Dr Andrew Fox

Dr Andrew Fox

Lecturer in Civil Engineering (Education)

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


PhD in Human Geography
PGCert in Teaching and Learning for HE
Chartered Engineer, CEng
MEng in Civil Engineering
Recent positions held 
Mar 16 - current, External Examiner

External Examiner for BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering at Bolton campus and Ras Al Khaiman campus in UAE

Oct 14 - current, Trustee
Member of the board of trustees

JAN 13 - current, External Examiner/Chief External Examiner
External Examiner for BEng & MEng in Civil Engineering and Chief External Examiner (2015-16) for Faculty of Engineering & Computing

Aug 07 - current, Lecturer
Currently Programme Manager for BSc programmes in Civil and Coastal Engineering. Previously, Admission Tutor for Civil and Coastal Engineering Undergraduate and Postrgrduate Programmes. Teaching roles include: Construction Management, Construction Law, International Engineering Business Management, Project Management, Interdisciplinary design. PhD in Community Resileince to Flood Risk. PhD Supervision - TQM in LIbyan Construction Projects, Contract Management in Saudi Arabian Construction Sector, Post-Earthquake Management and Structural Assessment in Iran, Motivaton of Academics in Engineering Departments of Indian HE Institutions

Sep 01 – Aug 07 Senior Lecturer
Admissions tutor for Civil Engineering and Disaster Management programmes, teaching Undergraduate, Certificate, Diploma and MSc level modules in Engineering and Disaster management. Member of School International Committee. Leading Subject Group Projects in Kenya,

Jun 00 – Sept 01 Director
Managing company, project tendering, customer relations, sales and marketing for projects in Turkey. Acting as Turkey based agent for UK Steel Fabrication Companies and an Australian modular housing company.

Oct 99 – May 00 Programme Director
Developing project proposals, fund-raising, report writing, financial management, programme coordination for Post-Earthquake emergency relief programme. Responsibility for spearheading consortium of six international charity organisations and managing donor relations in Turkey, EU, Scotland, England, USA, Canada, Ireland and Germany .

Apr 98–Sept 99 Deputy Country Manager/Project Engineer
Contract management, financial auditing, programme development, dispute resolution, report writing, design supervision and development planning for Emergency Reconstruction Programme following Volcanic eruptions. Managing International projects involving – Montserrat, Antigua, Puerto Rico, USA, UK & Australia

Oct 96–Feb 98 Acting Divisional Director/Project Manager
Departmental management, budget planning, project appraisal, project design, tender management, contract management, Inter-Governmental loans negotiation, Chair of Technical Advisory committee on the Construction Industry within the Ministry for Community Development, Housing Project Management department.

Professional membership

Professional Memberships

Research interests

Theme areas
Construction Management
Disaster Management
Flood risk management
Philosophy of Engineering

Through my teaching and professional links I am actively researching international engineering management systems. The most recent studies with which I have been involved focussed on developing a better understanding of contracts, disaster and personnel management in engineering education and practice, learning lessons from the UK, Middle East and India. 

I also have a strong interest in disaster management, having been heavily engaged in the subject area since the late 1990s. My particular focus has been in developing a better understanding of the theory and practice of post-disaster reconstruction. To that end, I joined the i-Rec research network in 2002 and the international disaster relief charity, RedR in 1999. My PhD also had a disaster management focus, exploring ways in which social capital could be used to improve the resilience of communities to flood risk.

Underpinning all of my research interests is a passion to explore and understand the engineering profession to which I have committed my working career. As such, in 2005 and 2006, I managed an discussion forum that was hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers which sought to spark a discussion on the Philosophy of Engineering. The discussions were successful in prompting a series of seminars hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering and two international conferences. I am pleased to be part of this youthful but growing body of inspired individuals and I look forward to further developments in this field with great interest.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

PhD - 1 (Sherif 2010)
MSc (Research) - 5 Completions
MSc (Taught) - 19 Completions
MBA - 1 Completion
MEng - 13 Completion

Grants & contracts

Project Leader, South West Water, Sewers and Sewer Design, 4 Day CPD training course, Jun-Oct 2015, £30K

Project Leader, South West Water, Civil Engineering Specification for the Water Industry, 2 Day CPD training course, Jan-Apr 2015, £10K

Co-investigator, EU-FP7: Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate (THESEUS), 1/12/2009 – 30/11/2012, €386k (Project Total: €6.53m)

Principal Investigator, RAEng: Enhancing the opportunities derived from large cohorts of engineering students, Ref: FPo16 MAR2011, April 2011-March 2012, £10k

Co-investigator, EAP: A practical methodology for globalising the engineering curriculum through teaching interdisciplinary design, June 2010-Sept 2010, £3k

