People, organisations and culture

People, organisations and culture play an integral part in the successful delivery of any project. Within this specialism, members have expertise in studying multiple facets of human relations in the context of social and organisational change in project-based working. Particular focus is on micro-level analyses of how project participants come together to produce efficient and effective project outcomes.

Members of this specialism have a track record of researching an eclectic range of people, organisational and cultural issues including gender relations in engineering projects, organisational sense-making and project uncertainty, power relations and the production and reproduction of organisational practices in project environments.

Why don't you come and join us?

Our PhD projects available  |  MSc Management of Projects  |  MSc Project Management

Research focus

  • Project competencies and education
  • Organisational change and uncertainty
  • Continuous improvement and project performance
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Engendering safety culture
  • Understanding sustainable development


We work closely with industrial partners from the construction, manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, energy and transport sectors, including high-profile organisations such as BP, EDF, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, EADS, Laing O’Rourke and Amec.

International links

Through our strategic relationships with The British University in Dubai, Penn State University, NTU Singapore and Chalmers University of Technology, we continue to enjoy a global presence.


Academic Staff: Dr Paul ChanProf Andy GaleFiona Saunders, Callum Kidd and David Ling

Please contact one of the academic staff for further details of current research activity.

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