Dr Michael Coffey

Deputy Head of Department, Director of Postgraduate Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

Michael is Deputy Head of our Department and Director of Postgraduate Studies, responsible for developing and managing our postgraduate course portfolio. He also leads our MSc courses in Construction Management, Project Management and Construction Project Management.

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Mike previously taught at the University of Greenwich and at universities in a number of countries around the world, including Hong Kong and Singapore. After graduating, he worked as a quantity surveyor, commercial manager and project manager, in both professional and contracting organisations in Canada, Singapore and the UK. He also practises as an independent construction consultant and provider of corporate training programmes.

Here at Anglia Ruskin, Mike's teaching covers a broad range of construction and project management, including management, construction management, project management, operations and supply chain management. Michael also supervises PhD and PrD research students.


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MSc Construction Management, MSc Project Management and MSc Construction Project Management


  • Bsc Quantity Surveying, Portsmouth Polytechnic
  • MSc Construction Management, Brunel University
  • PhD, University of Strathclyde

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)
  • Member, the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB)
  • Member, the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI)
  • Member, Association for Project Management (MAPM)
  • Honorary Fellow, the Association of Cost Engineers (FACostE)
  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • External Examiner, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Advisor, College of Estate Management
  • Occasional lecturer, University of Bath
  • Occasional lecturer, University of Reading

Selected recent publications

Coffey, M. and Jones, K., 2006. Skill Requirements for Chartered Building Surveyors Working in Integrated Maintenance Teams. Report for the RICS Education Trust. London.

Fowler, N., Coffey, M. et al, 2004. Critical Chain Programming in House Construction. Consortium led by Denne Construction. London: DTi Partners in Innovation Grant.

Coffey, M., 1992. System Formwork Selection using Computer-Based Construction Simulation. Building Technology and Management, 18.

Coffey, M. and Langford, D., 1998. The Propensity for Employee Participation by Electrical and Mechanical Trades in the Construction Industry. Construction Management & Economics, 16.

Recent presentations and conferences

Coffey, M. and Fowler, N., 2010. A Comparison of the Attitude of Construction Workers Towards Empowerment and Participation Pre- and Post-Egan. In Barrett, P. et al (eds.) CIB World Congress, 10-13 May, Salford, No 695 (Winner of the Emerald Publishing Award).

Coffey, M., 2010. The Attitude of Construction Workers Towards Authority and Employers. In Egbu, C. (ed.) ARCOM 26, Leeds, 7-9 September.

Coffey, M. and Fowler, N., 2005. An Experimental Study of the Use of Critical Chain Programming in the Construction of Social Housing Projects. Proceedings of the 11th CIB International Symposium, Helsinki, Finland.

Coffey, M., 2005. Foreign Labour and its Effect on Change. Paper delivered at the seminar on Foreign Labour and Development Trajectories. University of Reading, ESRC Seminar Series, People and Culture in Construction.

Coffey, M., 2003. Establishing the Empowerment Requirements for Lean Construction and the Potential of the Workforce to Meet Them. Proceedings of CIB W55 and W65 Joint International Symposium, Singapore, September. 

Coffey, M., 2001. Establishing a System for the Professional Certification of Cost Engineers. Proceedings of the International Conference on Project Cost Management, Beijing, May.

Coffey, M., 2000. Developing and Maintaining Employee Commitment and Involvement in Lean Construction. IGLC-8 Conference Proceedings of the International Group for Lean Construction, Brighton, UK.

Coffey, M., 2000. Performance Indicators of Professional Services Used by Clients. Proceedings of COBRA 2000, RICS Research Foundation, London, pp.309-330. ISBN 1-84219-027-X.
Coffey, M. and Holder, L., 1997. Customer Feedback and Contractor Appraisals in Construction. Proceedings of the 13th ARCOM Conference, Cambridge. ISBN 086-339-759-X.

Coffey, M., Pyle, J. and Jones, K., 1996. The Impact of the End User on Building Energy Performance and Consumption. Proceedings of the RICS COBRA Conference, Bristol.

Coffey, M., 1996. The Potential for Employee Involvement in Construction. Proceedings of CIB W65 8th International Symposium, Glasgow, Scotland, E & FN Spon.

Coffey, M., 1995. Determination of the Desire of Construction Workers to Participate in Decision-Making. Proceedings of the 11th ARCOM Conference, York.

Coffey, M., 1993. Participation and Participative Management in the Construction Industry. Proceedings of the 9th ARCOM Conference, Exeter College, Oxford.