In August Dr Hannah Wood presented at the International Council For Research and Innovation in Construction: Coping with the Complexity of Safety, Health, and Wellbeing in Construction conference, in Salvador, Brazil. The conference was attended by academics and industry professional from all over the world.
The paper presented was a continuation of work undertaken by MSc Project Management for Construction student (now graduate) , Jodie Collison, and was co-written by supervisors Dr Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo, Dr Kevin Wyche and Dr Hannah Wood.
The paper focused on the huge potential for women to work as construction professionals, which would help with the skills gap the industry currently faces. However, in discussion with women currently working in industry, it is clear there are a number of factors that both deter women from joining the industry in the first place as a career choice, or lead to women leaving the industry before progressing to more senior roles.
The paper presented a number of recommendations to improve recruitment, retention and progression of female construction professionals, with particular emphasis on flexibility and support around career breaks and caring responsibilities. This would not only benefit women in construction, but everyone in the industry.
The full paper can be read here: http://www.ufrgs.br/cib-brazil2018/JointCIBW099andTG592018_v3.pdf