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Dr Mark Austin

MSc, Cert HE, PhD.

Postgraduate Programmes Lead / Oxford Brookes Teaching Fellow

School of the Built Environment

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Mark Austin

Phone number: 01865 483369


Location: AB108

My role as Postgraduate Programmes Lead is to provide effective leadership of the school's postgraduate programmes through monitoring and enhancing the quality academic performance.  Additionally I lead on QA activities, including the development and validation of new and revised academic programmes, chair examination & programme committees, liaise with external examiners and assist the Head of School in the day to day management of the School including the allocation & monitoring of teaching workloads, staff development, conduct, PDRs and performance.

My teaching centres on the science behind green technologies as used in construction. In recognition of my excellence in teaching I was awarded the Oxford Brookes teaching Fellowship in 2016.

Modules taught

P33507 Managing Technology for Sustainable Environments

P33509 Advanced Construction Technology and BIM

My research interests include the application of Bourdieu's theories of Cultural Capital to understanding the development of the built environment, specifically the adoption of green and sustainable technologies.

Synopsis of my PhD research:

Title of thesis: Constructing the Active Body: A Sociological Investigation

Synopsis: An investigation into the relationship between the use of space within sports facilities and the development of cultural capitals. Research findings concluded that investing in, and maintain the active body, together with the corresponding development of an acceptable social identity leads individuals to develop a sense of belonging within sporting environments (both physical and social). This in turn engenders a sense of ontological security about the physical self that serves to reinforce and stabilise long-term patterns of participation in physical activity.

[Key words: Bourdieu, Body, Cultural Capitals, Exercise, Participation Adherence, Social Identity Design of Sport Centres]

Membership of professional bodies

Elected Fellow of the Higher Education Accademy (FHEA)

Incorporated into the Chartered Insitute of Bulding (ICIOB)

Elected Member of the British Sociological Society


Austin, M (2017).  Making the dissertation process ‘real’ to the student: An ontological approach to supervising dissertations. Council of the Heads of Built Environment (CHOBE) iBEE conference, Innovation in Built Environment Education: Learning Matters, Birmingham City University

Vokuhl, T & Austin, M (2017). Room to swing a Kid: An exploratory study into end-user engagement with spatially constrained UK family homes, AMPS, Architecture MPS; University of Derby

Austin, M., Linares Gonzalez, E.E. (2016).  Development of a taste for sustainable homes: Cultural capital of green technologies. BSA Annual conference, Aston University

Fleming, P., Jackson, J., Fenn, T., & Austin, M. (2013) Monitoring of Unusual and Innovative Construction Projects CIBSE Technical Symposium, Liverpool John Moores University

Austin, M. (2009).  Maintaining the Active Body: An interplay between space, physical capital and social identity.  BSA Annual conference, Cardiff

Austin, M. (2001).  Designing Sports Centres:  The Importance of Social Identity. BSA Annual Conference Manchester.