, Time and Cost Modelling for the Design of Low Impact Buildings; Principal Investigator, Technology Strategy Board/Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; in collaboration with Best Foot Forward Ltd., zedfactory Ltd, ItSoWorks Ltd. and Design Builder Software Ltd. Total grant value £375k, Feb. 10 – Feb. 12. https://www.youtube.com/user/tsbLIB
  • Green Jobs Creation Through Sustainable Refurbishment in Developing Countries (Co-investigator, International Labour Office funded); Total grant value £10k, Nov 07 – Mar 08.
  • Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC) - Salford Centre for Innovation and Research (SCRI) Renewal (Co-Investigator - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded); Total grant value ≈ £5M. Jan. 06 – May. 07.
  • Review of the Use of RFID in Construction (Co-Investigator, ERA–BUILD funded), Total grant value £ 10k, April. 04 – May. 07.
  • Virtual Environmental Planning System (VEPS) (Co-Investigator, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded); Total grant value £480K, April. 04 – May. 07.
  • SURegen - Integrated Decision Support System for Sustainable Urban Regeneration (Co-investigator, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded); Total grant value £2.3M. Mar. 08 – Mar. 12.
  • Research into Global Healthcare Tools (RIGHT) (Co-Investigator, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded with Universities of Brunel, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cranfield, Southampton, Ulster); Total grant value £1.1M, April. 07 – Nov. 09.
  • Black and Ethnic Minority in Construction. (Co-Investigator, European Social Fund (ESF) funded); Total grant value £128k, April 06 – June 06.
  • Re-engineering of business and operational processes (Lead Academic, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Pochin's Plc.); £93k, Oct. 05 – July 07.
  • Development of a Risk Database for Post-project Appraisal (Co-Investigator, British Council Turkey – Science Partnership Programme with the Middle Eastern Technical University Ankara); June 05 – July 07.
  • Designing fit-for-purpose schools: enabling student participation in the design. (Co-Investigator, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded); Total grant value £69k, Jan. 05 - Jun. 06.
  • Towards global harmonisation of construction research (Co-Investigator, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded); Total grant value £12k, April. Mar. 05 - Nov. 05.
  • Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC) - Salford Centre for Innovation and Research (SCRI) (Co-Investigator, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded); Total grant value ≈ £3.5M. Oct. 04 – Dec. 05.
  • Virtual Planning: nD-Modelling of Urban Environments (Co-Investigator, European Commission EC FP6 Integrated Project - Intelcities Project); Total grant value £59k, (total project funding 11.5M Euro.), Jan. 04 - July. 05.
  • The provision of affordable housing in Chongqing utilising adapted industrialised housing systems. (Co-investigator, British Council/DFID China, with the University of Chongqing); Total grant value £11k, April 01 – July 02.
  • Building the capability of consultancy practices to take up and utilize IT to improve business performance (Co-investigator, DTI PII funded with the Construction Industry Council); Total grant value £374k, June 00 – July 01.
  • A framework for case-based construction project planning (Principal Investigator, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded); Total grant value £73k. Feb. 95 - April 97.
  • Object-oriented knowledge-based decision support for project planning and control systems (Principal Investigator, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded); Total grant value £101k, Jan. 94 - Aug. 97.

Groups

Publications

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