Louis Gunnigan

Louis Gunnigan

Team Leader for Engineering and Built Environment

Campus Planning Office

Dublin Institute of Technology

Grangegorman Lower

Dublin 7




tel:+353 (0)87 615 3066



Specialist Areas

- University Campus Development

- Assessment and development of control procedures for the management of Functionality Risk in large scale construction developments

- Advising Client and private sector organisations on undertaking Public Private Partnership (PPP)

- Change Management

- External Examiner of Masters and PhD programmes

- Career Mentoring and Coaching


Academic Qualifications                                                                                                     

Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy) Universityof Salford, Greater Manchester - 2007

M.Sc (Master of Science by Research) TrinityCollege, Dublin - 1999

B.Tech.Ed (Bachelor of Wood & Building Technology Education) Thomond College, Limerick (now part of University of Limerick) - 1986

Employment Record 

Team Leader for Engineering & Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology - Current from Oct 2011

Head of School of Construction, Dublin Institute of Technology, Sept 2009 to Oct 2011

Head of Department of Construction Management & Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, April 2002 to Sept 2009

Human Resources Manager, John Sisk & Son Ltd., Dublin - March 1998 to April 2002         

Research Assistant, Building Information Centre - Sept 1997 to March 1998

Principal and Trainer, Construction Training - Sept 1994 to April 1998   

Teacher of Construction Studies and Technical Drawing, St. Aidan’s Community School, Dublin 24 - April 1994 to June 1997

Part-Time Lecturer in Construction Management, DIT, Bolton Street,  Dublin 1 - Sept 1994 to June 1997  

Contracts Manager, Terence Harvey Contract Services, Gainstown, Navan, Co. Meath - Nov 1992 to April 1992

Senior Engineer, Sir Robert McAlpine, Holborn Bars Project, London EC1 - Aug 1989 to Aug 1992 

Assistant Site Manager, John Paul Construction, Windy Arbour, Dublin 14 - Aug 1988 to July 1989

Teacher of Construction Studies and Technical Drawing, Ballinteer Community School, Dublin 16 - Sept 1986 to June 1988

Undergraduate Student, University of Limerick - Sept 1983 to June 1986

Self Employed Carpenter - Sept 1982 to Sept 1983

Apprentice Carpenter, John Paul Construction - Aug 1979 to Aug 1982

Apprentice Carpenter, AnCo Galway - Sept 1978 to Aug 1979


External Examiner positions held

2016 to date          Waterford Institute of Technology M Sc. in Construction Project Management

2011                     University of Limerick, PhD

2007 – 10             Nottingham TrentUniversity M Sc. (Hons) in Construction Management

2005 – 08             GMIT B Sc. (Hons) in Construction Management

2005                     CIT B Tech (Hons) in Construction Management

2001                     DIT B.Sc. in Construction Economics


Research Supervision Experience

Currently supervising one PhD student

Two PhD and two M.Phil students supervised to completion


Member of Editorial Boards of Academic Journals

International Journal of Construction Management


Reviewer for the following Academic Journals

Journal of Civil Engineering & Management

Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction

Journal of Construction Innovation

Journal of Construction Management & Economics

Journal of Construction in Developing Countries


Participation on Collaborative EU Funded Research projects

2010 – 2014         TEN PPP COST Project

2010 – 2012         TEP PPP Leonardo DaVince Funded project

2009                     Provision of Masterclass on E-BUHU-MC project,Telc,Czech Republic

2003 to 2005        Member of two working groups on the PeBBU project (Performance Based Building)


Academic Papers & Publications

Published Papers 

Carbonara, N., Domingues, S., Gunnigan, L., Pantelias, A., Pellegrino, R., Vanelsander, T., (2015) Improving PPP decision-making processes: A decision support framework, published in Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory 2015 (eds Roumboutsos, A.) Routledge, Oxon. ISBN : 978-1-138-89816-5 

O'Neill, D., Gunnigan, L., Clarke, P., (2015), Evolution of the construction of Dublin City Council’s housing, with emphasis on wall construction, Structural Survey: Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment, Vol. 33 Iss 2, 2015

Carbonara, N., Costantino, N., Gunnigan, L., Pellegrino, R. (2015) Risk Management in Motorway PPP Projects: Empirical-based Guidelines, Transport Reviews Vol. 35, Is. 2, 2015

Carbonara, N., Gunnigan, L., Pellegrino, R., Sciancalepore, F., (2012) Tendering Procedures in PPP: A Literature Review, published in Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory 2011 Discussion Papers (eds Roumboutsos, A., and Carbonara, N.) COST Action TU1001, Bari, Italy. ISBN : 978-88-97781-04-2 

Rajput, R. and Gunnigan, L.  Public Private Partnership (PPP) - “Sustainability In The Context Of PPP Educational Projects In Ireland”  2011 Architectural Engineering Conference, Oakland, California, March 30 - April 2, 2011 

O'Neill, D., Gunnigan, L., Clarke, P.: Reducing the Cost of Upgrading Dublin City’s Local Authority Housing Built Prior to the Introduction of the 1991 Building Regulations, through Lean Thinking/Lean Construction. 10th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPRC), 14th - 15th of September 2011, University of Salford, UK .

