Sustainability Scholarship

The sustainability agenda, though it continues to evolve and develop, will impact on every business going forward. Whether you are interested in the advent of carbon accounting on projects or the importance of water conservation in the future, the Sustainability Scholarship encourages a company to carry out research using one of its employees.

Established in 2007 jointly with the CIOB and the College of Estate Management, the £3000 scholarship is awarded annually. The subject of the research must benefit both the individual company and the wider industry.

Companies must agree to host the scholarship before putting forward a possible candidate and will continue to pay their salary during the scholarship year. That candidate will then meet with experts every few months to receive support and mentoring, with a presentation, hosted by their company, to share their findings at the end of the 12-month scholarship period.

The research will also be considered for publication to a wider audience via CIOB's magazine Construction, Research and Innovation which goes out to directors and senior managers around the industry. 

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Past Sustainability Scholars


Inga Brecht from Willmott Dixon.


Szilvia Zakar from Sir Robert McAlpine.

Emma Gains from Faithfull & Gould.



Richard Bartlett from Willmott Dixon. His research "The influence of Sustainability drivers for main contractors on material choices in non-domestic construction"

Ed Dixon from Mace. His research "Lean and Green: Delivering sustainable outcomes through Lean project management"