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Senior Lecturer in Project Management

I am the Senior Lecturer in Project Management and the Programme Leader of the MSc Project Management programme.

I run an occasional blog for project management students.

As well as teaching project management, I am also interested in research in this area. The main focus of my research is the management of the design of complex projects, the modelling of through life costs and environmental costs of projects, incorporation of sustainability within project design and business management and finally the use of web based and other technologies in the management of projects. My research is backed up by over 25 years industrial experience prior to my move to academia.

Before entering academia I worked in various engineering and management roles in several companies which allowed me to gained extensive experience in successfully managing projects. Over the years I ran and managed numerous projects mainly in the UK, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and the USA, generally in the oil industry, electronic engineering and general engineering sectors.

Teaching and supervision

I currently teach and I'm the module leader for:
    • Project Management and Control
    • International Project Management in Practice
    • Commercial and Contractual Issues in Project Management

    Dissertation supervisor on:
  • MSc Dissertation Module
  • Around 20 students supervised per year

PhD student as co-supervisor:
  • Simin Baloochzadeh as co-supervisor for their first two years of study.
  • Communication and Knowledge Sharing Via the Web: An Investigation of the Impact of Web 2.0 Technologies on Communication Patterns and Knowledge.

Successful PhD students as co-supervisor:
  • Wafi Dawood Jaffar (2006)
  • Performance improvement in container terminals

Research interests for potential research students

Project Management


I started my research career at the University of Newcastle EPSRC Engineering Design Centre (EDC) in 1996 where I was a Senior Research Associate. While there I worked on three major projects: design management of complex system, modelling complex system and developing realistic whole life modelling and costing methods. All three projects involved working closely with major UK plcs including BA Systems, BNFL (as they were then), Rolls Royce (power group), Vosper Thorneycroft, AMEC and Kaverner.

In recent years my research has focused on sustainability and environmental issues within organisation and product life cycles, particularly with reference to the maritime industry and project concept design management. I am also very interested in how current technology affects how projects are managed.

A lot of my research interest in project management has been channelled via MSc students I have supervised. One of whom got through to the final three of the Association of Project Management Awards for best MSc dissertation in 2014. The title of his dissertation was “Agile Project Management Framework for e-Business Project in Unity Bank PLC”. In 2015 another student I supervised got through to the final of the APM awards for best MSc dissertation. This dissertation investigated ways of improving the running of a change management project within an organisation funded by the UK government.


Number of items: 15.

Book Section

Ridley, Ian (1997) Design as a Business Process. In: US Navy Design for Production Manual. United States Maritime Administration.

Conference or Workshop Item

Ridley, Ian (2017) Considerations on Modelling Aspects of Environmental Impact and Developing Sustainability Within Marine Vehicle Concept Design Projects. In: 8TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM SNAME WESTERN EUROPE SECTION, 13 October 2017, London. (Unpublished)

Ridley, Ian (2016) The role of project management during the concept design phase with particular reference to marine projects. In: SNAME WES Symposium, 14 Oct 2016, ABS Europe Ltd, London, E1 7HR. (Unpublished)

Ridley, Ian (2016) The role of project management during the concept design phase with particular reference to marine projects. In: Maritime Project Management, RINA, 24 Feb 2016, London, UK.

Ridley, Ian (2014) Sustainability, Reality or Corporate Hype or maybe a bit of both. In: Plymouth University Business School Postgraduate Symposium 2014, 2 July 2014, Plymouth University. (Unpublished)

Ridley, Ian and hutchinson, K W (2012) The Efficacy and Acceptance of Environmental Impact and Life Cycle Models within the Design Sector of the Marine Industry. In: The Environmentally Friendly Ship, 28 - 29 Feb 2012, RINA Head Quarters, London.

Ridley, Ian, Jaffar, W and Berry, G A (2005) Improving Performance in Container Ports. In: Integrating for Excellence Conference, Jun 2005, Sheffield, UK.

Ridley, Ian, Jaffar, Wafi and Berry, Gordon (2005) Performance Management in Port Authorities. In: Fourth International Conference on Maritime Engineering, Ports and Waterways, Apr 2005.

Ridley, Ian, Reeve, N and Hutchinson, K (2005) Design and Construction of Marine Vehicles for Environmental Sustainability: Adoption and Application of Principles and Techniques by Industry. In: ENSUS 2005: Marine Science and Technology for Environmental Sustainability Conference, Mar 2005, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. (Unpublished)

Ridley, Ian, Reeve, N and Hutchinson, K (2005) The Real World of Whole Life Costing. In: Whole Life Costing for Defence, 2005, IQPC, London. (Unpublished)

Ridley, Ian and Hutchinson, K (2004) Life Cycle Cost Drivers for Marine Vehicle Concept Design. In: Whole Life Costing for Defence 2004, 2004, IQPC, London. (Unpublished)

Ridley, Ian and Hutchinson, K (2002) Designing Marine Vehicles for Environmental Sustainability: Including Life Cycle Drivers During Concept Design. In: ENSUS 2002 - Marine Science and Technology for Environmental Sustainability Conference, 16-18 Dec 2002, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Ridley, Ian and Hutchinson, K (2002) The Consideration of Whole Life Drivers During the Conceptual Design of Marine Artefacts. In: Ship Design and Operation for Environmental Sustainability Conference, 4-5 Sep 2002, The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London.

Ridley, Ian and Stephenson, G H (1999) Through Life Costing and Manufacturing Decisions. In: Association of Cost Engneers, Cost Management Opportunities in Manufacturing Seminar, 1999, De Montfort University, UK. (Unpublished)

Ridley, Ian, Buxton, I L and Stephenson, G H (1999) The Use of Object Oriented Modelling in Through Life Costing of Shipboard Systems. In: 10th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding, 1999, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

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Project Management

Last updated 19 February 2020

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