Professor Gary D. Holt

Prof. Gary D. Holt

Professor of Construction Management and Economics

School of Engineering

Harris Building, HB236

+44 (0) 1772 89 3210

Subject Areas: Built Environment, Business and Management

Gary is Professor of Construction Management and Economics within the School of Engineering; and Professor of Machinery Management at Birmingham City Business School. His research contributions have been widely published through approximately 200 refereed academic papers, industry-facing technical guides, and several textbooks. He is Associate Editor of The Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction (Emerald).

Gary is research active within the area of built environment and sustainability and is a member of the Centre for Sustainable Development.

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O.N.C. and H.N.C. Building Studies, Dudley College of Technology, 1987, 1989
B.Sc. (Hons.) Building Management, University of Wolverhampton, 1992
Ph.D. Construction Management, University of Wolverhampton, 1995

Career and background

Gary was a construction manager in his formative years controlling restoration of listed buildings and later, as a Contracts Manager, managing several multi-million pound developments in the speculative housing sector (UK). He joined Higher Education (HE) in 1991, since which time he has held various university teaching, research, and research-management positions. He returned to practice for a brief spell to deliver consultancy research and bespoke services, specialising in development of online (HE) learning materials and technical documentation for the construction industry. His experience also includes a period as Project Manager for delivery of National Vocational Qualifications; and the management a of work-based distance learning MSc in Construction Project Management at Loughborough University (UK). He is presently Professor of Construction Management and Economics within Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment, while also holding a fractional Professorship in Machinery Management at Birmingham City Business School.

His research foci are broadly defined as construction management; plant and machinery management; health and safety; and research methodology. Specific aspects he has studied include: contractor selection, inter-organisational relationships, plant productivity, plant sales analysis and sales forecasting, the management of hand-arm vibration, and applicability of contemporary method to construction research.

His work has been funded by university grants, industrial collaboration, government research councils, and commercial organisations. His research contributions have been publicly diffused through approximately 200 refereed academic journal and international conference papers, a host of industry-facing technical guides, several textbooks, magazine articles and other media such as teaching and learning DVDs. The impact of his research products is evidenced by, for instance: i) international use of the Hand-arm Vibration Database that he jointly developed through the Off-highway Plant and Equipment Research Centre (OPERC); ii) industry’s adoption of his technical publications (; and iii) more recent industrial support from several blue-chip companies for his machinery research.

In 2010 he received an award for excellence, “For world-class scientific work that has raised the profile of plant and equipment management research internationally”. In 2011 his contribution to hand-arm vibration (HAV) knowledge and validation of HAV data that is currently used by the US military, was recognised through joint award of the United States Department of Defense, Ergonomics Working Group medal. He has received numerous other accolades for his academic writing and, contribution as a specialist reviewer.

In his spare time, Gary enjoys the solitude of the Wye valley and its tributary rivers in Wales, in pursuit of Salmo Trutta and the ‘Lady of the Stream’, Thymallus Thymallus.


Holt, G. D. (2014). Guest Editorial. Asking Questions, Analysing Answers: Relative Importance Revisited. Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management. Vol. 14, No. 1, pp216. ISSN: 1471-4175.  

Holt, G. D. and Goulding, J. (2014). Conceptualisation of Ambiguous-Mixed-Methods within Building and Construction Research. The Journal of Engineering, Design, and Technology. Vol. 12, No. 2, pp244262. ISSN: 1726-0531.

Holt, G. D. (2014). Infrastructure and Assets: What Role History?  Infrastructure and Asset Management. Vol. 1, No. 1, pp34. E-ISSN: 2053-0250.

Holt, G. D. (2014). Industrial Innovation: Case Study of the Claerwen Dam. Built Environment Project and Asset Management. Vol. 4, No. 2, pp146165. ISSN: 2044-124X.

Holt, G. D. and Edwards, D. J. (2014). Machinery Transportation Management: Case Study of ‘Plant-trailer’ H&S Incidents. Built Environment Project and Asset Management. Vol. 4, No. 3, pp264280. ISSN: 2044-124X.

