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Civil and Building Engineering

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Sohail (Khan), M.

Professor M. Sohail (Khan)

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Publications

Background

Sohail joined Loughborough University from industry in 1993 , following a career in infrastructure project management with an American corporation. He was attracted to work in international development with specific reference to sustainable urban infrastructure provision. Now Professor of Sustainable Infrastructure and the Director of Research and Enterprise at WEDC, he has published more than 110 journal papers, books and conference papers and has international experience of more than 30 countries. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the editorial panel of an Institution of Civil Engineers journal, has served on several scientific committees and refereed several journals and research submissions for esteemed journals.

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Professional Affiliations

Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, USA, (Member since 1997, awarded Fellowship in 2008.)
Member of Pakistan Engineering Council, life member since 1986.
Member of World Road Association (PIARC).
Member of CIB Work Commission 107 (Construction in Developing Countries) and also participated in the activities of other CIB commissions and task groups. Appointed since 2001.

External Activities

 

    Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, USA, (Member since 1997, awarded Fellowship in 2008.)
    Member of Pakistan Engineering Council, life member since 1986.
    Member of World Road Association (PIARC).
    Member of CIB Work Commission 107 (Construction in Developing Countries) and also participated in the activities of other CIB commissions and task groups. Appointed since 2001.
    Invited member of scientific committee of BEAR (Building Engineering and Research) conference organized under CIB 89 working group from 11-13 April 2006. The group promotes research and education within the built environment.
    Institution of Civil Engineers: member of the editorial panel (2001 -2009) for Municipal Engineers Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers. Edited seven special issues.
    Institution of Civil Engineers: member of the editorial (2009 onwards) panel for Engineering Sustainability Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers.
    External examiner for Masters programme at Oxford Brookes University – (five-year appointment since 2001).
    External examiner of Doctoral candidates within UK (e.g, Birmingham, Southampton, Strathclyde) and South Africa.
    International academic visits undertaken to institutions like MITand Yale in the USA. This has led to collaboration and development of projects in the area of partnering.
    Member of Board of Directors of an e-journal, ‘The international journal for service learning in engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship’ published by Penn State University, USA.
    Invited to contribute to the first Water Encyclopaedia by John Wiley, recognising leadership in the field of partnership.
    Review proposals for funding bodies such as UK research councils, British Council, National Academy of Sciences, Finland.
    Reviewer of various academic refereed journals, including Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, Journal of Construction Management and Economics, The Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (Engineering Sustainability, Municipal Engineer, Water Management, Transport, Waste and Resource Management), American Society of Civil Engineers( various), The Natural Resources Forum, Journal of Environment and Development, International Journal of Transportation Engineering, Transport Policy and Geo-Forum, Utilities policy, Public Administration and Development, Environment and planning-B, Water Supply: Research and Technology

 

Broad Interests and Expertise

Improving quality of life though sustainable infrastructure provision

The issues of interest in no particular order: Sustainability, Infrastructure economics, infrastructure development and finance, infrastructure policy and politics, Accountability and transparency, anti-corruption, construction, project management, project delivery, energy security, innovative toilets, private sector development and partnering, public infrastructure management, public interest litigation, transport policy, water policy, consumer behavior, Employment creation, incentives, markets, pricing and tariffs, project finance, public private partnerships, and organizational relationships.

International development, History, Influence, Philosophy, human behavior, listening

Higher education performance excellence

Theoretical interests: chaos, complexity, games, and reciprocity theory

 

Research Interests

PRIME RESEARCH AREA

Provision of sustainable urban infrastructure to the bottom billion people through partnering – policy, planning, procurement and management

THEMATIC INTERESTS

  • Sustainable infrastructure provision including for the bottom (socially and economically deprived) billion people including political dimensions
  • Partnering to serve the urban poor: Improving urban services and fighting corruption. Improving urban quality of life using governance and management principles in the context of urban infrastructure services like water, sanitation and public transport. The issues looked into are partnering, values, access to and quality of urban services, combating corruption, improving accountability and transparency, service provision in uncertain environment, conflict resolutions, strategic decision making
  • Organisational relationships including role of private sector, not for profit organisation in infrastructure provision, public-private partnerships (PPPs) for the urban environment, privatization (incl. water sector) – procurement, type of contacts including concessions , tariff setting and regulation
  • Performance excellence, triggering and sustaining excellence, life cycle performance analysis, monitoring indicators, benchmarking, entrepreneurship including social entrepreneurship in urban service provision including community partnered procurement, and good practices analysis
  • Innovative research methods and their applications in the context of urban infrastructure provision.

