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Richard Kirkham

Manchester, United Kingdom
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Richard Kirkham
is currently co-lead of the Management of Projects Research Group in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester, with responsibility for research. Richard is an active researcher in the field of project studies; his research and teaching interests focus on risk management in the context of whole-life appraisal of buildings and civil infrastructure. Richard’s earlier research contributions in whole-life costing for infrastructure (incorporated into ISO15686-5) continue through government advisory, particularly in the context of major government projects  This was recognized in 2016 with the award of an ESRC staff secondment to the Cabinet Office where he worked in the Portfolio Insight Team (now the Analysis and Insight Unit) of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

Richard is also an active participant and co-investigator in the ESRC funded ‘Project X – Improving Project Delivery’ (Grant Ref: ES/S009841/1). This is a major investment that seeks to improve the evidence base surrounding major project and programme delivery in government by generate unique insights through world-leading ‘co-produced’ research. Richard is also an active researcher in the Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research, collaboration between The University of Manchester and the Health and Safety Executive.

Richard was PI for two Cabinet Office funded projects examining risk in the context of government transformation. Richard’s teaching at Manchester covers a broad spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate work – including 'Civil Engineering Practice', 'Construction Management Professional Practice' and 'Risk Management'. Richard has also delivered blended learning education through the MSc Project Management Professional Development Programme and the BP Executive Education programme that was led by Manchester Business School. Richard has also held a number of internal appointments including Faculty Employability Lead and Portfolio Director for the British University in Dubai (BUiD).

Profile created 7 September 2019

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