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1994 …2020
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Research interests


My research interests revolve around the relationship between project complexity, project management methodologies and the management of resources pertaining to “integrated delivery” in project environments. Within this theme I am currently supervising PhD projects addressing issues of process innovation, including BIM maturity assessment tools, knowledge sharing, value benchmarking, sustainable construction management practices and end-of-life component management.


I also have a research interest in teaching and learning innovations which has naturally evolved from managing distance and flexible learning programmes and the need to develop innovative methods of delivery. I has a particular passion for exploring the concept of ‘life-long-learning’ and the ‘learner journey’ and recent research projects include: problem-based e-learning; feedback practices for e-tutors; unit evaluation techniques for distance learning delivery; the web residency habits of students; the use of animation as a teaching resource.


Teaching interests

I have extensive experience in programme management, curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have worked as an independent consultant on a number of international educational pedagogy projects in the built environment. I has served on academic accreditation and review committees in Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, Tanzania and the Middle East.

Willing to supervise PhD

Communication and BIM

Managing project complexity

Decision making models

Health and safety

Demolition and end-of-life management

Sustainable construction management skills

Learning and teaching innovation

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Projects 2014 2020

Minimising Energy in Construction (MEICON)

Emmitt, S. & Copping, A.


Project: Research council

Healthy Housing for the Displaced

Coley, D., Adeyeye, K., Ball, R., Copping, A., Holley, J., Natarajan, S. & Orr, J.


Project: Research council

Minimising Energy in Construction (MEICON)

Orr, J., Copping, A., Emmitt, S. & Ibell, T.


Project: Research council

Construction industry
Energy conservation
Energy utilization
Concrete buildings
Energy efficiency

Working with New forms of Online Practice in the Disciplines: The Challenges of Web Residency

Copping, A.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1994 2018

Fit for purpose? Sustainability and the design studio

Grover, R., Emmitt, S. & Copping, A. 12 Sep 2018 p. 257-268 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Minimising Energy in Construction: Practitioners' Views on Material Efficiency

Copping, A., Ibell, T., Emmitt, S., Walker, I., Orr, J. & Drewniok, M. 10 Sep 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Resources, Conservation and Recycling.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk: Are Career Academics Gatekeepers to Student Tacit Knowledge?

Murray, M. D., Tennant, S., Craig, N., Copping, A. & Pilcher, N. 1 Jun 2017 In : Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. 5, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access
academic career

The Application of Emerging Technologies in the Measurement of Production and Productivity Data on Construction Sites

Copping, A. 12 Jun 2017 CIB W099 & TG059 Towards Better Safety, Health and People in Construction Conference.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Citations

The fall and rise of experiential construction and engineering education: decoupling and recoupling practice and theory

Forster, A. M., Pilcher, N., Tennant, S., Murray, M. D., Craig, N. & Copping, A. 2017 In : Higher Education Pedagogies. 2, 1, p. 79-100

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

experiential education