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    Interested applicants can apply for EPS PhD Studentship 2023/24 Academic Year

    Proposed PhD Research Topic: Blockchain-based digital twin data management platform for work-related risk assessment in construction

    Knowledge and Skills required by applicant: Undergraduate degree (First class or Second class upper) or Master degree programmes in Construction Management, Engineering (Civil/Computer/Mechanical, Architectural, etc.), Quantity Surveying, or other closely related disciplines. Preferred skills include background in computer programming, signal processing, and computational data analyses (e.g., machine learning).

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    Maxwell Fordjour Antwi-Afari is a Lecturer in Construction & Qs at School of Engineering Systems & Management in Aston University, Birmingham, UK. He attained his Ph.D. in Construction Information Technology at the Department of Building and Real Estate in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University through the Postgraduate Studentship Scholarship in March 2019. He received his MPhil in Building Technology at the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana in August 2015. Maxwell obtained his BSc in Construction Technology and Management (First Class Honours) from KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana in August 2012. 


    • Ph.D. in Construction Information Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    • MPhil in Building Technology, KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana
    • BSc in Construction Technology and Management (First Class Honours), KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana

    Research Interests

    • Construction Informatics
    • Construction Management and Engineering
    • Construction Ergonomics
    • Construction Health and Safety
    • Digital Construction Technologies and Innovations (e.g., BIM, wearable sensors, robotics)
    • Biomechanical Analysis
    • Technology Transfer in Construction

    Teaching Activity

    • EC114C - BIM for Construction
    • EC2IBID - Introduction to Building Information and Digital Construction
    • EC2ABID - Advanced Building Information and Digital Construction
    • EC4DEC - Digital Engineering and Smart Construction


    • Lecturer, Aston University (August 2020 - Present)
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (April 2019 - July 2020)
    • Research Associate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (November 2018 - March 2019)
    • Service Lecturer, KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana (January 2015 - May 2015)
    • Graduate Research Assistant, KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana (August 2014 - May 2015)
    • Teaching and Research Assistant, KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana (August 2012 - August 2013)

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
    • Member, Hong Kong Ergonomics Society (HKES)
    • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Incorporate Member, Ghana Institute of Construction (GIOC)


    • Best Newcomer at Aston University for Aston Achievement Awards 2021
    • Outstanding Student Project Award, Hong Kong Ergonomics Society (HKES) for the 2018/2019 Academic Year (Postgraduate Degree Programmes Category)
    • Annual Best Dissertation Competition 2018 (Third Winner), organized by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction Student Chapter (CIBSC)
    • Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Best Project Scholarship (Grand Winner), organized by Hong Kong Occupational Safety & Health Council Best Project Scholarship for the Academic Year 2017/2018 (Postgraduate Degree Programmes Category) 
    • Commendation Award, The Chartered Institute of Building (Hong Kong) Outstanding Paper Awards 2018
    • Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Student Research Scholarship, organized by Hong Kong Occupational Safety & Health Council for the 2017 academic year
    • Gibrine Adam Promising Young Scholar Award, 7th West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference, 16-18 August 2017, Accra, Ghana
    • Most Popular Award, 16th Academic Conference for Post-Graduate Students in Construction Management and Real Estate, CIBSC, June 2017

    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 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

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Evaluation of Biomechanical Risk Factors for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders and Fall Injuries among Construction Workers, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Aug 2015Mar 2019

    MPhil, Development of a Framework for Technology Transfer Partnerships (TTPs) in the Ghanaian Construction Industry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

    Aug 2013Aug 2015

    BSc, Compliance of Health and Safety Regulations in the Ghanaian Construction Industry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

    Aug 2008Aug 2012


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