Dr Andrew Fox
Profiles

Dr Andrew Fox

Lecturer in Civil Engineering (Education)

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

Andrew can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Civil engineering management
  • Project management
  • Contract management
  • Disaster management
  • Philosophy of engineering

Qualifications

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

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

Oct 14 - Oct 17, Trustee
REDR - INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RELIEF CHARITY
Member of the board of trustees

JAN 13 - Aug 17 External Examiner/Chief External Examiner
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
External Examiner for BEng & MEng in Civil Engineering and Chief External Examiner (2015-16) for Faculty of Engineering & Computing

Aug 07 - current, Lecturer
UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
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
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY, UK
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
APF PROJECT MANAGEMENT LTD., UK
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
MERCY CORPS EUROPE/SCOTTISH EUROPEAN AID, TURKEY
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
BROWN AND ROOT LTD, MONTSERRAT, BWI
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
GOVERNMENT OF SEYCHELLES, SEYCHELLES
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
MICE
MAPM
MPMI

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 – Sherif (2010), Bakthavatchaalam (2019), Alencastro (2019), Razaghi-Kashani (on-going), Alsofyani (on-going) 

MRes – Roberts (2004), Ebalu (2005), Ferdinand (2005), Guha (2006), Oladosu (2006)


Grants & contracts

Principal-Investigator (UoP Team), European Social Fund (ESF) Project, Innovation in Higher Level Skills in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Dec 2018 – Dec 2021, Value £2.4M

Lead Investigator, University of Plymouth, GCRF Research Grant, Developing capacity to design and distribute potable water supply technology in East Africa, Aug 2018 – Jul 2020, Value £56K

Lead Investigator, School of Engineering Small Research Grant, A multi-sectoral engineering research network to aid development in Buturi, Tanzania, July 2018 – July 2019, Value £2.5k

Lead Investigator, School of Engineering Small Research Grant, Post-Earthquake Structural Assessment and Management (PE-SAM), May-Dec 2017, Value £2k

Co-Investigator, 4No. European Social Fund (ESF) Projects, Focussing on Hidden Talent and Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon and Somerset , Apr 2017 – Apr 2019, Value £1.2M

Lead-Investigator, RAEng Frontiers of Engineering for Development, FoESF\1617\227, Water for Africa: Leveraging local Innovations through Organisational Networks (Water-LION), Mar – Dec 2017, Value £20k

Co-Investigator, RAEng Frontiers of Engineering for Development, FoESF\1617\212, Post-Earthquake Structural Health Monitoring System (PM-SMS), Mar – Dec 2017, Value £20k

Co-Investigator, National Trust, Cotehele Intertidal Habitat Creation Feasibility Study, Mar-Aug 2017, Value £35k

Co-Investigator, EU Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), RESET- Reliability and Safety Engineering and Technology for large maritime engineering systems, Jun 2016 – Jun 2020, Value €1.2M

Project Leader, South west Water, Sewers and Sewer Design, 4 day training course, Jun-Oct 2015, Value £30k

Project Leader, South west Water, Civil Engineering Specification for the Water Industry, 2 day training course, Jan-Apr 2015, Value £10k

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

Co-investigator, EU-FP7: Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate (THESEUS), Dec 2009 – Nov 2012, Value €386k (Project Total: €6.53m),

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

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
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
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
Books
Alexander D; Davidson CH; Fox A; Johnson C; Lizzaralde G 2007 Post-disaster reconstruction: Meeting Stakeholder Interests. Florence Firenze Universtity Press
Chapters
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

Bakthavatchaalam VP, Miles M, Fox A., De Lourdes Machado-Taylor M & Gingele J (2019) Impact of cultural factors on the academic research productivity in India, 8th Annual PedRIO Conference, 12th April, Plymouth, UK

Miles A, Dorr C and Fox A, (2018) How can academia help to make industry more resilient to the risks associated with Brexit? A Marketplace presentation at the Sustainable Earth 2018 Conference, 28-29 June, Plymouth, UK

Miles A, Dorr C and Fox A, (2018) Linking employers to the Research Teaching Nexus, 16th Annual Vice-Chancellor's Teaching and Learning Conference 2018, 14th June, Plymouth, UK

Fox A, Hilonga A, Kiluva V, Makhanu S and Prathap J (2018) Leveraging University-centred networks to support innovation and enterprise in Africa, 7th Annual PedRIO Conference, 20th April, Plymouth, UK

