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Dr Niraj Thurairajah

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Niraj is an Associate Professor in Built Environment and leads the Construction, Process and Management research group at Northumbria University. Niraj’s research interests cover people and process related aspects of the built environment including how organisations and people work in the context of technological innovation, disaster resilience, education and skills development.

He has previously led the Digital Construction centre at Birmingham City University and managed the MSc in Building Information Modelling and Management programme. He has worked with a number of companies including Willmott Dixon, Ministry of Justice, Building Alliance, Wienerberger, KPMG, AHR Global Architects, Associated Architects, Cundall, Costain, NG Bailey, Mott MacDonald, Rider Levett Bucknall, Thomas Vale and ACIVICO. Between 2007-11, as an academic coordinator at the UK Higher Education Academy’s Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) he has led several accelerating change initiatives to foster collaboration and dialogue between industry, higher education and professional bodies.

He has made more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, coordinated various conferences, involved extensively in research bidding and managed several research and employer engagement projects such as ORBEE, ACBEE, ExcelDL, ISLAND I & II, CKE and H2B innovation grants.

Niraj Thurairajah

Campus Address

Room 108
Sutherland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Niraj is an Associate Professor in Built Environment and leads the Construction, Process and Management research group at Northumbria University. Niraj’s research interests cover people and process related aspects of the built environment including how organisations and people work in the context of technological innovation, disaster resilience and education. He has previously led the Digital Construction centre at BCU and managed the MSc in BIM and Management programme. His research interests are:  

  • Construction Project Management – Niraj’s main focus is on cost management aspects of projects. He is an ARCOM committee member and interested in construction management research covering procurement routes including integrated project insurance, Modern Method of Construction and offsite manufacturing, cultural and leadership challenges in projects and supply chain management.
  • Digital construction – Niraj explores the wider impact of digitalisation on the built environment and focuses on people and process related aspects of Building Information Modelling. He has worked with clients, consultants, contractors and manufacturers in various digital initiatives. His current digital transformation interest is on housing, infrastructure and asset management areas.
  • Disaster resilience – His current research focuses on socio-technical aspects of disaster resilience, mainly on disaster resilience using information modelling and stakeholder management. He has contributed to RICS funded disaster resilience projects that focused on developing knowledge management capacity for disaster management in the built environment.
  • Built Environment Education: He was an Academic Coordinator in the UK Higher Education Academy’s Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) between 2008 and 2011. He managed and contributed to various accelerating change agenda initiatives to foster collaboration and dialogue between industry, higher education and professional bodies.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Can Lean Principles Assist to Reduce BIM Implementation Costs?: A Contemporary Application of Lean Principles to the Sri Lankan Construction Industry, Weerasinghe, L., Rathnasinghe, A., Jayasena, H., Thurairajah, N., Thayaparan, M. 8 Feb 2024, In: Benchmarking: An International Journal
  • Overcoming data utilization challenges for built environment flood resilience: Strategies and best practices, Rathnasiri, P., Adeniyi, O., Thurairajah, N. 26 Mar 2024, In: Journal of Flood Risk Management
  • Rethinking digital construction: a study of BIM uptake capability in BIM infant construction industries, Adeniyi, O., Thurairajah, N., Leo-Olagbaye, F. 13 Feb 2024, In: Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
  • Sustainable Smart City Technologies and Their Impact on Users’ Energy Consumption Behaviour, Ramli, H., Mokhtar Azizi, Z., Thurairajah, N. 6 Feb 2024, In: Energies
  • Affordance-led framework of understanding of BIM adoption, Jayasena, H., Thurairajah, N., Perera, B., Siriwardena, M. 7 Sep 2023, In: International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR
  • A Knowledge Framework for Blockchain-enabled Smart Contract Adoption in the Construction Industry, Weerapperuma, U., Rathnasinghe, A., Jayasena, S., Wijewickrama, C., Thurairajah, N. 20 Jul 2023, In: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
  • An investigation of the conflict management strategies in international construction joint ventures of Sri Lanka, Thilakarathna, N., Rathnasinghe, A., Kulatunga, U., Thurairajah, N., Weerasinghe, L. 13 Nov 2023, In: Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction
  • A review on bioinspired strategies for an energy-efficient built environment, Shashwat, S., Zingre, K., Thurairajah, N., Kumar, D., Panicker, K., Anand, P., Wan, M. 1 Oct 2023, In: Energy and Buildings
  • Critical Factors Influencing Adoption of Blockchain-Enabled Smart Contracts in Construction Projects, Ameyaw, E., Edwards, D., Kumar, B., Thurairajah, N., Owusu-Manu, D., Oppong, G. Mar 2023, In: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: The 39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023 2023
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: The 38th Annual ARCOM Conference 2022: Build Back Wiser 2022
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: ARCOM Doctoral Workshop in Association with CIB Working Commission on Disasters and the Built Environment (W120) 2019
  • Other: Failure and learning in UK project-based organisations: A cross-sector examination of actor approaches, intentions, and behaviours 2018

  • Nigamuni Geeth Anshumal Mendis Jayathilaka A Blockchain-based Embodied Carbon Data Management System for Building sector Start Date: 01/05/2021
  • Jianfeng Zhao Rethinking Value for Money in Public Private Partnerships: A critique, analysis, and model for transport infrastructure projects Start Date: 18/12/2020 End Date: 24/02/2023
  • Vasil Atanasov Reduction of Transaction Costs in Construction Projects: a conceptual model for an Automated Delay Analysis System. Start Date: 10/08/2021 End Date: 20/09/2021
  • Akila Rathnasinghe An Integrated Whole-life Solution for Modular Housing in the United Kingdom Start Date: 01/06/2021
  • Nigamuni Geeth Anshumal Mendis Jayathilaka A Blockchain-based Embodied Carbon Data Management System for Building sector Start Date: 01/05/2021 End Date: 28/06/2023


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