Rajput, R. and Gunnigan, L. Comparison of Indian PPP Construction Industry and European PPP Construction Industry: Process, Thresholds and Implementation. CIB World Congress 2010, 10th – 14th May 2010, Salford, UK

Gunnigan, L. and Reismann, W.  ICPMA Knowledge Management Centre – Sharing Knowledge in the International Construction Project Management Community, CIB W55/65 Conference, 27th to 30th September 2009, Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Reismann, W. And Gunnigan, L., Current and Potential Future Trends in Construction Project Management (CPM) and their Benefits for Central and Eastern European (CEE/SEE) Countries, CIB W55/65 Conference, 27th to 30th September 2009,Dubrovnik,Croatia 

Gunnigan, L., and Eaton, D., Barriers to Innovation in Public Private Partnerships (PPP), COBRA 2008 Conference, 5 September 2008, Dublin, Ireland

Gunnigan, L., and McDonagh, J., Changing Training Needs Arising from Introduction of Off-Site Construction Techniques, Proceedings of the BEAR 2008 (CIBW89) International Conference, 11th to 15th February 2008, Heritance Kandalama,Sri Lanka.

Gunnigan, L 2007, Increasing effectiveness of public private partnerships in the Irish construction industry , PhD thesis, University of Salford, UK

Eaton, D., Akbiyikli, R., de Lemos, T., Gunnigan, L., Ozen Kutanis, R., Casensky, M., Ladra, J., and El Sawalhi, N., (2007) An Examination of the Suitability of a UK PFI Model within the Czech Republic, the Republic of Ireland, Palestine (Gaza-West Bank), Portugal and Turkey. Journal of Construction Innovation Vol 7 No 1.

McDonagh, J., and Gunnigan, L., A Critical Appraisal of the Opportunities currently available for a more Energy Conscious Approach to Residential Building in Ireland, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Renewable energy in Maritime Island Climates, April 26 - 28 2006, Dublin.

Gunnigan, L., and Eaton, D., Addressing the challenges that are emerging in the continued increase in PPP use in the Republic Of Ireland, Proceedings of the CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research, April 11-13 2006, Hong Kong.

Gunnigan, L., and Eaton, D., A critical appraisal of the roles of public sector employees in the provision of educational buildings under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the Republic of Ireland, Proceedings of the CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research, April 11-13 2006, Hong Kong.

Gunnigan, L., and Eaton, D. An examination of the effect on organisational culture of the implementation of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Ireland. 2005 CIB W92/T23/W107 International Symposium on Procurement Systems, The Impact of Cultural Differences and Systems on Construction Performance. Las Vegas, NV, 8th to 10th February 2005.

Eaton, D., Akbiyikli, R., de Lemos, T., Gunnigan, L., and Kutanis, R A. A cross-cultural examination of PFI within the Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Turkey and the UK utilising the SLEEPT methodology, 2005 CIB W92/T23/W107 International Symposium on Procurement Systems, The Impact of Cultural Differences and Systems on Construction Performance. Las Vegas, NV, 8th to 10th February 2005.

Gunnigan, L., Hore, A.V., and Orr, T.L.L.: Rationalising the Construction Materials Purchasing Process paper presented the 1st International SCRI Symposium,University of Salford, Manchester, 30th March 2004.

Hore, A.V., Gunnigan, L., and West, R.P. Enabling the Re-engineering of Material Purchasing in the Construction Industry by Effective use of IT paper presented the 1st International SCRI Symposium,University of Salford,Manchester, 30th March 2004.

Gunnigan, L. and Orr, T.L.L.: The Changing Construction Industry- a management challenge, paper presented to a meeting of the Project Management Society of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, November 2000

Gunnigan, L.: IT in Construction, Understanding the Complexity, paper presented at Harnessing the Potential of IT in Construction Conference, DIT November 1999 (Paper published in Project Management magazine March 2000)

Gunnigan, L.:The Construction Management Software Guide 1997, published by Plan Magazine and The Building Information Centre, October 1997.



Gunnigan, L.: Increasing the Effectiveness of Public Private Partnerships in the Irish Construction Industry, thesis submitted to the Research Institute for Built and Human Environment (BuHu) University of Salford, Salford, UK fulfilment of the requirements of a Doctorate of Philosophy (2007)

Gunnigan, L.: Management of Change in the Irish Construction Industry, thesis submitted to the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin in fulfilment of the requirements of achieving an MSc by Research (1999)

Reports and other Articles 

Gunnigan, L., Regional and Municipal Governance of Public Private Partnerships, Train the Trainer Module developed as part of the UNECE Toolkit for Capacity Building of PPP in Transition and Developing Economies, presented at International Conference “New opportunities for infrastructure development in countries in transition” (21-22 October 2008, Moscow)

Gunnigan, L. and Orr, T.L.L.: Euroconstruction Report 1, Paper on project management education in Ireland prepared as part of a Leonardo De Vinci project on behalf of the CIF, April 1998.


