Prof Malcolm Horner

Emeritus Professor

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  • Prof Malcolm Horner Division of Civil Engineering Fulton Building, G1E University of Dundee Nethergate Dundee DD1 4HN


Malcolm Horner graduated with BSc and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from University College London and spent several years in industry before being appointed in 1977 to a Lectureship in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee, where he is Emeritus Professor of Engineering Management and leads the Construction Management Research Unit.

He is a fellow, both of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Institution of Civil Engineers, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and a former Vice Principal of the University. He is founder Chairman of the University spin out company, WholeLife Consultants Ltd (, and chairs CITB’s technical reference group for labour market intelligence. He has held numerous directorships in private and public sector organisations.


Research Interests

  • Lean Thinking
  • Labour Productivity
  • Whole life Costing, estimating and control
  • Sustainability
  • Risk based asset management
  • Novel approaches to data analysis


  • Wang, N. & Horner, M. (2012), Is privatization the answer for social housing? A comparative study of China and the United Kingdom, Housing and Society, 39 1, 99-124.
  • Forbes, D., El-Haram, M., Horner, M. & Smith, S.(2011) Incorporating an economic measure into sustainability assessment. Proceedings of the ICE: Urban Design and Planning 164 3  145-153
  • Forbes, D, Smith, S.D. & Horner, M, (2010) The selection of risk management techniques using case-based reasoning. Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems 27 2 107-121
  • Gasparatos, A, El-Haram, M & Horner, M. (2009). The argument against a reductionist approach for measuring sustainable development performance and the need for methodological pluralism. Accounting Forum, 33. 245-256.
  • Gasparatos, A, El-Haram, M & Horner, M. (2009). Assessing the sustainability of the UK society using thermodynamic concepts: Part 1. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 13, 1074-1081.
  • Gasparatos, A, El-Haram, M & Horner, M. (2009). Assessing the sustainability of the UK society using thermodynamic concepts: Part 2. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 13, 956-970.
  • Gasparatos, A, El-Haram, M & Horner,M. (2009). A temporal analysis of the UK transport sector, 1970-2010. Energy Policy, 37, 623-632.
  • Xing, R.Y., Horner, M., El-Haram M.A., Bebbington, J. (2009) A framework model for assessing sustainability impacts of urban development, Accounting Forum 33 209–224
  • Gasparatos, A., El-Haram, M.A, & Horner, M. (2008) A critical review o freductionist approaches for assessing the progress towards sustainability Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 28, 286 – 311
  • Forbes D., Horner M., & Smith S. (2008) Tools for selecting appropriate risk management techniques in the built environment, Construction Management and Economics 26 11 1241-1250