Previous Research Projects

Current and previous projects   Value Reinvent the toilet-Phase 2  Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates foundation Position in grant: Principal investigator Co-investigator: Various Partners: Period: 2012-2014 Description: Following on from the award of phase one and Prize, the grant for second phase was awarded to take the Reinvented Toilet to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7. This prestigious grant was awarded after an international competition. The aim is to radically change the existing toilets to contributing in providing access to 10 million people over 5 years. A toilet that produces biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water. A description as appeared in media is as follows; “Professor M. Sohail of Loughborough University and his team propose to develop a toilet to transform faeces into a highly energetic combustible through a process combining hydrothermal carbonization of faecal sludge followed by combustion. The process will be powered by the heat generated during the combustion phase and will recover water and salt from faeces and urine.” (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Grants-2012/Pages/Loughborough-University-Water-Engineering-Development-Centre-OPP1069495.aspx). $1,072,987 Reinvent the toilet-Second Prize awarded for Phase one work Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates foundation Position in grant: Principal investigator Co-investigator: Various Partners: Period: 2012 Description: This prestigious grant was awarded after an international competition. The aim is to radically change the existing toilets to contributing in providing access to 10 million people over 5 years. A toilet that produces biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water. A description as appeared in media is as follows; “Professor M. Sohail of Loughborough University and his team propose to develop a toilet to transform faeces into a highly energetic combustible through a process combining hydrothermal carbonization of faecal sludge followed by combustion. The process will be powered by the heat generated during the combustion phase and will recover water and salt from faeces and urine.” (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/press-releases/Pages/Bill-Gates-Names-Winners-of-the-Reinvent-the-Toilet-Challenge-120814.aspx) (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/service/publicity/news-releases/2012/153_reinvent_toilet.html)   $60000 Reinvent the toilet Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates foundation Position in grant: Principal investigator Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2011-2012 Description: This prestigious grant was awarded after an international competition. The aim is to radically change the existing toilets to contributing in providing access to 10 million people over 5 years. A toilet that produces biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water. A description as appeared in media is as follows; Professor M. Sohail of Loughborough University and his team propose to develop a toilet to transform faeces into a highly energetic combustible through a process combining hydrothermal carbonization of faecal sludge followed by combustion. The process will be powered by the heat generated during the combustion phase and will recover water and salt from faeces and urine. (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Grants-2011/Pages/Loughborough-University-Water-Engineering-Development-Centre-OPP1036986.aspx) (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/service/publicity/news-releases/2011/93_Reinvent_the_Toilet.html) $ 398,000. Guidance on a total sanitation & sanitation marketing programme Position in grant: Co-investigator Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 1/07/2010-30/09/2010 Description: To evaluated the existing practices of the projects which are using total sanitation and sanitation marketing   Sponsor: CDM, USA 12,180 Partnering to combat corruption in infrastructure delivery Sponsor: Commonwealth Association Position in grant: Principal investigator Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2007-2008 Description: To improve governance through the use of accountability arrangements to combat corruption in the context of infrastructure services focusing on commonwealth countries.   49,000 Partnerships in water and sanitation sector Utilities Sponsor: DFID Position in grant: Principal investigator Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2007-2008 Description: To improve utilities performance through partnerships among utilities.   13,703 Accountability arrangements to combat corruption in the delivery of infrastructure services Sponsor: Commonwealth Association Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2006-07 Description: To improve governance through the use of accountability arrangements to combat corruption in the context of infrastructure services focusing on commonwealth countries.   32,000 Pro-poor elements of procurement procedures Sponsor: United Nations International Labour Organization Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2005-06 Description: To identify and establish elements that support and promote pro-poor municipal procurement systems. The project draws on experiences and fieldwork from Tanzania. 6,613 Accountability arrangements to combat corruption Sponsor: Department for International Development (DfID) Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2004-07 Description: To improve governance through the use of accountability arrangements to combat corruption in the delivery of infrastructure services in urban and rural contexts. The project draws on experiences and fieldwork from South Korea, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, China, UK, Ukraine, South Africa and Argentina.   