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Department of Engineering

Dr Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong


Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong

Senior Research and Teaching Associate in Urban Systems and Infrastructure Management

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Construction Engineering



Research interests

Kwadwo’s interdisciplinary research, often inspired by a social constructivist perspective, falls under the overarching theme of technological innovations in the built environment. With a background in construction technology and project management, his work has evolved to focus on how technical and social elements interact to shape technological advancements in the creation and management of the built environment. His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including International Journal of Project Management, Sustainable Cities and Society, Construction Management and Economics, Construction Innovation and the Journal of Urban Management, and presented at conferences.

Ongoing grant-funded research projects 
Project: Decision-making with AI in connected places and cities: Developing an ethical and responsible innovation rooted approach for public value creation 
Role: Challenge Lead
Funder: University of Cambridge AI@CAM Initiative; more information here; Department News, CSIC feature article

Research projects completed
Project: Identifying policy instruments needed to drive the delivery of low carbon emissions infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Ghana
Role: Principal Investigator (PI)
Funder: Energy Interdisciplinary Research Centre Small grants funded by the Isaac Newton Trust/ Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) and the NERC Discipline Hopping for Environmental Solutions initiative.

Project: Analysing the social context to transforming construction through digital innovation
Role: Researcher
Funder: Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) through the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) under the UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Fund.

Teaching activity

Experienced in teaching and supervision of dissertations in modules/topics about construction technology, innovation and construction project management at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels from the University of Cambridge, Birmingham City (BCU) and Kingston Universities (UK), the University of Hong Kong and KNUST (Ghana).


Kwadwo is currently a Senior Research and Teaching Associate in Urban Systems and Infrastructure Management at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. In this role he conducts research into responsible placed based leadership for developing and implementing digital innovations in the urban built environment to deliver public value. He also leads the development of educational material focused on Leadership of Urban Digital Innovation for Public Value (LeadUP) to be run at the University of Cambridge.

Summary of Qualifications

  • PhD, Construction Technology and Project Management, The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
  • Certificate, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (HKU)
  • Certificate, Interactive Online Learning (HKU)
  • BSc (Hons, First Class), Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

Industry experience
Professionally, he has been involved in managing and delivering building projects of a combined value over USD 9million in education, residential, health and commercial sectors. On these projects, he has performed functions contributing to the design, cost estimation and control, construction and supervision of final deliverables to the satisfaction of clients and end-users.

Department role and responsibilities