• 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Fatal construction industry accidents: international comparisons for global improvement; Improving mental health in construction

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Billy is a Professor of Construction Management within the School of Computing Engineering & Built Environment. He is Research Theme Lead for Built Environments, Deputy Director of the School’s Research Centre for ‘Built Environment Asset Management’ (BEAM) and a member of the Ethics Committee. Billy has a PhD in Construction Management; BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering and a BA in Occupational Health and Safety. He joined GCU in 2002, after a career in construction contracting. Since then, he has delivered research on several HSE, IOSH, EPSRC, CITB and industry funded projects totalling £900k, 50+ peer-reviewed publications and a REF Impact Case Studies for REF2014 & 2021. His research portfolio is mainly focused on improving occupational health and safety within the construction industry, including studies that have improved worker engagement, migrant worker H&S, and safety in design. These contribute directly to UN Sustainable Development Goals for ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’, and ‘Decent Work’. Billy’s industry engagement is a key factor in his research success, with several studies leading to industry guidance for HSE and CITB. He has developed several CPD courses on the subject of construction health and safety, and is a Past-Chair of the CIOB National H&S Group, currently International Coordinator of the ‘International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction’ Health and Safety Working Group, and chair of several other industry working groups.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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