Dr Nnedinma Umeokafor

School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Nnedinma is a Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to joining Liverpool John Moores University, he was a Senior Lecturer in Construction Law and the Course Leader for all undergraduate BSc programmes (BSc Quantity Surveying Consultancy, BSc Building Surveying, and BSc Construction Management) in the Department of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction Management at Kingston University, London, United Kingdom. He has held academic positions in other higher education institutions in the UK, for example the University of Greenwich, University of East London and University College of Estate Management (UCEM) where he also sat in the school's Research Committee. He has also held various industrial and consultancy positions abroad and the UK, the most recent being a Health and Safety Manager.

He is qualified to doctoral level where his thesis examines complex regulatory systems in construction health and safety. Other academic qualifications include an MSc in Project Management, where his dissertation centres on sustainable behaviour, another MSc in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management where his dissertation focuses on digital technologies in infrastructure development, and the National Compliance and Risk Qualifications (NCRQ) and AIM Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety (Dip NCRQ) (equivalent to honours degree).

Nnedinma is research-active with over 60 research output including publications in leading reputable refereed built environment and safety, health and environment journals (e.g. Elsevier Safety Science), international conferences (e.g. International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) W099), book chapters and reports. He is the first or sole author in at least 40 of them and the second in at least seven. He is a member of the editorial review panel of the Journal of Construction Business and Management and a regular reviewer for 10 high-ranking international journals (e.g. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, International Journal of Construction Management, Construction Management and Economics, Elsevier Safety Science ) and a number of international conferences such as the CIB W099 and W123. He is a Member of CIB W078 —Information Technology for Construction and a Member of CIB W099 — Safety, Health and Wellbeing in Construction. While Nnedinma is a socio-legal scholar with a focus on regulation and compliance, other areas of his research are diversity, equality and inclusion; higher education research; health, safety, environment and well-being; construction and project management; and construction procurement. He is open to supervising doctorates in these areas.

Nnedinma has served and serves as external examiner (for PhD, MSc research projects and academic programmes) in Universities in the UK and abroad, for example, Universities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa; De Montfort University, United Kingdom; and Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Also, he has chaired PhD examination at Kingston University, United Kingdom. Nnedinma has reviewed for National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. He serves as a member of the Local Organising Committee of the Construction Business and Project Management conference in South Africa and has served as Guest Editor for International Journal of Construction Management, International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management, and the Journal of Construction Business and Management.

Nnedinma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and holds a chartered membership status with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) as a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB). He is also a Full Member of the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and a Graduate Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). He is a Mentor for applicants who want to undergo CIOB chartered membership professional review. Working with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and IOSH Magazine, he engages with occupational safety, health and welfare professionals and others with interest in these areas through IOSH magazine articles. This magazine is read by more than 48,000 safety, health and welfare professionals globally. This provides him with the opportunity to stimulate discussions on burning issues and transfer knowledge. He has delivered CPDs to organisations. For example, recently, under the invitation of IOSH (global), he was part of a three-expert discussion panel in a webinar delivered to IOSH members globally and other occupational safety, health and welfare professionals around the world. An event that witnessed over 890 attendees. Other recent events where he has delivered talks include the 2nd African Research Universities Alliance Conference where over 170 people attended. While he is the Secretary of IOSH London Metropolitan Construction Section (2021 to 2023), he is a Member of Health in Construction Leadership group UK. As an Approved STEM Ambassador for construction and the built environment, he has a platform to inspire and motivate younger people to take up a career in the construction industry.

Nnedinma has received various honours/recognitions/awards not limited to CIB W099 bursary Award; UCEM Principal's Development Award; UCEM Values award for Passion ' and three nominations from the school of which two are for the teaching award of ‘Recognition of Excellence' for two consecutive years and one for ‘Innovation in Teaching and Learning'; the 2019 Taylor and Francis Book and Digital Product Award in the Outstanding Monograph Category in 2020; and the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) Best Paper Award at the 9th World Construction Symposium, 9-10 July 2021, Sri Lanka. More about Nnedinma can be found on nnedinmaumeokafor.com

Degrees

University of Greenwich, United Kingdom, PhD in Regulation and Compliance, and Construction Management (Health, Safety and Environment)
University of Greenwich, United Kingdom, MSc in Project Management
National Compliance and Risk Qualifications - NCRQ, United Kingdom, NCRQ Level 6 Diploma (equiv. to a degree) in Applied Health and Safety (Dip NCRQ)
Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom, MSc in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Managament