230,000 Public-private partnerships for the urban environment Sponsor: United Nations Development Programme Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2002-04 Description: Inviting and assimilating comments on PPP experience from international experts from Uganda, Namibia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Argentina, Peru, Russia, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The work involved independent negotiations, quality assurance and research, and conversion of results into a Global Toolkit for the UN.   150,000 Status and trends of private sector participation in ECA Sponsor: World Bank Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2003-04 Description: Research and predicting trends as a contribution in the World Bank global policy formulation, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The work included research in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The findings were submitted as a paper, which was presented in Austria. The work also included independent negotiation with the World Bank. This work is one of the key endorsements for recognition of world expertise in the subject area.       35,000 Key issues of privatization of the water sector for practical applications Sponsor: Inwent and FAKT, Germany Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2003-04 Description: Research and converting research into an online course, development of online material, online tutoring, online marking and organizing a workshop in Jordan. The work also included independent negotiation with a new client, leading to further work. This is an endorsement of recognition of world expertise in the subject field.   Euro 26,000 Guidance note on tariffs Sponsor: Suez Environment (a subsidiary of a multinational water company) Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Period: 2000-04 Description: Converting research into an industry-friendly guidance note. Suez is one of the two largest water sector multinationals. This is an endorsement of recognition of world expertise in the subject field.   20,000 Public-private partnerships and the poor in water and sanitation Sponsor: Department for International Development Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Period: 1999-03 Description: Developing research framework, commissioning and conducting overseas research, monitoring the research activities, and developing and disseminating the research outputs. International links were made with key academic and private sector organizations. The work also included negotiation with the client. This is an endorsement of recognition of world expertise in the subject field.   386,000 Partnerships to improve access and quality of public transport Phase 2 Sponsor: Department for International Development Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Period: 2000-03 Description: Developing research framework, commissioning and conducting overseas research, monitoring research activities, and developing and disseminating the research outputs.     175,000 Private infrastructure service providers Sponsor: Department for International Development/ITC Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2001-04 Description: Developing research framework, commissioning and conducting overseas research, monitoring research activities, and developing and disseminating the research outputs.   60,000 (part) Urban livelihoods Sponsor: Department for International Development/Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG; now Practical Action) Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2001-04 Description: Developing research framework, commissioning and conducting overseas research, monitoring research activities, and developing and disseminating the research outputs.   233,000 (part) Regulatory guidelines for urban upgrading Sponsor: Department for International Development/ITDG Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 2000-04 Description: Developing research framework, commissioning and conducting overseas research, monitoring research activities, and developing and disseminating the research outputs.     (part) Activity patterns, transport and policies for the urban poor Sponsor: Department for International Development/TRL Position in grant: Principal investigator/senior research manager Period: 2000-04 Description: Developing research framework, commissioning and conducting overseas research, monitoring research activities, and developing and disseminating the research outputs.   372,802 (part) Operation, maintenance and sustainability of services for the poor Sponsor: Department for International Development Position in grant: Principal investigator/research manager Period: 1999-2002 Description: Developing research framework, commissioning and conducting overseas research, monitoring research activities, and developing and disseminating the research outputs.     172,000 Partnerships to improve access and quality of public transport for the urban poor Sponsor: Department for International Development Position in grant: Principal investigator/research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 1999-2000 Description: Developing research framework, commissioning and conducting overseas research, monitoring research activities, and developing and disseminating the research outputs.   50,000 Rail noise research understanding community annoyance factors Sponsor: Railtrack plc Position in grant: Principal investigator/research manager Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 1999-2000 Description: Negotiations with the client, conducting research and production of outputs.   25,000 (part) Performance monitoring of micro-contracts for infrastructure procurement Sponsor: Department for International Development Position in grant: Principal investigator Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 1999-2000 Description: Research design, data collection, analysis and research reporting, including fieldwork in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.   130,000 (part) Procurement of infrastructure in low-income urban communities Sponsor: Department for International Development Position in grant: Principal investigator Co-investigator: Partners: Period: 1994-96 Description: Research design, data collection, analysis and research reporting, including fieldwork in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.   160,000 (part)