Wilkins R, Fox A, Razaghi-Kashani N, Rabuya I and Cabilo M (2018) Community engagement in the assessment of buildings damaged by earthquakes, A poster presentation at PedRIO, Effective Community Engagement Event - Monday 22nd January 2018, Plymouth, UK

Fox A (2018) Water LION – The Genesis and Prospects, Water for Africa: Leveraging local Innovations through Organisation Networks (Water-LION) – End of Project Workshop, 26th February, Kakamega, Kenya

Wilkins R, Fox A and Rabuya I (2017) Designing a post-earthquake structural health monitoring system, A Marketplace presentation at the Sustainable Earth 2017 Conference, 29-30 June, Plymouth, UK

Fox A, Hilonga A, Kiluva V and Makhanu S (2017) Water for Africa: Leveraging local Innovations through Organisation Networks (Water-LION), A Marketplace presentation at the Sustainable Earth 2017 Conference, 29-30 June, Plymouth, UK

Alencastro J, Fuertes A, Fox A and De Wilde P (2017) The impact of quality on energy performance of buildings: Quality management in social housing developments, 9th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE2017, 21-24 August 2017, Cardiff, UK

Alsofyani S, Fox A and Miles M (2016) New culturally engaged practices of law and regulation to improve the construction environment in Saudi Arabia, 7th International conference on the constructed environment, Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology, 25-26 May, Krakow, Poland,

Razaghi-Kashani N, Fox A and Easterbrook D (2016) Post-earthquake Disaster Management and Structural Assessment, Proceedings of the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC), Integrative Risk Management - towards resilient cities 28 August - 01 September 2016, Davos, Switzerland, pp. 321-324

Razaghi-Kashani N, Fox A and Easterbrook D (2016) Adding value to an integrated risk management system by effectively incorporating post-earthquake structural assessment, 7th International Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM), Disasters and Development: Towards a Risk Aware Society, 1 - 3 October 2016, Isfahan-Iran

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, 4-8 May, Montpellier, France

Fox A. (2014) “The challenge of harnessing social networks to enhance community resilience to coastal flood risk”, ICE South West seminar Coastal Defences: Meeting the Challenges, 4th April, Plymouth, UK

Sarhan S, Fox A (2012) "Trends and challenges to the development of a lean culture among UK construction organizations", IGLC 20 - San Diego, California, 17-22 July

A. Fox, J. M. Horrillo-Caraballo, D. E. Reeve, S. H. Kwan, D. Simmonds, S. Pan, D. Greaves. (2012) "Coastal defence evaluation: a SPRC approach", ICCE2012, 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Santander, Spain, 1-6 July

M. Horrillo-Caraballo, S. Pan, D. E. Reeve, D. Simmonds, D. Greaves, A. Fox. (2012) "Modelling extreme wave events (present and future scenarios) in southwest England", ICCE2012, 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Santander, Spain, 1-6 July

Bakthavatchaalam V.P, Fox A. & Sherif K (2011), “Overcoming failures in placements of people from parent companies to a foreign subsidiary organisation”, in Proceedings of the 5th International ICMIE Conference on ‘Change Management in a Dynamic Environment’, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 20-21 Oct, pp 338-345

Fox A & Carter A (2011) “Enhancing opportunities derived from large cohorts of engineering students”, Presented at the Annual Conference for the Society of the Advancement of Simulation and Gaming in Education and Training (SAGSET) on “Successful simulations and technology enhanced learning”, University of Derby, 21st July 2011

Fox A. (2011) “Resilience in Engineering Organisations”, One-day International Workshop on “Advances in Engineering Practices for Achieving Manufacturing Excellence”, AERAME ‘11, Karpagam University, Coimbatore, India, 12 April 2011

Fox A. (2011) “Engineering Organisations and Organisational Resilience”, One-day International Workshop on “Innovative Engineering Research Practices in Manufacturing Organisations”, IEREMO ‘11, Karpagam College of Engineering, Coimbatore, India, 11 April 2011

Fox A. (2011) “A Philosophy for Indian Engineering”, Keynote Address at 1st International Conference on Engineering, Science and Technology, ICEST 2011, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Engineering College, Parambalur, India, 7-8 April 2011

Fox A. (2011) “Resilient Organisations”, One-day International Workshop on “Mindset of a Champion”, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Engineering College, Parambalur, India, 6 April 2011

Fox A. (2010) "Integrating philosophy into the education of engineers: some lessons from the UK", fPET-2010 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology, Colorado School of Mines, USA, 9-10 May, pp84-85

