Disruptive & Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Development in the Built Environment

Call for papers for: International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

Submission deadline: 7th April 2021
(Both original research papers and review papers are welcome)

Guest Editors:

Associate Professor The Quan Nguyen, National University of Civil Engineering, Vietnam. Email: [email protected]

Dr. Eric Lou, Reader in Project Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Email: [email protected] 

Dr. Kenneth Park, Reader in Construction Management & Engineering, Aston University, UK. Email: [email protected]

Overview of special issue

This Special Issue has a broad focus and invites researchers and professionals to share new ideas, innovations, trends, research findings and experiences concerning disruptive and innovative technologies and their impacts on the sustainable development in the built environment.

The built environment industry entered the digital age over the past decades, but it is now the time for a true digital revolution. Transforming through innovation presents potential benefits of digitalisation, to assess challenges and readiness of the construction industry towards digital transformations. Future growth and economic capacity rely on human resource capacity and international competitiveness (Fan et al., 2021). This comes with significant risk while disruptive technology such as 3D printing technology continues to impact the global supply chain and logistics industry (Beltagui et al., 2020). By incorporating specific skill sets in disruptive technology and using modern educational practices, a new mind-set where disruptive technology is approached with rigour and ambition and soft skills are developed as a specific aspect to improving organisation and individual capability.

While in America, The Brookings Institute have indicated that nearly 100 million jobs require significant digital skills. Two-thirds of the jobs created in the last decade require either high or moderate digital skills (Muro et al., 2017). The lack of enough qualified workers has been highlighted as a cause of limiting tech job growth in America (TechServe Alliance, 2018). A lack of ‘soft skills’ will severely hamper the effort to reduce the digital skills gap. Other studies, mostly using developed country data, recognize that machines may transform the tasks underlying jobs, leaving 95% of jobs intact, but with a different profile (Arntz, 2016) and that automation will require a broad range of knowledge; most of which is less about computer programming and more about digital literacy (technical knowledge) and human skills (Cunningham & Pimhidzai, 2018).

Indicative topics includes:

  • Disruptive Technologies in the Built Environment
  • 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping in the Built Environment
  • Advanced Manufacturing and off-site Construction
  • Scan-to-BIM in the Built Environment
  • Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) in the Built Environment.
  • Upskilling Human Resources for the AECO industry Leveraging Digital Technologies.
  • Data, Big Data and Machine Learning in the Built Environment.

Submission Guidelines:

For details on scope, please see:

Submissions to IJBPA should be through ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijbpa

Authors must select the Special Issue of “Disruptive & Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Development in the Built Environment”, when they submit. Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see: https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/ijbpa?id=ijbpa#author-guidelines

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Best regards, 

The Guest Editors

Quan, Eric and Kenny


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Beltagui, A., Kunz, N. and Gold, S. 2020. The role of 3D printing and open design on adoption of socially sustainable supply chain innovation. International Journal of Production Economics, 221, 107462.

Cunningham, W. and Pimhidzai, O. 2018. Vietnam’s Future Jobs Leveraging Mega-Trends for Greater Prosperity. Washington D.C.: The World Bank.

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Fan, D., Zhu, C.J., Huang, X. and Kumar, V. 2021. Mapping the terrain of international human resource management research over the past fifty years: A bibliographic analysis. Journal of World Business, 56(2), 101185.

Muro. M., Liu, S., Whiton, J. and Kulkarni, S. 2017. Digitalization of the American Workforce. Metropolitan Policy Program. Washington D.C.: Brookings.

Snyder, S. 2019. Talent, Not Technology, Is the Key to Success in a Digital Future. Geneva: World Economic Forum.

TechsServe Alliance. 2018. IT Job Growth 'Completely Stalled. Virginia: TechsServe Alliance