Issue date: 03 January 2003

The Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England has recently appointed a number of new Professors who will enhance the research profile of the Faculty.

Professor Martin Boddy has joined the Faculty of the Built Environment as Associate Dean with responsibility for Research and Consultancy. Originally from Newcastle, Martin graduated from the University of Cambridge where he also studied for a PhD. He then spent a total of 25 years working at the University of Bristol interspersed with shorter periods in Canada and Australia. Commenting on his appointment Martin said, “I’m delighted to be joining the Faculty in what are exciting times. There is already very real quality in terms of research and scholarship across the Faculty as a whole, coupled with proven excellence in teaching. Outstanding new staff have been attracted at both senior and more junior levels. I look forward, therefore, to working with colleagues to build on what has already been achieved and further raise the profile and performance of the Faculty in terms of research, scholarship and postgraduate studies.

Martin’s own research has concentrated on cities, particularly issues of economic competitiveness, social cohesion. He has recently completed a three-year study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on these themes, with a joint research team from UWE and the University of Bristol. This included a particular focus on Bristol and the West of England and fed into a range of local initiatives including the review of the Structure Plan and the Bristol City of Culture 2008 campaign. He was also commissioned by the Government’s Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to carry out work which fed into the recent White Paper Our Towns and Cities: the Future.

Other new recruits include Professor of Transport, Glenn Lyons; Professor Ming Sun, an expert in construction informatics and Marilyn Taylor, Professor of Urban Governance and Regeneration.

Professor Ming Sun has joined the Faculty from Salford University. In recent years, he has led several major UK research projects in the area of applying Information Communication Technology (ICT) to achieve an integrated and a more efficient design and construction process. He explains, “in the coming information age, ICT will bring major changes to not only the way we design and build buildings but also the built environment itself. Researchers need to work with the construction industry and help to bring about these positive changes”. Professor Sun will provide leadership in construction innovation research in the Faculty. His work will start with a large EPSRC project he brought to UWE, investigating “change management in construction projects”.

Professor Glenn Lyons began his university career with seven years study at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He then spent eight years in the Transportation Research Group at the University of Southampton before joining UWE. His research strength is in understanding and influencing travel behaviour and in particular has concerned user needs from, and reactions to, traveller information services and the role of the Internet. Asked about his move to UWE he said, “The creation in the Southwest of a centre for excellence in transport scholarship is a timely and exciting opportunity both for me personally and for the Faculty.” Since his arrival in September Glenn has established the Unit for Transport and Society in FBE.

Professor Marilyn Taylor worked in the voluntary and community sectors before moving into the academic world. She comes to UWE from the University of Brighton and brings with her considerable expertise in community empowerment and partnership. Current government policy on neighbourhood renewal makes this a particularly important area of study right now. Marilyn is keen to explore the opportunities offered by these policies and how the considerable challenges involved can be overcome. Government policy is also highlighting the role of voluntary organisations, another area which Marilyn has researched over the years and she is a member of the Advisory Group to the Active Community Unit in the Home Office as well as Chair of the Urban Forum. She was attracted to UWE, she says, because of the strength and potential of the people working in the Faculty and in UWE as a whole, which make it a “very stimulating environment. There is also a wealth of experience in Bristol and the South West, which creates exciting opportunities for collaboration”.

Professor Colin Fudge, Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment said, “The Faculty extends a warm welcome to all new Professors joining the research team. We are confident that the expertise these new colleagues bring with them will further boost the excellent reputation enjoyed by the Faculty.”


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