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present
Senior Lecturer in Construction Law, Kingston University, 2021 - 2021
External Examiner, PhD, University of Johannesburg, 2021 - 2021
External Examiner, MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing programme, Cardiff Metropolitan University (at Dimensions International College, Singapore), 2021 - present
External Examiner, Two Modules BEng (Hons) Construction Project Management (Level 6), TNE partner of De Montfort University, UK in Sri Lanka, 2021 - present
External Examiner, MSc Research Project, University of Cape Town, 2020 - 2020
External Examiner, MSc Research Project, University of Cape Town, 2020 - 2021
Internal Chair, PhD Viva, Kingston University, 2020 - 2020
Reviewer, National Research Foundation, 2020 - 2020
Course Leader for BSc Quantity Surveying Consultancy, BSc Building Surveying, and BSc Construction Management, Kingston University, 2020 - 2021
External Examiner, PhD proposal, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 2019 - 2019
Lecturer in Construction Law, Kingston University, 2019 - 2021
Lecturer, University College of Estate Management, 2017 - 2019
Lecturer, Construction Design and Management, Barking and Dagenham College, 2017 - 2017

Conference publication

Umar T, Umeokafor N. 2021. A review of the costs of accidents in GCC construction Hare B, Sherratt F, Emuze F. Joint CIB WO99 & W123 Annual International Conference 2021 Public Url

Umar T, Umeokafor N. 2021. A new safety climate assessment tool for Gulf construction 9th World Construction Symposium, DOI Publisher Url

Dixon LR, Umeokafor N. 2021. Determinants of smart technology adoption in the construction phase of projects : a scoping study of the United Kingdom Construction Business and Project Management Conference : Conceptualizing challenges and opportunities in the construction industry, Publisher Url

Diugwu IA, Musa HD, Umeokafor N, Sanusi YA. 2021. A scoping study of barriers and drivers of sustainable design and construction in Nigeria Construction Business and Project Management Conference : Conceptualizing challenges and opportunities in the construction industry, Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Okoro C. 2020. Barriers to social support in the mental health and wellbeing of construction workers in emerging and developing economies : a systematic review Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Windapo A. 2020. Improving the mental health and wellbeing of building and civil engineering workers : barriers to flexible working Publisher Url

Alade K, Windapo A, Umeokafor N. 2020. Sustainable contractor development : do CEOs/company leaders make a difference? Publisher Url

Haroglu H, Umeokafor N. 2020. What is happening in Quality Management in the UK construction industry? Publisher Url

Dixon LR, Umeokafor N, Haroglu H, Turner K, Dyer I. 2020. What features of higher education apprenticeship effect apprentice satisfaction and engagement and how? Kingston University Festival of Learning 2020 : Supporting Students and Staff in Challenging Times, Publisher Url

Umeokafor N. 2018. Construction health and safety research in Nigeria : towards a sustainable future Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference : Coping with the Complexity of Safety, Health and Wellbeing in Construction, Publisher Url

Umeokafor NI, Windapo AO, Manu P. 2018. Country context-based opportunities for improving health and safety Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference : Coping with the Complexity of Safety, Health and Wellbeing in Construction, Publisher Url

Windapo AO, Umeokafor NI, Olatunji OA. 2018. Self-regulation amongst South African contractors in achieving legislative requirements on occupational health and safety Joint CIB W099 and TG59 Conference : Coping with the Complexity of Safety, Health, and Wellbeing in Construction, Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Olukemi WA. 2016. A framework for managing contextual influence on health and safety in construction projects 9th cidb Postgraduate Conference: Emerging trends in construction organisational practices and project management knowledge area, :285-294 Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Isaac D. 2015. Understanding the regulatory activities of the health and safety regulator in Nigeria CIB W099 Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction, :488-498 Publisher Url

Umeokafor N. 2015. An assessment of the influence of contextual environment on health and safety practices in the Nigerian construction industry CIB WO99 International Health and Safety Conference, :397-406 Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Isaac D. 2015. A framework for analysing the determinants of health and safety self-regulation in the construction industry CIB W099 Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction, :478-487 Publisher Url

Umeokafor N. 2015. The influence of contextual factors on health and safety performance of construction contractors in Nigeria : a comparative assessment 10th Annual Plymouth University Doctoral Colloquium 2015 : Challenging Practice Through Research, Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Umeadi B, Jones K. 2014. Compliance with occupational health and safety regulations : a review of Nigeria’s construction industry 3rd International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa (ICIDA) 2014, Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Isaac D, Jones K, Umeadi B. 2013. Enforcement of occupational safety and health regulations in Nigeria: An exploration 1st International Scientific Forum, 3 :93-104 Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Haroglu H, Dixon L, Dyer I, Turner K. An Appraisal of Apprentices’ Satisfaction and Engagement. Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference Proceedings. Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy, 29th – 30th June 2021, The Open University, UK.

