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The engagement of the UK construction industry towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (2024)
Journal Article
Watts, G. (2024). The engagement of the UK construction industry towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/bepam-12-2022-0198

Purpose (limit 100 words) The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a blueprint for UN member states to achieve prosperity and peace. A resilient construction industry should positively contribute to the achievement of all SDGs. Yet it is curr... Read More about The engagement of the UK construction industry towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Framing the barriers to construction industry transformation (2022)
Journal Article
Watts, G., McDermott, P., & Kolo, S. (in press). Framing the barriers to construction industry transformation. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/bepam-01-2022-0010

Purpose (limit 100 words) ‘Transforming construction’ is a wide-ranging strategic term, under which sit numerous initiatives. It is the latest, in a long line of strategies and reports introduced to with the intention of industry improvement. Arguabl... Read More about Framing the barriers to construction industry transformation.

A strategy for stakeholder engagement in public private partnership urban infrastructure provision in Nigeria (2022)
Thesis
Usman, B. A strategy for stakeholder engagement in public private partnership urban infrastructure provision in Nigeria. (Thesis). University of Salford

This thesis examines how external stakeholders are engaged in Public Private Partnership Urban Infrastructure Projects. The study aims to develop a framework to improve stakeholder engagement in the delivery of PPP urban infrastructure projects in Ni... Read More about A strategy for stakeholder engagement in public private partnership urban infrastructure provision in Nigeria.

Identifying the Barriers to Sustainable Management of Construction and Demolition Waste in Developed and Developing Countries (2022)
Journal Article
Al-Otaibi, A., Bowan, P. A., Abdel daiem, M. M., Said, N., Ebohon, J. O., Alabdullatief, A., …Watts, G. (2022). Identifying the Barriers to Sustainable Management of Construction and Demolition Waste in Developed and Developing Countries. Sustainability, 14(13), 7532. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14137532

The construction industry is a vital part of every nation’s economy. Construction activities influence the social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainability. There are so many barriers to sustainable construction and demolition waste man... Read More about Identifying the Barriers to Sustainable Management of Construction and Demolition Waste in Developed and Developing Countries.

Transforming slums through urban intensification (2022)
Journal Article
Omer, K., Watts, G., & Moustaka, A. (2022). Transforming slums through urban intensification. ISUF Annual Conference proceedings, https://doi.org/10.17868/strath.00080356

Unplanned rapid urbanization is leading to the mass formation of informal settlements in many developing cities around the world. It is estimated that globally approximately 30% of urban residents inhabit such informal settlements. These settlements... Read More about Transforming slums through urban intensification.

The effective creation of social value in infrastructure delivery (2021)
Journal Article
Watts, G., Higham, A., & Abowen-Dake, R. (2021). The effective creation of social value in infrastructure delivery. Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, 175(4), 167-174. https://doi.org/10.1680/jensu.21.00052

The need to create social value during the delivery of infrastructure projects is growing in importance. However, it can be argued that the initial expectations of stakeholders at the outset of projects are not being achieved once the project is deli... Read More about The effective creation of social value in infrastructure delivery.

If the Only Tool You Have Is a Hammer, You Will Treat Everything as a Nail: Exploring Why Construction Contractors Monetise Social Value (2021)
Journal Article
Watts, G., & Higham, A. (2021). If the Only Tool You Have Is a Hammer, You Will Treat Everything as a Nail: Exploring Why Construction Contractors Monetise Social Value. Journal of Leadership Accountability and Ethics, 18(3), https://doi.org/10.33423/jlae.v18i3.4405

The need to measure and communicate Social Value (SV) is now a priority for many construction contractors. However, this can prove difficult as there exists a conflict at the heart of SV between its subjective nature and the objective way SV is often... Read More about If the Only Tool You Have Is a Hammer, You Will Treat Everything as a Nail: Exploring Why Construction Contractors Monetise Social Value.

Continuous professional development changes for construction professionals post Covid-19 (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Watts, G., & Harris, N. (2021, March). Continuous professional development changes for construction professionals post Covid-19. Presented at Exploring Contemporary Issues and Challenges in the Construction Industry: (CCC2021), the 5th Coventry University Construction Conference, Online

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement of all Chartered construction professionals. The benefits of CPD are also espoused by many construction companies so arguably CPD should also be undertaken by all professionals regardless of... Read More about Continuous professional development changes for construction professionals post Covid-19.

Comparing construction professionals job descriptions with university modules. Do the modules taught match the needs required? (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Harris, N., & Watts, G. (2021, March). Comparing construction professionals job descriptions with university modules. Do the modules taught match the needs required?. Presented at Exploring Contemporary Issues and Challenges in the Construction Industry: (CCC2021), the 5th Coventry University Construction Conference, Online

Long before Covid19 the roles and requirements of construction professionals have been evolving. The pandemic has served to increase this pace of change. Some of these changes are temporary (although who knows for how long) whilst other changes could... Read More about Comparing construction professionals job descriptions with university modules. Do the modules taught match the needs required?.

