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Professor Paul Watson PhD, MBA, MSc, FRICS, FBEng, MCIOB, FHEA, CertEd

Faculty Head of Partnership Development (UK and International)


I have worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 1995 in various academic roles. As the programme leader for the Built Environment programme and working in collaboration with professional bodies, I designed and validated courses, I also performed the role of Quality co-ordinator for the Built Environment Division.

  • About

    Since 2007 I have had a senior academic leadership role. From 2004-2009 I led the Construction, Cost and Surveying staff subject group. Also, In 2007 I was awarded the title of professor of Building Engineering in recognition of my academic and professional achievements. In 2013 I was appointed to my current role Faculty Head of Partnership Development (UK and International). Within the department we have built an excellent business to business and international portfolio, this provides external recognition for the excellent work of the department.

    I deliver modules in Construction Management and Construction Project Management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

    In the field of Construction Management I'm particularly interested in the quality assurance issues and how they are addressed. To this end I have produced implementation models to assist organisations deploy Total Quality Management and the European Foundation for Quality Management Excellence Model.

    I have also converted industrial Quality Assurance Models for application within higher education and published numerous papers on this subject.

  • Teaching

    Department of the Natural and Built Environment

    Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Watson, P., & Workman, G. (2011). An overview of the collaborative partnership between Sheffield Hallam University and Tunku Abdul Rahman College. Sheffield Hallam University Built Environment Research Transactions, 3 (Spec), 68-71.

    Watson, P. (2010). An introduction to UK energy performance certificates (EPCs). Journal of Building Appraisal, 5 (3), 241-250.

    Watson, P. (2009). The key issues when choosing adaptation of an existing building over new build. Journal of Building Appraisal, 4 (3), 215-223.

    Watson, P. (2009). A methodology for attaining and assessing project success for rehabilitation projects. Journal of Building Appraisal, 4 (3), 181-189.

    Watson, P. (2009). Addressing the need for common definitions of building performance in respect of the sustainability agenda. Journal of Building Appraisal, 5 (1), 67-74.

    McLean, S., & Watson, P. (2009). A practical approach to development of housing on floodplain land in the UK. Journal of Building Appraisal, 4 (4), 311-320.

    Watson, P., Hanney, N., & Franks, A. (2007). Advocating the case for the adaptation of buildings. Building Engineer, 82 (12), 27-29.

    Watson, P. (2007). Change management projects. Building Engineer, 82 (11), 28-30.

    Robinson, B., Watson, P., & Khatib, J.M. (2007). The impact of procure 21 (P21) partnering process within the UK construction industry: Part three: Sustainability and critical success factors. Building Engineer, 82 (2), 26-28.

    Khatib, J.M., Robinson, B., & Watson, P. (2007). The impact of procure 21 (P21) partnering process within the UK construction industry: Part two: Influence on Principal Supply Chain Partners. Building Engineer, 82 (1), 28-31.

    Watson, P., Khatib, J.M., & Robinson, B. (2006). The impact of procure 21 (P21) partnering process within the UK construction industry. Building Engineer, 81 (12), 18-21.

    Watson, P., Khatib, J.M., & Lindley, S. (2006). A critical evaluation of the partnering concept: Part three: Partnering, a comparison with traditional and design-and-build contracts. Building Engineer, 81 (3), 26-29.

    Watson, P., Khatib, J.M., & Lindley, S. (2006). A critical evaluation of the partnering concept. Part two: The impact of partnering. Building Engineer, 81 (2), 25-29.

    Watson, P., Khatib, J.M., & Lindley, S. (2006). A critical evaluation of the partnering concept: Part one: Rationale for engaging in partnering. Building Engineer, 81 (1), 32-34.

    Watson, P. (2002). The Role and Integration of Learning Outcomes into the Educational Process. Active Learning in Higher Education, 3 (3), 205-219.

    Conference papers

    Dickinson, S., Watson, P., Franks, A., & Workman, G. (2010). An innovative approach to interdisciplinary teaching for built environment students. IMETI 2010 - 3rd International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation, Proceedings, 1, 46-50.

    Wienand, N.G., & Watson, P. (2008). Obtaining technical innovation within project teams. Proceedings of the 4th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, ISEC-4 - Innovations in Structural Engineering and Construction, 2, 1507-1512.

    Hanney, N., & Watson, P. (2005). Ensuring quality in the design, development and implementation of computer based learning packages - A best practice framework. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education, WBE 2005, 475-480.

    Watson, P., Howarth, T., & Gibson, D. (2005). Forging professional body and higher educational links: A model for adoption/adaption. Proceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, 2005.

    Chileshe, N., Watson, P., Maslow, D., & Belokorovin, E. (2005). The deployment of total quality management (TQM): The Russian experience. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2005 - Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference, 1, 201-214.


    Laycock, E., Howarth, T., & Watson, P. (2016). The journey to dissertation success: For construction, property, and architecture students.

    Watson, P., & Howarth, T. (2012). Construction quality management: Principles and practice.

    Theses / Dissertations

    Liu, K.Y. (2014). A critical evaluation of the Kaohsiung arena Build Operate Transfer project. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Davies, L., Watson, P., & Griffith, A.

    Chileshe, N. (2004). The application of TQM within small and medium sized construction related organisations. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Watson, P., Stephenson, P., & Griffith, A.

    Khalil, M.S. (2002). Transforming growth factor beta 1 : Role in the progression of chronic renal failure. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Blakemore, A., Megvid El Nafcas:, A., Watson, P., & Quinton, N.

  • Other activities

    I carry out external examiner duties for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral provisions at other UK Universities.

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