Obuks Ejohwomu, PhD, MSc, BEng | FNSE, FHEA


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Obuks Ejohwomu is a Reader (Associate Professor) and founder of Nudge SIG (Special Interest Group) at The University of Manchester. He is the current Head of Admissions in the School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering. He is listed as one of Manchester's Heritage Heroes for the impact of his research work. Obuks is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the unit lead for commercial and procurement management.  Obuks particularly leads a research group focusing on a future sustainable built environment with expertise in decarbonised projects, indoor/outdoor air pollution monitoring using low-cost sensors, occupational health & safety and digitalisation in the built environment. He is a Better World Showcase 2022 award winner for outstanding contributions to environmental sustainability. An award winner for notable contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He has managed grants valued at over GBP £1.3m, with funders including EPSRC, Association of Project Management (APM), GCRF, Lloyds Register Foundation, NHS Foundation Trust, and UKRI.  He is the PI on a high-impact multidisciplinary research project probing the “societal value of quality low-cost urban air monitoring in low resource environments (SQUARE).  Before joining MACE he worked as a contracts manager on several building construction projects totalling over N100m (Lukayson Ventures Ltd), a systems engineer in the telemetry and laboratory business area of Scottish Water, Glasgow, Research Assistant on a Black Country learning and skills action research project (University of Wolverhampton), Research Fellow (University of Reading) on the EPSRC Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC), Programme Manager (W D Consults Ltd), Lecturer in Civil Engineering (Covenant University), Senior Lecturer in Project Management and Head, Department of Management Technology (Bells University of Technology). In the past, he has consulted for the likes of Coffey International on DFID projects (Growth and Employment in States (GEMS)) in Nigeria, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society, and Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Limited (PPMC).  He obtained his BEng degree in Civil Engineering from UNIBEN, MSc in Systems Engineering from Heriot-Watt, and PhD in Construction Engineering and Management from Wolverhampton.  Associate Editor - Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology. Guest editor and editorial board member for some of his field’s leading journals. Visiting scholars to Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria universities. He is a Foundation Governor at St Edmund's Catholic Academy. When the opportunity is available, he enjoys networking and hiking.

PhD Completion (*as PI):

  1. *Societal value of nuclear decommissioning and remediation. 
  2. *Assessment of user (dis)engagement in the provision of affordable housing: the case of the UK social housing sector. 
  3. A building information modelling maturity model for the South African constitution industry. 
  4. *Development of a project risk management framework: a case study of major African economies. 
  5. *Standards-innovation relationship in projects: In the context of ship-recycling in Bangladesh.
  6. *A hermeneutical approach to social value: A case study of national infrastructure planning in Oman.
  7. *Development of safety leading and lagging indicators framework for contractor selection in construction projects.
  8. *Standardizing carbon neutrality in the delivery of complex projects.

Ongoing PhD Supervision (*as PI):

  1. *Ethics in Stakeholder Engagement for Project Sustainability (Part-Time).
  2. *Risk analysis of low-carbon technological innovation in reducing building life cycle carbon emissions.
  3. Exploring governance in construction Circular Economy.
  4. Improving the cost modelling of environmental, social, governance using aritificial intelligence.
  5. Facilitating the transition to a circular economy for cooling in developing countries.
  6. *Application of operation science in production and manufacturing to improve integration management on oil and gas capital projects (Part-Time).
  7. *Bridging digital transformation and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics: insights from the construction business ecosystem.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner (PhD), , Cape Peninsula University of Technology

1 Feb 2022 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Johannesburg

1 Mar 2020 → …

External Examiner (PhD), The University of Salford

17 Jan 2020 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Bradford

10 Oct 2019 → …

External Examiner (PhD), Nelson Mandela University

8 Aug 2018 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of the West of England, Bristol

23 Jul 2018 → …

Grants proposals reviewer for Newton Fund , The British Council

12 Jun 2018 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Bedfordshire

2 May 2018 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Wolverhampton

5 Mar 2018 → …

External Adviser School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton

8 Sept 2017 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Lincoln

1 Jun 2017 → …

Chair, 7th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa (ICIDA 2018).

31 Mar 20171 Apr 2018

External Examiner (PhD), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology

1 Jan 2016 → …

External Examiner, University of Johannesburg

1 Jan 2015 → …

Areas of expertise

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Air quality monitoring
  • Construction
  • Decarbonisation
  • Digitalisation
  • Global South
  • Project Management
  • Social value
  • Sustainable built environment

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Thomas Ashton Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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