Njie E.F, Kora M, Jallow S & Fox A (2010) "Promoting social equity for disabled people in Gambia", Engineering Social Justice and Peace (ESJP) Conference 2010, RSA, London, 4-6 August 2010

Sherif K., Fox A and Bakthavatchaalam V.P. (2009) "Human Resource Management and International Recruitment Strategies: An Indian Case Study", presented at the 2nd International Conference on “Doing Business in India”, 17-18 December 2009, IFIM Business School, Bangalore, India

Bakthavatchaalam V.P, and Fox A, (2009), “Human Resource Management in Indian Industries: Motivating Businesses to Sustain Economic Development into the Future”, presented at the International Conference on ‘Management Beyond Recession, RICON 2009’, Rai Business School, New Delhi, India

Sherif K & Fox A (2009) “Influences and Barriers Facing the Adoption of Total Quality Management in the Libyan Construction Industry” 5th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, vol. 2, Reykjavík University, Iceland, 10-12 June, pp 80-88

Fox A. (2006) An international strategy for Environmental Health, CIEH Annual Conference and Exhibition, 5-7 September 2006, Bournemouth, UK

Fox A. (2006) Project Managing Disasters, Association of Project Management Seminar, 12th July 2006, Coventry, UK

Fox A. (2004) Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: The long-term examined, International Disaster & Emergency Readiness Forum, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oct 2004

Fox A. (2004) Efforts to improve disaster management capacity in Africa, TIEMS virtual conference - Disaster Management in Africa, Online

Fox A. (2004) Responses to Hazards, Premier Student Conference, London, Mar 2004

Fox A. (2004) Civil Contingency – The Engineer’s Role, Institution of Civil Engineers Annual Presidential Conference: Engineering for the 21st Century, Cambridge University, Cambridge

Fox A. (2004) Planning for improved resilience, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Post-Disaster reconstruction: Planning for Reconstruction, Coventry University, sec7 –pp32 to 42

Fox A., Johnson C, Lizzaralde G (2003), A framework for improving the sustainability of housing initiatives to reduce the risk of disasters, Proceedings of the International Civil Engineering Conference on Sustainable Development in the 21st Century, JKUAT University, Nairobi, Kenya, pp 399-404

Fox A. (2002) Montserrat – A case study in the application of multiple methods to meet a post-disaster housing shortage, 1St International Conference on Post-Disaster Reconstruction, University of Montreal, Canada

Fox A. & Davies J (2003) Civil Engineering with Disaster Studies, LTSN – Engineering, Midlands meeting, Coventry, UK

Fox A. (2003) RedR Experiences, Institution of Civil Engineers, Graduates and Students Midlands Branch meeting, Coventry, UK

Fox A. (2002) Resilience by Design: Planning & the Built Environment, Emergency Planning Society, Southern branch meeting, Reading, UK

Razaghi-Kashani N, Fox AP & Easterbrook D 2016 'Post-earthquake disaster management and structural assessment' 6th International Disaster and risk Conference IDRC Davos, Switzerland 8-/-0/2016 9-/-0/2016 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 1-/-0/2015 1-/-0/2015
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 5-/-0/2014 5-/-0/2014
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 1-/-0/1900 1-/-0/1900 , 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' 1-/-0/1900 1-/-0/1900 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 7-/-0/2012 7-/-0/2012
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 7-/-0/2012 7-/-0/2012
Reeve D, Horrillo-Caraballo J, Fox A, Simmonds D, Kwan S, Pan S & Greaves D 2012 'COASTAL DEFENCE EVALUATION: AN SPRC APPROACH' 1-/-0/1900 1-/-0/1900 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' 1-/-0/1900 1-/-0/1900 Publisher Site
Sarhan S & Fox A 2012 'Trends and challenges to the development of a lean culture among uk construction organisations' 1-/-0/1900 1-/-0/1900
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 0-/-1/2011 0-/-1/2011
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 7-/-0/2011 1-/-0/1900
Fox A 2011 'Resilience in Engineering Organisations' One day international workshop on "Advances in Engineering Practice for Achieving Manufacturing Excellence" (AEPAME) Karpagam University 4-/-0/2011 1-/-0/1900
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 1-/-0/1900 1-/-0/1900 Coventry University of Coventry
Other Publications
Fox AP 2014 Communities, institutions and flood risk; mobilising social capital to enhance community resilience. 01/01/1900 01/01/1900

Other academic activities

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