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Key Challenges of Managing Adaptation and Retrofit Projects

Special issue call for papers from Structural Survey


Structural Survey: Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue devoted to examining the challenges surrounding the effective project management of adaptation and retrofit refurbishment and maintenance projects.

This special issue will be guest edited by Dr Divine. K. Ahadzie of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana; and Dr Nii Amponsah Ankrah, University of Wolverhampton, England, UK.



The ever-pressing need to respond to climate change challenges and stringent sustainability standards has led to a significant growth in adaptation and retrofit projects. These projects are focussed towards achieving low carbon, energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings, that are better able to cope with increasing frequency and severity of natural events such as heat waves and flooding. These significant challenges coupled with the uncertainty and risk of adaptation and retrofit projects (i.e. close proximity of other buildings, lack of as-built information, new technologies and regulations) demand project managers to be ingeniously versatile in applying appropriate and effective project management solutions during their conception and execution. 

Thus, this special issue of the journal will seek to highlight the specific challenges that project managers encounter on such adaptation and retrofit projects.  The special issue will also explore the dynamics between the context (social, regulatory, technological, cultural etc.) and the project management competencies, and their impacts on navigating the challenges of major project delivery, as required for adaptation projects.



Authors are encouraged to submit papers encompassing a wide variety of project types (residential, building, commercial, industrial and civil engineering) involving but not restricted to the following themes:

• Project management practices on adaptation and retrofit projects
• Adaptation to climate change/low impact buildings
• Materials and components for sustainable buildings
• Integrating low impact buildings to other aspects of infrastructure
• Procurement and risk management adaptation
• Skills development and technology transfer
• Communication performance, linguistics and decision making
• Governance, Legislative and policy initiatives to facilitate adaptation to organisational behaviours
• Social, ethical and equity impacts of adaptation

This list is not exhaustive and interested authors are encouraged to contact the Guest Editors with alternative proposals. All full papers submitted are subject to anonymous double-blind peer review by relevant academics and researchers.



The closing date for submissions is 7 January 2014.

Full author guidelines and instructions on how to submit can be found at

Please submit your paper direct via the journal’s ScholarOne website at indicating that this is for the “Adaptation to Project Management Practices” special issue. 


Any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Divine Ahadzie.

Divine Ahadzie
Centre for Settlements Studies
College of Architecture and Planning
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
E-mail: [email protected] / [email protected]