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Joseph Kangwa

Head of Division: Construction Property and Surveying

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Dr Joseph Kangwa is an Associate Professor of Construction Management and Head of Construction Property and Surveying within the School of Built Environment and Architecture.  He Joined London Southbank University in July 2016 having worked at Leeds Beckett University from Sept 2005. He obtained his BSc (Hons) degree in Construction Management then went on to complete an Mphil and was conferred a PhD in Construction Project Management at the University of Bolton in 2004.  He began his academic career after various industry appointments mainly in the roles of Construction Project Management managing a variety of civil and building contracts for Circuit Holdings, then a Mining Subsidiary of the conglomerate Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines, before joining and being elevated to Projects and Contracts Manager with Wenric Development Company Ltd In Kitwe, Zambia. In the UK, while studying, Joseph worked on various housing developments in Macclesfield, Cheadle, Knutsford and used summer attachments to develop case study projects for his undergraduate thesis which was later published and presented at a RICS Cutting Edge Cobra Conference at the University of Portsmouth in 1998.

As an advocate in reducing construction industry's carbon footprint, Joseph brings home to the learners, the industry’s challenge of complying with the stipulations under the Climate Change Act, and the Building Regulations’. The Conservation of Fuel and Power (Part L1A, L1B, L2A, and L2B) require that focus is given to design detailing for low-carbon buildings and the scaling the refurbishment of domestic and non-domestic buildings including heritage Assets in such a way that energy consumption is foremost in those who design. In the light of this, construction technology and all the principles of building assembly and project management of the process have origins in the formative design principles but that such principles are not fixed but evanescent in conformance to the demands of our mother earth.

His research interests revolve around building framing systems for tall buildings including detailing for structural stability and low carbon detailing; and due climate change the need to adopt sustainable building materials.  The intriguing relationship between building pathology and quality of routine repair and maintenance are intrinsically linked to framing system design and methods of assemblies.  The adoption of contemporary methods of construction in the form of MMC, modular design and its impact on housing supply and affordability thresholds. Construction activity is also renowned for its unsafe practices and monitoring the management of safety and health of all workers is more pertinent in environments with unstructured informal working patterns overburdened by higher levels of unemployment.  Conformability, and respect for labour rights means occupational safety, health and well-being are highly abused. Coordinated and adaptative systems that respect the international obligations of labour laws are essential if the construction industry is to retain its deservedly reputation.

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Dr Kangwa has been a member of the following professional bodies:

  • Chartered Institute of Building - CIOB since 1995 when he joined at associate level.
  • He is also a member of UN-Habitat
  • British Standards Development (BSI 8210) Committee Member  - Admitted Oct 2010
  • A founding member of the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa - 2018.
  • Appointed Reviewer - Structure Survey: Journal of Building pathology and refurbishment since 2014
  • Appointed Reviewer ARCOM - 2018
  • On a Personal level Joseph is involved in community work as chairperson of the Bolton Zambian Community and nationally is a member of the Zambia Overseas Christian Fellowship – ZOCF and is actively involved in the Manchester ZOF activities.
  • External Examiner: University of Greenwich – April 2010
  • Visiting Research Fellow: The University of Bolton  - Jan 2010- 2016
  • Visiting Professor Karanganda University of Technology – 2012 to 2014