Dr Esra Kurul

Senior Lecturer
Subject Co-orderinator MSc Project Management in the Built Environment
OISD: Construction and Project Management (CPM) Group

Profile

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'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.

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.

Research interests

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.

Teaching interests

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.

Examples of 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
  3. 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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  4. Project Title: Integrated Carbon, Waste, Time and Cost Modelling for the Design of Low Impact Buildings
  5. 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
  6. 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.
    • Click here to download the report.
  7. 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
  8. 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.

PhD activites

Current 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 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 Examination

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


Selected publications

Articles in peer reviewed journals

Cheung, F., Kurul, E. , Oti, A. (2016) “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 special issue (Business Development), Vol. 34 , Issue. 4-5. Published online: 7 July 2016.

Kurul, E., Smith, A. and Cheung, F. (2016) “A Live Project to Improve Energy Performance of a Retail Organisation”, Live Projects Special Issue, Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching (BeJLT), vol. 8, issue 1.

Oti, A. H., Kurul, E., Cheung, F. and Tah, J. H. M. (2016) “A framework for the utilization of BMS data in BIM to bridge gaps between building design and operation”, Automation in Construction, Volume 72, Part 2, December 2016, pp. 195–210.

Schröpfer , V., Tah, J. and Kurul, E. (in press) "Mapping the Knowledge Flow in Sustainable Construction Project Teams Using Social Network Analysis”, accepted for publication in Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management in February’16.

Lei, Z., Keivani, R. and Kurul, E. (2014) Sustainability Performance Measurement Framework for PFI Projects in the UK, Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, vol. 18, no.3 (externally assessed at REF 2*). 2014 Outstanding Paper award for Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction.

Kurul, E. (2013) Influences of social capital on knowledge creation: An exploration in the UK built environment sector, Architectural Engineering and Design Management, published online on 10 June 2013. (externally assessed at REF3*)

Cheung, F.K.T., Rihan, J., Tah, J., Duce, D. and Kurul, E. (2012) Early Stage Multi-level Cost Estimation for Schematic BIM Models, Automation in Construction, vol.27, November 2012, pp. 67-77. (externally assessed at REF 3*)

Kurul, E., Tah, J. & Cheung, F. (2012) Does the UK Built Environment Sector have the Institutional Capacity to Deliver Sustainability?, Architectural Engineering and Design Management, vol.8, issue 1, pp. 42-54. (externally assessed at REF2*)

Sahin Guchan, N. and Kurul, E. (2009) “A history of the development of conservation measures in Turkey: from the mid 19th century until 2004”, METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture (listed in ISI Arts & Humanities Citation Index), vol.26 no.2, p. 1-18. (externally assessed at REF3*)

Edkins, A., Kurul, E., Maytorena, E. and Rintala, K. (2007) The application of cognitive mapping methodologies in project management research’. International Journal of Project Management , vol. 25 (8), pp. 762-772.

Kurul, E. (2007) A Qualitative Approach to Exploring Adaptive Re-use Processes. Facilities, vol.25, no. 13/14, pp. 554-570.


Peer reviewed books/ reports

Keivani, R. Tah, J.M., Kurul, E. and Abanda, F.H. (2010) Green Jobs Creation Through Sustainable Refurbishment in the Developing Countries, Working Paper No. 275, International Labour Office, Geneva. (externally assessed at REF2*) (ISBN 978-92-2-123610-8).


Refereed articles in proceedings

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: Proceedings of the 9th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC) Salford Quays, Manchester.

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.

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

Kurul, E. ‘Refurbishing Buildings in the Urban Context: an exploration through process mapping’, (2004) 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. ‘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. ‘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. ‘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. ‘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.

Invited papers and 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.

Memberships

  • 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

Scientific committee memberships and 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.

Awards, nominations and fellowships

  • 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.