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Prof Peter W. G. Morris

Honorary Global Advisor


Peter W. G. Morris, PhD

Emeritus Professor, University College London (UCL)
Former Chair, Vice President, Fellow (Hon), APM
Fellow, Institute of Civil Engineers (UK)
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Building (UK)
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (UK)
London, United Kingdom




Peter W.G. Morris was emeritus professor of construction and project management at University College London (UCL). He was head of UCL’s Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management between 2002 and 2012. During this time, the school tripled in size.

Professor Morris’s research was in the areas of project strategy, competencies, organisational learning and climate change. He consistently emphasised the importance of managing the front-end of projects and managing projects as organisational entities, using the term ‘the management of projects’ to reflect this broader focus. He was the recipient of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) 2000 Research Achievement Award, the International Project Management Association’s (IPMA’s) 2009 Research Award, and the Association for Project Management’s (APM’s) 2008 Sir Monty Finniston Lifetime Achievement Award. He was chairman of APM from 1993 to 1996, and was vice-president from 1996-2020. He was deputy chairman of IPMA from 1995 to 1997.

He is the author or co-author of more than 120 papers and several books on the management of projects, including: The Anatomy of Major Projects (Wiley, 1987); The Management of Projects (Thomas Telford, 1994, 1997); The Wiley Guide to Managing Projects (Wiley, 2004); Translating Corporate Strategy into Project Strategy (PMI, 2004); The Oxford Handbook on Project Management (Oxford University Press, 2009); Reconstructing Project Management (Wiley, 2016); and Climate Change and What the Project Management Profession Should Be Doing About It (APM, 2017). In 2016, his work was honoured by a Festschrift in the International Journal of Project Management.

Prior to joining UCL, Professor Morris held academic posts at the universities of Oxford and Manchester. He also worked on major projects in the Middle East, Latin America, Russia, the UK and the USA as a project management consultant, and as a director of the global construction company Bovis.

Peter Morris Leaves Lasting Legacy

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