Journal article

Nuseeb M, Koussa M, Matshidze L, Umeokafor N, Windapo A. 2021. Client Characteristics related Critical Success Factors for Public-Private Partnerships in South Africa International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management, 11 :49-68 DOI

Umeokafor N, Okoro C, Diugwu I, Umar T. 2021. Design for safety in construction in Nigeria : a qualitative inquiry of the critical opportunities International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, DOI Publisher Url

Windapo AO, Adediran AA, Rotimi JOB, Umeokafor N. 2021. Construction project performance : the role of client knowledge and procurement systems Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N. 2021. Briefing : the role of higher-education apprenticeship in apprentices? mental health and well-being Management, Procurement and Law, DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Windapo A, Olatunji O. 2020. Briefing : a conceptual framework for integrating health, safety and wellbeing into labour-only procurement Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law, DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Evangelinos K, Windapo A. 2020. Strategies for improving complex construction health and safety regulatory environments International Journal of Construction Management, DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N. 2020. Why copied or transposed safety, health and well-being legislation and standards are impracticable and irrelevant in developing economies Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 18 :41-54 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Windapo A, Evangelinos K. 2019. Causal inferences of external?contextual domains on complex construction, safety, health and environment regulation Safety Science, 118 :379-388 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Windapo A. 2019. The influence of religious consciousness on construction health and safety practices and performance Journal of Construction in Developing Countries, 24 :23-47 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Umeokafor N. 2018. An investigation into public and private clients’ attitudes, commitment and impact on construction health and safety in Nigeria Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 25 :798-815 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Windapo AO. 2018. Understanding the underrepresentation of qualitative research approaches to built environment research in Nigeria International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 14 :198-217 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Windapo A. 2018. Challenges to and opportunities for establishing a qualitative approach to built environment research in higher education institutions Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 16 :557-580 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N. 2018. Community interventions in construction health and safety and the implications Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 23 :312-329 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N. 2017. An appraisal of the barriers to client involvement in health and safety in Nigeria’s construction industry Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 15 :471-487 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N. 2017. Barriers to construction health and safety self-regulation : a scoping case of Nigeria Civil Engineering Dimension, 19 :44-53 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Isaac D. 2016. Construction health and safety self-regulation in developing countries : a Nigeria case study Journal for the Advancement of Performance Information & Value, 8 :74-87 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N. 2016. Approaches, drivers and motivators of health and safety self-regulation in the Nigerian construction industry : a scoping study Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12 :460-475 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor NI. 2015. A discussion of obser-view as a method of generating data in the construction industry Civil Engineering Dimension, 17 :54-58 DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Isaac D, Umeadi B. 2014. Determinants of compliance with health and safety regulations in Nigeria’s construction industry Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation, 4 :882-899 Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Umeadi B, Jones K, Igwegbe O. 2014. Compliance with occupational safety and health regulations in Nigeria’s public regulatory entity : a call for attention International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, 4 Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Isaac D, Jones K, Umeadi B. 2014. Enforcement of occupational safety and health regulations in Nigeria : an exploration European Scientific Journal, 3 :93-104 Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Evaggelinos K, Lundy S, Isaac D, Allan S, Igwegbe O, Umeokafor K, Umeadi B. 2014. The pattern of occupational accidents, injuries, accident causal factors and intervention in Nigerian factories Developing Country Studies, 4 :119-127 Publisher Url

Report

Umeokafor N, Soares A. 2021. The influence of higher education apprenticeship on the mental health and wellbeing of apprentices. The influence of higher education apprenticeship on the mental health and wellbeing of apprentices.

Umeokafor N, Haroglu H, Turner K, Dyer I. 2020. Investigating the delivery features of apprenticeship courses for apprentices’ satisfaction and engagement. Investigating the delivery features of apprenticeship courses for apprentices’ satisfaction and engagement.

Poster

Soares A, Umeokafor N. 2021. The mental health and wellbeing of apprentices : what have we been missing?

Umeokafor N, Haroglu H, Dixon L, Turner K, Dyer I. 2020. What features of higher education apprenticeship effect apprentice Satisfaction and Engagement and How? In: Kingston University Festival of Learning 2020 : Supporting Students and Staff in Challenging Times

Internet publication

Umeokafor N. 2021. THE DANGERS OF POOR IMITATIONS Publisher Url

Book

Windapo AO, Aiyetan AO, Umeokafor N, Okoro CS, Adediran A, Mtya A. Proceedings of the Construction Business & Project Management Conference. Cape Town, South Africa : University of Cape Town. ISBN 9780620916530 Umeokafor N. 9780620916530

Chapters

Olatunji O, Windapo A, Umeokafor N. 2020. Ad hoc and post hoc analysis of contractors’ safety risks during procurement in Nigeria Manu P, Emuze F, Saurin TA, Hadikusumo BHW. Construction health and safety in developing countries :128-139 Routledge. Abingdon, U.K. DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Evangelinos K, Windapo A. 2020. Implications and opportunities in a complex construction health and safety regulatory environment Manu P, Emuze F, Saurin TA, Hadikusumo BHW. Construction health and safety in developing countries :15-28 Routledge. Abingdon, U.K. DOI Publisher Url

