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Prof Alison Cotgrave

Prof Alison Cotgrave

Telephone: 0151 231 2837



I am Professor of Built Environment Education and Interim Head of Department of Built Environment with responsibility for Architectural Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Construction Management, Architectural Technology, Real Estate, Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying. I have worked in academia for 25 years and 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 a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Environmentalist, Fellow of the Leadership Foundation 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 a number of PhD students whose topics range from construction pedagogy 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 HEIs and a member 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

Interim Head of Department, Department of Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
External Examiner, Built Environment, University of Ulster, 2017 - present
Associate Dean (Quality Assurance and Enhancement), Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - 2019
External Examiner, Engineering, University of Limerick, 2016 - present
Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Technology and Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - 2016
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 - 2019


Journal article

Jannat N, Hussien A, Abdullah B, Cotgrave A. 2020. Application of agro and non-agro waste materials for unfired earth blocks construction: A review Construction and Building Materials, 254 DOI Public Url

Jannat N, Hussien A, Abdullah B, Cotgrave A. 2020. A Comparative Simulation Study of the Thermal Performances of the Building Envelope Wall Materials in the Tropics Sustainability, 12 :1-26 DOI Public Url

Cotgrave A, Wilson H. 2020. Learning Space Design: The presentation of a framework for the Built Environment Discipline International Journal of Construction Education and Research, DOI

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 Author Url 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 Author Url Public Url

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

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

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

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 DOI

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

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

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

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


Al-Khafajiy M, Shamsa TB, Hussien A, Cotgrave A. 2020. UAV and Fog Computing for IoE-Based Systems: A Case Study on Environment Disasters Prediction and Recovery Plans Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Smart Cities Springer DOI

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

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

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

Conference publication

Hussien A, Tucker M, Cotgrave A, Al-Khafajiy M, Shamsa TB. 2019. Optimizing Project Delivery through Augmented Reality and Agile Methodologies Developments in eSystems Engineering 2019, DOI Public Url

Karyono K, Abdullah BM, Cotgrave AJ, Bras AA. 2019. A smart adaptive lighting system for a multifunctional room Proceedings - International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering, DeSE, October-2019 :990-995 DOI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riley ML, cotgrave A. 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. 2009. Construction technology 2 9780230575714

Riley M, Cotgrave A. 2008. Construction technology 9780230203624

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

Riley M, Cotgrave A. Construction Technology House construction 9781137030177

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

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

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

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


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. 2013