Professor Patricia Carrillo


  • Professor of Strategic Management in Construction

Research and expertise

In recent years my research has focused on two main areas. The first area of research is knowledge management. I have worked on eight different research projects associated with this area. These have focused on identifying the type of knowledge needed, and how to embed and enhance knowledge management processes and technologies to improve project performance. This work has also looked at how we can learn lessons from previous project and disseminate these to current and future construction projects, mainly from the contractor’s perspective.

My second area of research has focused on improvement to Public Private Partnerships (PPP) projects. This body of research has focused on mechanism to improve the voice of stakeholders on PPP projects. This covers the entire PPP lifecycle from educating public bodies during the procurement stages to identifying stakeholder engagement intervention points and mechanisms during the construction and operation phases.

The above and previous areas of research have resulted in the authorship of five books, 99 journal articles and over 100 conference papers.

Current research activity 

  • Galliford Try KTP (Innovate UK)

Recently completed research projects 

  • IeCoP (European Construction Institute)

Recent publications

  • Amadi, C., Carrillo, P. and Tuuli, M. (2018) Stakeholder management in PPP projects: external stakeholders’ perspective, Built Environment Project Asset Management, 8 (4), 403 – 414.
  • Lui, F., Anumba, C.J., Jallow, A.K., and Carrillo, P. (2019) Integrated Change and Knowledge Management System – Development and Evaluation, Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 24, 112-128.

  • Lui, F., Anumba, C.J., Jallow, A.K., and Carrillo, P. (2019) Integrated Change and Knowledge Management (ICKM) Approach for Energy Retrofits, Journal of Architectural Engineering.


I contribute to learning and teaching activities including four across the Schools programmes including:


  • Construction Planning
  • Construction Programming software 
  • Performance Challenges facing UK Construction


  • Construction Planning
  • Construction Programming software 


Current projects 

  • Galliford Try Knowledge Transfer Partnership

I graduated and worked as a civil engineer in Trinidad in 1984.  My projects included the construction of multi-site, high density housing developments and infrastructure design for an industrial park.  In 1987 I won a British Council scholarship to undertake a MSc in Construction Management in Loughborough University.  I commenced working at Loughborough University as a Teaching Assistant in 1989 and completed my PhD whilst working as a lecturer. 

I have been involved in a range of research projects but my main interest but in recent years I have focused on the role of knowledge management within construction enterprises, lessons learned from unsuccessful projects, performance management and measurement and the stakeholder involvement in in Public Private Partnerships.

With respect to teaching, I have been Admissions Tutor for our MSc programmes in Construction Management, Programme Director and Director of Postgraduate Studies.  In 2014 I became Associate Dean (Teaching). Since then my major responsibilities have been to improve Learning and Teaching at both a School and University Leve for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  In that role I am part of several committees and working groups addressing key aspects of our students’ experiences e.g. such as University Learning and Teaching, Digital Strategy Working Group, Learning Environments Working Group, Attendance Monitoring Group, Mobile App Project Management Board, Personal Best, Racial Equality Action Group, etc.  I have also chaired various university-wide groups including the Coursework Scheduling Group and the IT Lab Governance group.

Professional affiliations

  • FICE


  • Student Engagement Award, Loughborough Students Union (2016)
  • Distinguished Service, Engineering Project Organisation Society (2013)
  • Best paper, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (2007)

 External activities

  • Panel Member: ICE Research and Development Enabling Fund
  • Editorial Board: Engineering Project Organization Journal
  • Visiting Professor: University of Calgary, University of Colorado, University of Florida
  • External Examiner: Reading, Bath and Makerere (Uganda)
  • Past Chair: Chartered Insitute of Building (East Midlands Branch)

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • Universities: Florida, Colorado, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, 
  • Contractors: Galliford Try, Interserve