Windapo A, Olatunji O, Umeokafor N. 2020. Contractors’ compliance with occupational health and safety legislation in South Africa : the benefits of self-regulation Manu P, Emuze F, Saurin TA, Hadikusumo BHW. Construction health and safety in developing countries :29-42 Routledge. Abingdon, U.K. DOI Publisher Url

Umeokafor N, Windapo A, Olatunji O. 2020. Integrating health and safety into labour-only procurement system : opportunities, barriers and strategies Manu P, Emuze F, Saurin TA, Hadikusumo BHW. Construction health and safety in developing countries :140-151 Routledge. Abingdon, U.K. DOI Publisher Url

Thesis/Dissertation

Umeokafor NI. 2017. Realities of construction health and safety regulation in Nigeria Publisher Url

Editorial boards:

International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management,, Guest Editor. 2021

International Journal of Construction Management, Guest Editor, https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/conceptualising-challenges-opportunities-construction-industry/. 2021

Journal of Construction Business and Management, Guest Editor. 2021

Other invited event:

2nd African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of excellence for unemployment and skills development International conference, Cape Town South Africa, I was one of the keynote speakers. The title of my presentation is ‘Research and Publications Ethics (Conducting Ethical Research and Avoiding Plagiarism). 2021

Interviewed by Matt Lamy from IOSH Magazine, Remotely, Interviewed by Matt Lamy from IOSH Magazine which resulted in the article ‘Shining a light on global OSH disparities’. Sept/Oct 2021 Edition, 42-44, IOSH Magazine. 2nd July 2021. 2021

Caring Through Covid’ webinar series: Mental health and wellbeing, Remotely, Zoom, One of the presenters in a three-person discussion panel in a webinar series delivered to occupational health and safety professionals including IOSH members globally. 2021

Award:

Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) Best Paper Award, 9th World Construction Symposium, 9-10 July 2021, Sri Lanka.. 2021

2019 Taylor & Francis Outstanding Book and Digital Product Award in the Outstanding Monograph in the Engineering Category., Taylor & Francis. 2020

University College of Estate Management ‘Teaching Excellence Awards’ of ‘Innovation in Teaching and Learning’ nomination, University College of Estate Management. 2019

University College of Estate Management ‘Teaching Excellence Awards’ of ‘Recognition of Excellence’., University College of Estate Management. 2019

University College of Estate Management Values award for ‘Passion’, Winner of ‘University College of Estate Management. 2018

W099 International Health and Safety Conference Bursary Award, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction W099. 2015

Runner-up for Best Research Results, Plymouth University’s Faculty of Business 10th Annual PhD conference, 4 – 5th June 2015. 2015

External committees:

London Metropolitan Construction Sections Executive Committe, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Secretary. 2021

Media Coverage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRPtCyY7uSk, Caring Through Covid’ webinar series: Mental health and wellbeing. 2021

https://www.ioshmagazine.com/01/09/21/interview/global-hsw, Interviewed by Matt Lamy which resulted in the article ‘Shining a light on global OSH disparities’. Sept/Oct 2021 Edition, 42-44, IOSH Magazine. 2nd July 2021.

Conference organisation:

Construction Business and Project Management, Member, Local Organising Committee. 2021

Other Professional Activity:

National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa, Reviewer. 2020

Architectural Engineering and Design Management Journal, Reviewer. (2016 – date).

Building (2021 – date)..

CIB W99 and W123 (formerly TG59) Conferences, Reviewer. (2018 – date)..

CIB World Congress, Reviewer. (2019 & 2021).

Construction Management and Economics, Reviewer. (2020 – date).

Elsevier Safety Science. (2021 – date)..

Healthcare, Reviewer. (2021 – date).

International Journal of Construction Management, Reviewer. (2016 – date.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Reviewer. (2020 – date).

Journal of Engineering Design and Technology, Reviewer. (2017 – date).

Sage Open, Reviewer. (2020 – date).

Work. (2021 – date)..

Teaching qualification:

Fellow member of Advance HE (former Higher Education Academy). 2020

Membership of professional bodies:

Chartered Construction Manager, Chartered Institute of Building.

Chartered Member (MCIOB), Chartered Institute of Building.

Fellow (FHEA), AdavanceHE (previously Higher Education Academy).

Graduate Member (GradIOSH), Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Member (MIntLM), Institute of Leadership and Management.

Member (MAPM), Association for Project Management.

Member, Health in Construction Leadership group UK.

Fellowships:

Fellow,, Advanced HE (Former Higher Education Academy).

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