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Professionalism and ethics in construction

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Professionalism and ethics in construction: Improving the global industry

21-22 November 2018
LSBU, Keyworth Centre, London

The construction industry has a poor ethical image in most countries, suffering from corruption, malpractice and mismanagement on projects, predatory business practices and poor responsibility towards the well-being of its own workforce and stakeholders. It is estimated that up to one-third of governments' investments in construction is lost through corruption and mismanagement.

Society expects the construction professions to deliver the much needed buildings and infrastructure, with a focus on the well-being of the community.

Join us to debate the state of professionalism and ethics in the construction industry around the world.

Aims and objectives

  • Review construction professions in different countries and their implications
  • Consider the importance of ethics in construction and the current state of adherence to ethics globallly
  • Discuss what can be done to develop construction professions and practitioners to enhance the levels of professionalism, ethics and the industry’s social image, and improve performance

This conference is organised by CIB Task Group 95 on Professionalism and Ethics and LSBU, and co-organised by Applied Science University, Bahrain; Federal University of Technology, Nigeria; and CoST, the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative.

The conference chairpersons are London South Bank University's Professor Charles Egbu and Professor George Ofori.


The conference will include four plenary sessions (two on each day); technical sessions for academics and practitioners; dialogue sessions on professionalism and ethics; and a debate on a contemporary topic.

Abstracts and papers

If you would like to present a paper at the conference, you can find more information on the call for papers page.


The conference fee is £395, which includes refreshments (welcome, lunch and two breaks each day, and a buffet conference dinner).

There is a discount for students (details to follow).

Attendees will receive a programme, summary of abstracts, the full papers on a USB drive, two-volume set of proceedings (one each for Academic and Practice papers), and selected papers in a special issue of a reputable journal.

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