Holt, G. D. (2014). Reply: The Door is Ajar: Response to ‘Project Management: A Profession with a Hole in its Head or, Why a Change in the Culture of Academic Support is needed for the Profession’. Engineering Project Organization Journal. Vol. 4, No. 4, pp165—169. ISSN: 2157-3735.

Holt, G. D. (2014). Editorial. ‘Ascending the Ogive’ – A Journal’s Analogy with the Business Life-cycle. Infrastructure Asset Management. Vol. 1, No. 3, pp5556. E-ISSN: 2053-0250.

Holt, G. D., Goulding, J. and Akintoye, A. (2014). Interrelationships between Theory and Research Impact: Opinions from a Survey of UK Academics. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. Vol. 21, No. 6, pp674696. ISSN: 0969-9988.

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Research Overview

Construction management and economics; plant and equipment management; research methodology; health and safety


Specialist lectures to postgraduate programmes; supervision of PhD students

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Building
Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Member, British Dam Society, Institution of Civil Engineers
Member, Committee on Publication Ethics
Member, Off-highway Plant and Equipment Research Centre



Presently undertaking industry sponsored research the impact of which will improve health and safety issues of transporting construction machinery; and effective management of hand-arm vibration exposure. Personal projects in progress include construction research paradigm design; and the changing focus of research in construction management.

Post-2010 Research Media Reports (sample)

‘The Men Who Dig Pink’. (Plant theft research). The Guardian. 28th June, Education Supplement, p 9. (2011).

‘Paint Your Diggers Pink to Put Off Thieves’. (Plant theft research). Fortus Security website. (June 2011).

‘Think Pink if you Want to Deter Building Site Thieves’ (Plant theft research). The Guardian website (June, 2011).

‘Industry Urged to Paint Equipment 'Barbie Pink' to avoid Theft’ (Plant theft research). Construction News. (October, 2011).

‘The Economic Squeeze’. (Supply chain research). Tomorrow’s Flooring. Accessed via:

‘Rose Fléau’. (Plant theft research). L’Actualité. Canadian current affairs journal. (January 2012)

‘Birmingham Academics Say Paint Diggers Pink to Deter Thieves’. (Plant theft research). (June, 2011).

External Activities

Expert reviewer to numerous international peer-review journals including: Building and Environment; Engineering Construction and Architectural Management; Building Research and Information; Journal of Construction Procurement; International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management; Construction Management and Economics; International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management; Logistics Information Management; European Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management; Structural Survey; International Journal of Project Management; Computers and Industrial Engineering; Architectural Engineering and Design Management; Engineering Design and Technology; Construction Innovation; Accident Analysis and Prevention; Housing and the Built Environment; Automation in Construction; and Journal of Construction (SA)

Expert Reviewer of research proposals and reports including for: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; The Health and Safety Executive

Book reviewer including for: Chandos Publishing (Oxford); Addison Wesley Longman; Taylor and Francis

Editorial Advisory Board Member for: The Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction; The Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology; The International Journal of Transport and Logistics

Associate Editor, The Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction

Various former / current editorial and expert scientific review panel or organising committee responsibilities including for the: International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference; RICS Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference; Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference; International Commission on Occupational Health Congress; Plant and Equipment Management Innovation Conference; Corporate Social Responsibility Conference Birmingham City University; International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa; Public-Private-Partnership Conference Preston 2013.

Various former/ current external examiner roles including: PhDs Loughborough University; PhDs UMIST; MSc dissertations Bath University; PhD Proposals Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa; Construction Management MSc, University of Bolton

Various former / current consultancy roles to public and private organisations including: Scottish Hydro-electric plc; Lloyds TSB Insurance; J.C. Bamford; Hilti UK; A-Plant; Speedy Hire; public sector procurement authorities (e.g. Waveney, Wolverhampton); and several UK engineering contractors