Dr Svetlana Cicmil

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  • Qualifications:PhD, MBA, BSc (Civ Eng)
  • Position:Visiting Professor - Sustainability and Theory
  • Department:Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Telephone:+4411732 83464
  • Email:Svetlana.Cicmil@uwe.ac.uk

About me

 A civil engineer by training, I had worked in the construction industry before taking up an academic career as a researcher and management educator internationally. My research focuses on the critical study of project-based work and management as economic, social and political phenomena and on the pursuit of advanced understandings of sustainability, complexity and risks in organizations and global operations. I have published widely in academic and professional journals and co-edited, with Damian Hodgson, an influential book ‘Making Projects Critical’ (2006, Palgrave). My research has been supported by national and international grants. I am also an experienced supervisor and examiner of Doctoral / PhD research and have held a number of visiting posts internationally including professorships in Industrial Management at University of Vaasa, Finland, and in Organisational Management at European Centre for Peace and Development (UN University for Peace) in Belgrade, Serbia and at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria.  

Area of expertise

 Conceptually, my work is governed by Aristotelian notion of phronesis (practical wisdom), critical management studies and processual approaches to knowledge, collaborative action and decision making in everyday organisational life. The focus is on interconnectedness, interdependency, paradox and temporality in a global context of organisations, pronounced particularly in the set-up and conduct of major cross-border projects and our ‘projectified’ society. Given the prevalence of what is known as ‘sustainability agenda’ and the ideas it has been promoting and appropriating, such as geo-engineering, climate change, ecological crises, environmental protection, it has become inevitable to refocus critical attention to these issues in a broader field of project studies.​​


 "Automating MMC housing environmental performance design- an artificial intelligence approach" 2020 Vice Chancellor's Challenge Fund 

Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the New Business School Building Using Visual and Narrative Methodologies - Understanding Users' Lived Experience   https://myuwebbsview.com/about/

Horizon 2020 Social Cognitive Robotics in the European Society: SOCRATES training programme for early career researchers www.socrates-project.eu

Making Projects Critical http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/research/bristolleadershipcentre/research/currentandrecentprojects/makingprojectscritical.aspx


PhD research supervision

I am currently supervising five doctoral researchers and would welcome inquiries from prospective candidates in the areas of my experise.




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