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Prof Alison Cotgrave

Prof Alison Cotgrave

Telephone: 0151 231 2837


I am Subject Leader in the School of Built Environment with responsibility for Civil
Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Construction
Management and Architectural Technology, and have worked in
academia for 20 years. I was previously employed in the
construction industry as a site manager. After graduating with
BSc(Hons) Building in 1988 I subsequently completed a
Masters of Education at the University of Manchester in 1997,
followed by a PhD at LJMU in 2008. I am also Associate Dean
(Education) for the Faculty of Technology and Environment.
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Chartered
Surveyor, Chartered Environmentalist and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education
Academy. I have co-authored a number of books on Construction
Technology and have published extensively in the area of
Sustainability in Construction Education. I am currently on the
supervision teams for 5 PhD students whose topics range from the
psychological aspects of changing attitudes to sustainability via the
curriculum to the design of a decision making aid for the selection of
renewable/sustainable energy systems for buildings.
I am External Examiner at a number of UK HEIs and Chair
of the Chartered Institute of Building accreditation panel which
reviews and accredits Construction Management programmes in the
UK and internationally.


2008, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
1997, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MEd, Training and Development
1994, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PGCE
1988, Liverpool Polytechnic, United Kingdom, BSc, Building

Academic appointments

Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Technology and Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present
External Examiner, Edinburgh Napier University, 2013 - 2017
External Examiner, Anglia Ruskin University, 2010 - 2014
External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University, 2007 - 2012
External Examiner, University of Derby, 2003 - 2008
External Examiner, London South Bank University, 2002 - 2006
Subject Leader, Construction Design and Engineering, School of Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, 1994 - present


Journal article

Tucker MP, Masuri MR, Cotgrave AJ. 2017. Critical Strategic Issues for the Integration of Facilities Management into the Development Process Property Management, 35 >DOI >Public Url

Randles RJ, Cotgrave A. 2017. Measuring student learning gain: a review of transatlantic measurements of assessments in higher education Innovations in Practice, 11 :50-59 >Link >Public Url

Kot P, Shaw A, Ali A, Cotgrave A, Riley M. 2016. The feasibility of using electromagnetic waves in determining membrane failure through concrete International Journal of Civil Engineering, 15 :355-362 >DOI >Public Url

Wilson HK, Cotgrave AJ. 2016. Factors that influence students' satisfaction with their physical learning environments Structural Survey, 34 :256-275 >DOI >Public Url

Riley ML, cotgrave A, kokkarinen N. 2015. Prevalence of POE in UK Higher Education Institutions Structural Survey, 33 :1-12 >Public Url

Cotgrave AJ, Brennan M. 2014. Sustainable Development: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Current State of the UK Construction Industry Structural Survey, 32 :315-330

Cotgrave AJ, kokkarinen . 2013. Sustainability Literacy in Action: Student Experiences Structural Survey, 31 :56-66

Cotgrave AJ, riley M. 2012. Liverpool John Moores University’s World of Work Initiative and Its Incorporation into Construction Educational Programmes in Ghana Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies, 2

Cotgrave AJ, Kokkarinen N. 2011. Promoting sustainability literacy in construction students: Implementation and testing of a curriculum design model Structural Survey, 29 :197-212

Cotgrave AJ, kokkarinen N. 2010. Developing a model promoting sustainability literacy through construction curriculum design Structural Survey, 28 :266-280

Cotgrave AJ, Murray P. 2007. Sustainability literacy: the future paradigm for construction education Structural Survey, 25

Cotgrave AJ, al khaddar R. 2005. Greening the Curricula within Construction Programmes Journal of Education in the Built Environment,

Cotgrave AJ. 2005. Tuning the Undergraduate Construction Curriculum: Embedding Health, Safety and Environmental Issues in Order to Improve Employability CEBE Transactions, 2

Conference publication

Riley ML, cotgrave , hanmer-dwight R. 2016. The University Estate as a learning Environment: Interdepartmental collaboration to support students’ learning experience Innovation in Built Environment Education (iBEE) 2016

Riley ML, cotgrave A. 2014. Post-Occupancy Evaluation as a Tool for Performance Enhancement, RICS Cobra

Cotgrave AJ. 2014. Decision-making aid for the selection of renewable/sustainable energy systems for buildings rosinski , brady , al-shamma'a . 1st International Symposium on Energy Challenges & Mechanics (ISECM)

Cotgrave AJ, riley M. 2014. Student Perceptions of Educational Space Innovation in Built Environment Education (iBEE 2014), Collaborative Futures: Practice, Place and Professionals, 6th annual conference

Cotgrave AJ, Brennan M. 2014. Development of a Measure to Assess Attitudes Towards Sustainable Development in the Built Environment 29th Annual ARCOM Conference

Fearon DJ, Bryde D, Cotgrave AJ. 2013. Performance and Effectiveness in Higher Education Institutes: An Action Research Inquiry British Academy of Management (BAM2013)

Cotgrave AJ, Kokkarinen N. 2013. Changing Attitudes to Sustainable Construction and Project Management via the Higher Education Curricula RICS Cobra

Riley ML, cotgrave A. 2011. Liverpool JMU’s WoW® initiative and its incorporation into educational programmes in Ghana Association of Commonwealth Universities Conference,

rosinski , brady L, al-shamma'a , Cotgrave AJ. 2011. Decision making aid for selection of renewable/sustainable energy systems for buildings International conference on Sustainable Design and Construction

Cotgrave AJ, riley . 2011. Liverpool JMU’s WoW® initiative and its incorporation into educational programmes in Ghana Association of Commonwealth Universities Conference

Cotgrave AJ, kokkarinen . 2010. Built Environment Student Attitudes Toward the Environment. 26th Annual ARCOM Conference


Riley M, Cotgrave A. 2014. Construction Technology 2: Industrial and Commercial Building Palgrave Macmillan 9781137371690

Riley M, Cotgrave A. 2013. Construction Technology House construction 9781137030177

Cotgrave A, Riley M. 2013. Total Sustainability in the Built Environment Palgrave MacMillan 9780230390584

Riley M, Cotgrave A. 2011. Construction Technology 3 The Technology of Refurbishment and Maintenance Palgrave MacMillan 9780230290143

Riley M, Cotgrave A. 2009. Construction technology 2 9780230575714

Riley M, Cotgrave A. 2008. Construction technology 9780230203624

Riley M, Cotgrave A. 2005. The technology of refurbishment and maintenance 9781403940957

Riley M, Cotgrave A. 2003. Industrial and commercial building 9780333804827

Riley ML, cotgrave A. Construction Technology 1:House Construction (Arabic Edition) 978-614-434-010-3


cotgrave , kokkarinen . 2014. Are University Lecturers Literate in Sustainability? Thomas K, Muga H. Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development :607-619 IGI Global,. Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA

Kokkarinen N, Cotgrave AJ. 2014. Are university lecturers literate in sustainability? Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development :606-618 9781466658561 >DOI

Riley ML, cotgrave A. 2013. Liverpool JMU’s WoW® initiative and its incorporation into educational programmes in Ghana Abdullai R. A Compendium of International Real Estate Construction Issues


King DC, Cotgrave A. The Engineering Council’s influence on Building Services Engineering education and qualifications: towards an internationalist education and training model Tucker MP. >Public Url

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Performance and Effectiveness in higher Education Institutes: An Action Research Enquiry, British Academy of Management, Liverpool, UK, Oral presentation 10/09/2013