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​Dr Clinton Aigbavboa gained his PhD degree in Engineering Management from the University of Johannesburg in 2013. He recently completed a short learning programme in Good Governance in Africa from the Thabo Mbeki Africa Leadership Institute at the University of South Africa (UNISA). After working in the construction industry for eight years in various capacities as a project quantity surveyor, cost estimator and in project management capacity, he joined the Department of Construction Management & Quantity Surveying at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in July 2007 as Part-time Lecturer. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in October 2014.

Dr Aigbavboa is an active researcher with an interest in the field of sustainable human development, with research focus on the following areas: sustainable housing regeneration (urban renewal and informal housing), lifecycle assessment in the construction industry, leadership in low-income housing, postoccupancy evaluation and green job creation. His research draws on current developments and is applicable to construction industry development via the development of emerging contractors, the economics of infrastructure development, and the adaptation of building information modelling as a solution to the eradication/minimisation of urban and rural housing shortages. To date he has graduated five master’s students, another student’s result has been favourably approved by the external examiners while six other students are in the final examination stages before submission for examination. He is currently supervising 13 PhD and 22 master’s students. He has also supervised more than 100 BTech projects since joining UJ. He has published more than 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings and three book chapters. His master’s dissertation was converted into a monograph entitled Post Occupancy Evaluation of Housing Subsidy Beneficiaries in South Africa. In 2014, Dr Aigbavboa authored/co-authored seven accredited journal articles and 54 peerconference papers, thus contributing a total of 14.40 research units to the University of Johannesburg research output in 2014. This is a major achievement, particularly considering that he obtained his PhD degree in 2013. This qualifies Dr Aigbavboa to be considered as one of the topranked early-career researchers at the national level, as evidenced by the criteria listed above. Since 2011, Dr Aigbavboa has consistently been among the top 10 researchers in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment. His research work is gaining visibility in the scientific community, as shown by a progressive citation of his work (given that he only recently acquired his PhD): he has achieved a Scopus-based h-index of 1 and a Google Scholar h-index of 3.

Dr Aigbavboa is currently the editor of the Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation (accredited by the DoHET) and has received national and international recognition in his field of research. He is a member of the editorial board of international journals. He regularly receives invitations to review national and international journal articles and to act as examiner for master’s and PhD theses from various institutions. Dr Aigbavboa has established significant research collaboration and relationships with some national and international institutions and with the industry. The most recent includes the signing of an MOA with the Scientific Society for the Promotion and Advancement of the Social Sciences (Akraoasis) in Serbia. He is also an academic quality controller for South African-based construction industry training outfits offering training materials. Based on the above, it is evident that Dr Aigbavboa is a worthy candidate for the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for the most Promising Young Researcher.