Terence Yat Ming Lam


  • ELT 106, Ellison Terrace, Northumbria University

    NE1 8ST Newcastle

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

My research focuses to apply economics, management and sustainability theories and principles to improve the professional practice in property and construction, including property & facilities managment, procurement nd risk management, specialising in construction and sustainable procurement in relation to performance assessment, prediction and monitoring of consultants and contractors.  I have years of professional experience in property and construction so my research aspiration is to improve the professional practice in this field.  

I have published about 50 research papers in international journals and conferences, and for funded research projects. One of my papers entitled “Prediction of performance outcomes for procurement of public-sector construction consultants for property management” was awarded the most outstanding paper in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards of Property Management journal.  The research was funded by the RICS Research Trust.

As PI and Co-I, I have achieved research grant awards from various sponsors including the RICS, involving collaborative research with the industry and other institutions. In a recent RICS/Property Research Trust funded project, I have successfully led and collaborated with Hampshire County Council to develop a performance improvement model for public-sector construction frameworks.

Being a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of International Journal of Building Pathology & Adaptation and Property Management, I was pleased to be awarded the prizes of Outstanding Reviewer between 2013 and 2015.  Recently, I have been appointed by Facilities to serve their Edictorial Advisory Board.

In addition to these, I have successfully supervised three professional doctorate students to completion (two without amendments) in the UK, and over 10 master students in construction and property in Australia, with six achieving the high distinction level.  As an external superivsor, I am currently supervising a PhD research project at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, a topical research into the Implementation of Smart Sustainable Cities in Saudi Arabia through citizen particpation and stakeholder management.

I welcome all potential PhD students to undertake research on expertise areas.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Building Surveying, BSc, Building Surveying

Building, MA, Building Rehabilitation Studies

Building Surveying, PhD, An Evaluation of Privatisation of Professional Services for Housing Maintenance

Teaching and Learning, PGCert, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning (Higher Education)

Education, External Verified Award, Fellow (FHEA), Advance HE

External positions

Facilities: Editorial Board Advisory Board

International Journal of Building Pathology & Adaptation: Editorial Advisory Board

Property Management: Editorial Board Advisory Board


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