Other Information

 RESEARCH SUPERVISION

Completed PhD students:   1.    Steve Doe FT (Sole supervisor – SS) Title: “Community operation and maintenance and public–private partnerships in the water sector: a case study of small towns in Ghana” Completed and passed   2.    Sue Cavill FT (SS) Title: “Accountability arrangements for sustainable urban services” Period: 2001-04 Completed and passed   3.    Noman Ahmed PT (SS) Title: “Alternative arrangements for water supply in urban areas” Period: 2001-04 Completed and passed   4.    Felix Addo-yobo FT (JS) Title: “Sustainable water service delivery for the urban poor” Period: 2003-05. Completed and passed   5.    Norline Martin FT (SS) Title: “Attracting private investment in water and sanitation services in the Caribbean” Period: 2002-05 Completed and passed   6.    Paul Ihuoma Oliuikpe FT (JS) Title: “Knowledge management in development projects” Period: 2003-06 Completed and passed   7.    Sourani Amro FT (SS) Title: “Promoting the attainment of social and economic objectives of sustainable construction” Period: 2003-06 Completed and passed   8.    Sharadbala Joshi FT (SS) Title: ‘Scaling-up and mainstreaming of good practices for sustainable development’ Completed and passed   9.    Phillip Gerhard Terhorst FT (SS) Title: “Public popular partnering for sustainable water supply” Completed and passed   10.Andrew Nkansah FT (JS) Title: “Sustainable Faecal Sludge(FS) Management in Urban areas of Low-income Countries” Completed and passed   11.Abdel Rahman Alamarah PT (SS) Title: “Conceptual model for water tariff policy under uncertain socioeconomic conditions in rural areas – Case from Palestine” Completed and passed   12. Afroza Ahmed PT (SS) Title: “Factors and issues related to children’s play and their implications on play and recreation provision in Dhaka City” Completed and passed   13.Peter Mburu FT (JS) Title: “The role of faith-based organization in the delivery of urban services to the poor” sustainable water supply in Africa’ Completed and passed   14.Azage Gebremariu FT (SS) Title: “Multidimensional Approach to Local Water Conflicts-A Study Based on the Afar Region of Ethiopia” Completed and passed   15.Phillipa Scott FT (JS) Title: “Unbundling Tenure Issues for Urban Sanitation Development” Completed and passed   16.V J.Ojo (SS) Title: “Consumer voice in provision of sustainable infrastructure services” Completed and passed   Ongoing doctoral students:       17. Norimtihan HJ Abdul Razak FT (SS) Title: “An investigation into triggering and sustaining excellence in public sector organisations” Period: 2009-12   18.Louise Susan Medland FT(JS) Title: “Whole life Cycle performance analysis of infrastructure system in a multi-hazard context ” Period: 2010-13   19.Hubert Robert Kibuuka PT (JS) Title: “The Impact of Institutionalization of Project Management Information Systems on Infrastructure Project Management Success: A case study on Uganda’” Period: 2010-15     20.  Ali Abdullah Mohamed Al Shueili FT(SS) Title: “The Water Sectors Sustainability Based on Water Tariff ” Period: 2011-14     21.Abdullahi Audu Saibu PT (SS) Title: “Faith-inspired intervention in the provision of water in selected deprived areas in Nigeria” Period: 2011-16   22.Olaosebikan Ogunfiditimi PT (JS) Title: “Life cycle costing assessment of Housing in South Africa” Period: 2011-16   23.Natalie Curd FT (JS) Title: “Policy for energy security” Period: 2011-14   24 Ruth Hoyland FT(JS) Title: “Thermal Comfort Performance of Humanitarian Relief Tents” Period: 2012-15   25 Cheryl Choge PT (JS) Title: “Addressing the Market Failure in Sanitation” Period: 2012-17

Methods

Experienced in use of quantitative and qualitative  methods with spsecific interest in social experimentation.

 

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