Stakeholder perceptions of the Considerate Constructors Scheme in UK construction (2020)
Journal Article
Watts, G., Higham, A., & Alotaibi, A. (2021). Stakeholder perceptions of the Considerate Constructors Scheme in UK construction. Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, 174(1), 46-52. https://doi.org/10.1680/jensu.20.00028

The Considerate Constructors Scheme was introduced in 1997 to improve the image of the UK construction industry and has grown dramatically with over 6,000 construction and infrastructure projects registered valued at £43 billion. Whilst evidence exis... Read More about Stakeholder perceptions of the Considerate Constructors Scheme in UK construction.

Forgetting social value and other good practices in construction supply chains : procurement in pandemics (2020)
Journal Article
Watts, G. (2020). Forgetting social value and other good practices in construction supply chains : procurement in pandemics. International journal of construction supply chain management, 10(4), 221-233. https://doi.org/10.14424/IJCSCM100420-221-233

The construction industry is a major contributor to the UK economy and provides additional benefits for wider society including the creation of social value. The creation of social value is highly dependent upon the construction industry supply chain... Read More about Forgetting social value and other good practices in construction supply chains : procurement in pandemics.

Paradox and legitimacy in construction : how CSR reports restrict CSR practice (2018)
Journal Article
Watts, G., Fernie, S., & Dainty, A. (2019). Paradox and legitimacy in construction : how CSR reports restrict CSR practice. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 37(2), 231-246. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-05-2018-0037

Purpose – Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a prominent topic of debate, and yet remains subject to multiple interpretations. Despite this ambiguity, organisations need to communicate their CSR activity effectively in order to meet varied st... Read More about Paradox and legitimacy in construction : how CSR reports restrict CSR practice.

Sustainability education in the UK construction industry : are universities preparing construction professionals for a sustainable future?
Presentation / Conference
Harris, N., & Watts, G. Sustainability education in the UK construction industry : are universities preparing construction professionals for a sustainable future?. Presented at International SEEDS Conference 2021, Leeds

The requirements of professional roles within the construction industry are frequently evolving to meet new demands. One such demand is the sustainability agenda. All stakeholders now have expectations pertaining to the behaviour of construction orga... Read More about Sustainability education in the UK construction industry : are universities preparing construction professionals for a sustainable future?.

The link between the UN Sustainable Development Goals and social sustainability in the UK construction industry
Presentation / Conference
Watts, G. The link between the UN Sustainable Development Goals and social sustainability in the UK construction industry. Presented at International SEEDS Conference 2021, Leeds

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were adopted by all members of the United Nations (UN) in 2015 with the aim of increasing the rate of socio-economic development. According to the UN there is a link between all SDGs, with the success of ach... Read More about The link between the UN Sustainable Development Goals and social sustainability in the UK construction industry.

Social value practices in housing associations' construction procurement in northwest England
Presentation / Conference
Abowen-Dake, R., Higham, A., Farrell, P., & Watts, G. Social value practices in housing associations' construction procurement in northwest England. Presented at ARCOM 36th Annual Conference :building a common good in construction, Online

Housing associations (HAs) embed social value (SV) in construction procurement processes and use social clauses as contractual Mechanisms to compel construction supply chains (CSCs) to deliver expected requirements. Whereas extant literature provi... Read More about Social value practices in housing associations' construction procurement in northwest England.

How the Social Value Act (2012) contributes to wealth inequality in the UK construction industry
Presentation / Conference
construction industry. Presented at International SEEDS Conference 2020 Climate Emergency – Applying Sustainability, Online (was due to be held at Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK)

The Social Value Act (2012) (SVA) has legitimised public clients’ use of socially responsible procurement criteria in construction and is used by some Local Authorities (LA's) with the ultimate aim of reducing inequality. Despite this, reports sugg... Read More about How the Social Value Act (2012) contributes to wealth inequality in the UK construction industry.

A hammer only sees nails : why construction contractors monetise social value
Presentation / Conference
value. Presented at International SEEDS Conference 2020 Climate Emergency – Applying Sustainability, Online (was due to be held at Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK)

tion, Social Value, Corporate Social Responsibility, Legislation. Abstract: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the UK construction industry has been growing in awareness and expectation over the previous decades. Whilst at first the focus of... Read More about A hammer only sees nails : why construction contractors monetise social value.

Measuring social value in construction
Presentation / Conference
Watts, G., Dainty, A., & Fernie, S. Measuring social value in construction. Presented at ARCOM 2019 (35th Annual Conference), Leeds Beckett University

Within the UK construction industry Social Value (SV) is a public sector procurement criterion of such importance that how a contractor engages with SV could ultimately be the difference between procurement success and failure. Contactors are increas... Read More about Measuring social value in construction.