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SPRU professor receives project management honour

Professor Andrew Davies has been appointed to the RM Phillips Freeman Chair and Professor of Innovation Management.

The Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession, has announced that Professor Andrew Davies is one of two individuals to be awarded its Honorary Fellowship.

Honorary Fellowship is awarded by APM to individuals who have made exceptional, demonstrable and significant contributions to project management or to the project management profession, in their own professions and careers.

Prof Davies is the RM Phillips Freeman Chair and Professor of Innovation Management in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex Business School.

He is a researcher, educator, consultant and advisor who is fascinated by understanding and making innovation happen in complex projects, with a focus on large-scale infrastructure in the built environment.

He began his career at SPRU before moving to Amsterdam University, Imperial College and University College London (UCL). He returned to SPRU in 2019 and continues as honorary professor in the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL and visiting professor in the Department of Business and Management at Luiss University in Rome.

Over the past 15 years, he has collaborated with leaders of some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects including Heathrow (terminal 5, terminal 2 and the third runway), the London Olympics, Crossrail, the Thames Tideway Tunnel, High-Speed 1 and 2, and the Westminster Palace Restoration and Renewal Project.

He is a regular collaborator with APM, having authored its 2019 report Project Management for Large, Complex Projects. He also contributed to Future of Project Management, a collaboration between APM, Arup and the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL.


By: Neil Vowles
Last updated: Thursday, 23 July 2020

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