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Gimhan is an Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University undertaking teaching and research related to quantity surveying and construction project management. His educational qualifications are as follows:

  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management - 2012
  • MSc Construction Project Management - 2013
  • MSc Quantity Surveying - 2015
  • PhD Construction Management - 2021

Roles & Responsibilities

His current role involves the following:

  • Teaching: Cost Control Principles; Cost Modelling and Measurement; Measurement and Cost Evaluation; Shaping Tomorrow Together (A,B), Design Project
  • Research: Supervision of BSc and MSc research dissertations; Supervision of PhD students
  • Administrative: Admissions Tutor and Year 01 Co-ordinator - BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying/Construction Project Management programmes

Research interests

  • Applications of system dynamics and systems thinking in project management
  • Cost overruns in construction megaprojects
  • Behavioural economics in project management
  • Building and transportation economics
  • The use of AI, data science, digital twins, and blockchain in project management
  • Net-zero Carbon and delivery of infrastructure megaprojects
  • Applications of Critical Realism
  • Methodological developments in qualitative data analysis
  • Learning and teaching in the built environment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Policy Council Member - UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society


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