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Scholarly biography

Kassim Gidado is the course leader for the project management for construction and construction management postgraduate programmes in the School of Environment and Technology. He is a Chartered Building Engineer and Chartered Construction Manager with over 35 years research, teaching and professional practice experience in private and public sectors in a number of countries. He was a Chief Executive Officer of a major consultancy practice that delivered major international infrastructure projects. He advised governments and captains of industry on strategic and policy issues especially regarding private sector participation in the provision of public services in developing economies.

Kassim has authored more than 80 papers in journals and conferences and commissioned reports in the fields of project management for construction, public procurement, private sector participation in provision of public services, housing, highway engineering management and environmental studies. He has supervised 13 PhDs to completion and has examined many in various fields ranging from Civil Engineering to Environmental Studies. He played key role in the development of financial, technical and legal frameworks for funding infrastructure projects in developing economies using public private partnerships (PPP).

He is currently the Co-Editor of the Journal of Engineering, Project and Production Management, and he is also a member of numerous editorial boards of other reputable journals. He is the immediate past President of the International Association of Engineering, Project and Production Management (EPPM).

Kassim specific research interest lies in understanding complex systems in construction projects, application of PPP, risk management, and value management. He has presented keynote speeches/lectures in numerous international events across the world.

Approach to teaching

My approach to teaching is always to blend theory with practice using latest published research and industry best practices. I normally start by introducing the subject and define the ‘state of the art’ from published material and experience from the industry. I then attempt to compare the ideas or processes or systems currently used in construction with other industries such as automobile, aircraft or IT industries in order to reveal strengths and weaknesses. This is expected to trigger students to engage by asking the why, what, how, where and when the construction industry could learn from other industries to improve value. The students would begin to think critically and to understand that there is always room for improvement or furtherance of any knowledge or practice. The lectures/workshops lead to the coursework, which is always set in a manner that it gives the student the leading role in the attempt to solve a real-life construction problem hence help to put students on the driving seat for their life-long learning process. Group or one-to-one tutorials are held with students putting forward their initial response to the assignment brief and I provide formative feedback for them to improve their approach and outcome.

In the final year, I expect students to be able to independently identify a problem in the construction industry and develop a proposal to investigate the issue and produce some plausible recommendations to improve the situation or resolve the problem within clearly stated boundaries.

Research interests

My research interest is in the intersection of engineering, project and facilities management with particular focus on risk management, project complexity, and PPP. Recently, I have been working on the application of PPP in developing economies, subjective safety in large space buildings, and measuring project complexity in construction. We have international collaborations with institutions across the world and meet annually in an international conference attended by researchers, engineers, managers, students and practitioners to present and discuss current and emerging research issues, problems, questions, findings and new developments.

Education/Academic qualification







External positions

Past President, Engineering, Project and Production Management Association

2016 → …

Co-Editor, Engineering, Project and Production Management Journal


Member, Bauchi State Transition Technical Committee


Waziri, Jama'are Emirate Council

2012 → …

Special Assistant/Advisor, Minister, Federal Ministry of Police Affairs, Nigeria


Project Consultant, PPP Project Implementation in Nigeria


Fellow, Chartered Association of Building Engineers

2000 → …

Member, The Chartered Institute of building

1989 → …


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • TH Building construction

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Research Output

  • 39 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 11 Article
  • 10 Chapter
  • 2 Other contribution
Open Access
  • The Effect of Perceived Safety on User Behaviour in the Holy Mosque

    Gidado, K. & Alkhadim, M., 4 Mar 2020, The 10th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management, EPPM 2019: The 10th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management. Panuwatwanich, K. & Ko, C-H. (eds.). Springer International Publishing AG, p. 471-482 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering ).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

  • Defining and Testing a Safety Cognition Framework Incorporating Safety Hazard Perception

    Han, Y., Yin, Z., Liu, J., Jin, R. R., Painting, N., Gidado, K., Yang, Y. & Yan, L., 30 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 145, 12, 04019081.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • Confirmatory factor analysis of perceived risk factors for crowd safety in large buildings

    Alkhadim, M., Gidado, K. & Painting, N., 15 Mar 2018, 8th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Product Management (EPPM 2017). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 1-10 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

    Open Access