What Clients Really Want, 18th ICPMA Annual Conference, 4-5 June 2018: London, England

Delay and Disruption explained, Delays and Disruptions to Building Projects Conference, 6 September 2017: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

New Campus, Regenerated City Quarter, 17th ICPMA Annual Conference, 22-23 June 2017: Hamburg, Germany

“the better way” - Promoting Greater Collaboration in the Construction Process, National Construction Summit, 16 June 2015: Dublin, Ireland

DIT New City Centre Campus at Grangegorman - a “better way” project, 15th ICPMA Annual Conference, 2-3 June 2015: Madrid, Spain

The Better Way: an Initiative for Innovation in CPM, Conference of Estonian Association of Civil Engineers, 24 September 2014: Tallinn, Estonia

Grangegorman: Challenges and Opportunities in developing DIT’s new city centre campus, CITA BIM Gathering International Conference, 14-15 November 2013: Dublin, Ireland

Experience of a Client’s Project Manager on a Complex University Campus Development, 13th ICPMA Annual Conference, 20-21 June 2013: Wiesbaden, Germany

Addressing India's Skills Gap, How DIT can play a role, 4th CII Global Summit on Skills Development, 29-30 November 2010: Mumbai, India  

Experiences of PPP in Urban Rail, 10th Annual ICPMA Conference, Urban Transport Systems & Re-use of Historical Buildings, 24-25 June 2010, Istanbul, Turkey

The Role of Project Management in Ireland’s Economic Revival, PMA 16th Global Symposium - Project Management at the Centre Stage of Economic Transformation, 16th December 2008, New Delhi, India

Regional and Municipal Governance of Public Private Partnerships,  International Conference on Public-Private partnerships: New opportunities for infrastructure development in Transition Economies, 22 October 2008, Moscow, Russian Federation

Successful PPPs, Emerging Success Factors, Presentation to PPP in Ireland, the 11th Annual SMI Conference, 3 March 2008, Dublin.      

The PPP Toolkit – Delivered through the PPP Training Programme, Presentation to the UNECE Team of Specialists in PPP, 29 February 2008, Geneva, Switzerland.  

Public Private Partnerships - Continuing the Learning Experience, Presentation to the National Construction Conference, 11 October 2007, Druid's Glen, Ireland

Management Models for Lifecycling, Presentation to the International Construction Project Management Association, 10 May 2007, New York, USA.

Public Private Partnerships in Ireland - Experiences to date, Presentation to the 5th International Construction Project Management Union Conference, 31 October 2006, Ascot, UK.

Overcoming PPP/PFI implementation difficulties, Presentation to the International Construction Project Management Association, 4 May 2006, Bern, Switzerland.

Efficiency in Materials Procurement in the Construction Industry, A CITA Initiative paper presented at the NITL Logistics 2003 Conference, Dublin Castle, 02 October 2003


Chair of Industry & Professional Conferences

Government Construction and Capital Spend Conference, Dun Laoghaire, 1 March 2017

Governmant Construction Projects and Capital Spend Conference 2016, Dun Laoghaire, 11 May 2016

National Building & Design Conference, Dublin, 10 October 2014

14th Annual ICPMA Conference (Chair, 2nd Session) Helsinki, 6 June 2014

13th Annual ICPMA Conference (Joint Chair, 1st Session) Weisbaden, 20 June 2013

Construction Capital Spend & Stimulus Package Conference, Dublin, 27 February 2013 

National Construction Conference, Dublin, 24 October 2012

12th Annual ICPMA Conference (Chair, 1st Session), Porto 31 May 2012

Public Works Contracts Conference, Dublin, 1 March 2012

11th Annual ICPMA Conference (Joint Chair, 1st Session), Vienna12 May 2011

Capital Spend Construction Conference,Dublin, April 2011

10th Annual ICPMA Conference (Joint Chair, 2nd Session), Istanbul 26 May 2010

Construction PPP and Public Procurement Conference, Dublin 25 June 2009

Health & Education Construction Conference, Dublin, 2 April 2009

8th Annual ICPMA Annual Conference, Dublin, 16 May 2008


Other Involvement with Industry and Professional Bodies

President of ICPMA (2011-13)

Senior Vice President of the International Construction Project Management Association (ICPMA) (2009-11)

Member of UNECE Team of Specialists in PPP on “PPP in Transition and Market Economies” Project

Member of the Council of the European Association for Building Surveyors and Construction Experts (AEEBC) (2003- 2007)

AEEBC representative on ECCDEDI (The European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation) (2005-2007)

Member of the Council of the CIOB in Ireland (2002-2011)

Member of the CIOB Grievance and Appeals Board (2007 – 10)

Past Chairman of Eastern Centre Committee of CIOB Ireland

Co-ordinator of Stage 2 of AEEBC EUREMAC initiative for the mutual recognition of European qualifications in Construction Management (completed October 2005)

Adjudicator on CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Adjudicator on the CMG Building & Design Awards 2010 & 2013

Chair of Adjudication Panel for CMG Building & Design Awards 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 



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