Key publications are highlighted

Alencastro J, Fuertes Casals A, Fox A & De Wilde P 2019 'The impact of defects on energy performance of buildings: Quality management in social housing developments' Energy Procedia , DOI PEARL
Fox A, Wilson G & Essex S 2016 'Community-Institution Social Capital (CISC), Flood Risk and Resilience: Lessons from South Devon, UK'
Parker E & Fox A 2016 'Changing Perceptions About Business Continuity Planning (BCP) in Communities Around Mounts Bay in Cornwall, UK'
Horrillo-Caraballo JM, Reeve DE, Simmonds D, Pan S, Fox A, Thompson R, Hoggart S, Kwan SSH & Greaves D 2013 'Application of a source-pathway-receptor-consequence (S-P-R-C) methodology to the Teign Estuary, UK' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 1939-1944 Author Site , DOI
Sarhan S & Fox AP 2013 'Barriers to Implementing Lean Construction in the UK Construction Industry' The Built & Human Environment Reveiw 6, Publisher Site
Sarhan S & Fox AP 2013 'Performance measurement in the UK construction industry and its role in supporting the application of lean construction concepts' Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building (1) 23-35
Knott G & Fox AP 2010 'A model for sustainable risk management' Resilience (62) 38-42
Fox A 2005 'Flood hazard planning: Lessons from Bewdley' Alert
Fox A 2004 'In the face of disaster' Water and Environment Magazine 16, (9) 8-9
Fox A 2002 'A framework to improve resilience planning for urban communities' Security Monitor 5, (1) 8-10
Fox A 2001 'Provision for the Aftermath: Lessons Learned' Waterlines (3) 9-12
Alexander D; Davidson CH; Fox A; Johnson C; Lizzaralde G 2007 Post-disaster reconstruction: Meeting Stakeholder Interests. Florence Firenze Universtity Press
2015 'Case Studies Worldwide' Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate Elsevier 325-628 , DOI
Fox AP 2008 'The implications of the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004 for engineers in the UK' in Bosher L Hazards and the built environment Taylor & Francis Group 282-299
Fox AP 2008 'Issues in flood risk management' in Baban SMJ Enduring geohazards in the Caribbean Univ of West Indies Pr 192-205
Conference Papers
Razaghi-Kashani N, Fox AP & Easterbrook D 2016 'Post-earthquake disaster management and structural assessment' 6th International Disaster and risk Conference IDRC Davos, Switzerland 28/08/2016 01/09/2016 Davos Global Risk forum (GRF) 321-324 Publisher Site
Bakthavatchaalam VP, Miles M, Fox A & Gingele J 2015 'Shifting the threshold of motivation theory to overcome local disquietudes in Coimbatore, India' V.C.’s conference, Plymouth University, UK Plymouth, United Kingdom 01/01/2015 01/01/2015
Fox A 2014 'Communities, institutions and flood risk, mobilizing social capital to improve community resilience' Third International Science and policy Conference on the resilience of social & ecological systems Montpelier, France 04/05/2014 08/05/2014
Gonzalez Santamaria R, Simmonds D, Zanuttigh B, Reeve D, Nicholls R, Thompson R, Pan S, Horrillo-Caraballo J, Hoggart S & Hanson S 2014 'Application of a novel decision support system to assess and manage coastal flood risk in the Teign estuary, UK' International Conference on Coastal Engineering , DOI PEARL
Horrillo-Caraballo JM, Reeve DE, Simmonds D, Pan S, Fox A, Thompson R, Hoggart S, Kwan SSH & Greaves D 2013 'Application of a source-pathway-receptor-consequence (S-P-R-C) methodology to the Teign Estuary, UK' 1939-1944 , DOI
Sarhan S & Fox AP 2012 'Trends and challenges to the development of a lean culture among UK construction organizations' IGLC 20 San Diego 17/07/2012 22/07/2012
Fox AP, Horrillo-Caraballo JM, Reeve DE, Kwan SH, Simmonds D, Pan S & Greaves D 2012 'Coastal defense evaluation: a SPRC approach' ICCE2012, 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering Santander 01/07/2012 06/07/2012
Reeve D, Horrillo-Caraballo J, Fox A, Simmonds D, Kwan S, Pan S & Greaves D 2012 'COASTAL DEFENCE EVALUATION: AN SPRC APPROACH' Publisher Site
Horrillo-Caraballo J, Pan S, Reeve D, Simmonds D, Greaves D & Fox A 2012 'MODELLING EXTREME WAVE EVENTS (PRESENT AND FUTURE SCENARIOS) IN SOUTHWEST ENGLAND' Publisher Site
Sarhan S & Fox A 2012 'Trends and challenges to the development of a lean culture among uk construction organisations'
Bakthavatchaalam VP & Fox AP 2011 'Overcoming failures in placements of people from parent companies to a foreign subsidiary organisation' 5th International ICMIE Conference on ‘Change Management in a Dynamic Environment Bucharest 20/10/2011 21/10/2011
Fox AP & Carter A 2011 'Enhancing opportunities derived from large cohorts of engineering students' Annual Conference for the Society of the Advancement of Simulation and Gaming in Education and Training (SAGSET) on “Successful simulations and technology enhanced learning Derby 21/07/2011
Fox A 2011 'Resilience in Engineering Organisations' One day international workshop on "Advances in Engineering Practice for Achieving Manufacturing Excellence" (AEPAME) Karpagam University 12/04/2011
Alexander D, Hodgson R, Homan J, Harvey M, Wright J, Calla OPN, Broadbent M, Broadbent S, Enginoz EB & Dikmen N 2004 'Proceedings for the 2nd International Conference on Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Planning for Reconstruction' Fox A Coventry University Press Coventry University of Coventry
Other Publications
Fox AP 0 Communities, institutions and flood risk; mobilising social capital to enhance community resilience. 0 0

Other academic activities

Areas of Expertise
Project Management
Contract Management
Disaster Management
Philosophy of Engineering
Global Engineering

Professional Activities
Journal referee - Civil Engineering, 1 paper
Journal referee - Disasters, 4 papers
Journal referee – APETT Journal, 1 paper
Coordinator – Engineering and Philosophy E-Forum, Oct 2005 – Sept 2006