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Advanced Project Management Research Centre (APROM)

Making a Positive Project Management Impact by Focusing on People, Technology, & Processes

The Advanced Project Management Research Centre (APROM) is a community of academic experts and industry leaders, working in collaboration with project professionals and research bodies for the advancement of project management knowledge and practice.

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As an active interdisciplinary community, we focus on project goals and objectives to identify appropriate methods that can support positive project management outcomes.

Our research processes are underpinned by mixed methods combining deep qualitative engagement and large-scale quantitative analysis.

This enables us to apply appropriate research tools and techniques in developing and applying cutting-edge research to identify pressing project challenges with a positive impact for real-world applications.

Our research strength and expertise stems from our collaborative and open community, bringing together practitioners, researchers, and project professionals across a diversity of sectors.

We combine open discussions and critical thinking to provide opportunities for seamless knowledge integration, and through this approach, we aim to diffuse knowledge and best practice by focusing on core project management elements including People, Technology, & Processes in a range of areas such as:

  • Post-Crisis Project Management in a COVID-19 World
  • Complex Portfolio, Programme, & Project Management
  • Agile Project Management
  • Agriculture Projects
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning in Complex Projects
  • Project Data Analytics & Big Data
  • Leadership & Communication in Projects
  • Co-operative Governance & Management
  • Team Ethos, Diversity, & Stakeholder Engagement
  • Benefit Realisation Management
  • Decision Making in Crisis Project Management
  • System Dynamics
  • Sustainability & Lean Project Management
  • Change & Risk Management
  • Dynamic Success Factors


We regularly engage with enterprises of all sizes, government organisations, NGOs, and individual project professionals, to develop high-quality research publications, commissioned reports, public policy, white papers, and broader social engagement to critically evaluate and report on immediate and long-term challenges and innovations in projects.

If you would like to get involved with our dynamic community, would like to discuss a research or project opportunity, please email


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Project management is about change, and people are at the heart of change with project professionals currently facing unprecedented changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such we are currently leading a number of vital COVID-19 related project management studies to analyse the challenges and opportunities for project management teams in a COVID-19 World.



Projects which are affected by COVID-19 need to evaluate, understand, and respond to current and future organisational, environmental, economic, and individual changes.

Focusing on People allows us to investigate these challenges through a variety of complex and novel projects across a rapidly changing social and economic landscape.


Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Neural Networks, and the use of Big Data in complex projects, are becoming even more relevant for current and future project management opportunities. As such, our research community works closely with project organisations and professionals to improve the use of innovative technologies to create better project outcomes.

We currently engage with a number of high-profile research projects focusing specifically on the use of AI and Big Data in project management, and welcome the opportunity to discuss and engage with organisations and individuals using or considering the implications of using these technologies for project management.  


Project Management is fundamentally interdisciplinary. No sector has a monopoly on wisdom and we embrace that reality. Sometimes a research group has a new idea, other times it’s industry, other times it’s government. But there aren’t any real places where all three can come together and work together on common problems.

Our research on Smart Hybrid Project Management goes beyond simple binary arguments. We draw on our expertise and open innovation approach to examine how projects can adopt best fit or best practices, whether through applying Agile Project Management, Waterfall Project Management, or Smart Hybrid Project Management.

Watch some of our Project Management Leadership Seminars:

IJPM - International Journal of Project Management

“The International Journal of Project Management is the leading journal for the field of project management and organization studies. Its mission is to publish leading edge innovative research that significantly advances the field of project management and organizing”

PMJ - Project Management Journal

“Project Management Journal® is the academic and research journal of the Project Management Institute® and features state-of-the-art research, techniques, theories, and applications in project management. The Project Management Journal's mission is to shape thinking on the need for and impact of managing projects by publishing cutting-edge research that advances theory and evidence-based practice”

IJMPB - International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

“The International Journal of Managing Projects in Business seeks to advance the theory, research and practice of all aspects of project management. JMPB publishes articles that highlight models and structures that advance the interests, dignity and wellbeing of all stakeholders, in a sustainable manner. The International Journal of Managing Projects in Business seeks to advance the theory, research and practice of all aspects of project management”

APM - The Chartered Body for the Project Profession

“Association for Project Management (APM) is the only chartered body for the project profession, with over 30,000 individual members and more than 500 organisations participating in our Corporate Partnership Programme. As an educational charity, we are committed to developing and promoting the value of project management in order to deliver improved project outcomes for the benefit of society”

PMI - Project Management Institute

“Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world's leading association for those who consider project, program or portfolio management their profession. Through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research, we work to prepare more than three million professionals around the world for the Project Economy: the coming economy in which work, and individuals, are organized around projects”

IPMA - International Project Management Association

“PMA is a federation of about 70 Member Associations (MAs). Our MAs develop project management competences in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners and developing relationships with corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organizations and consulting companies”

IPA - Infrastructure and Projects Authority

“We are the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects. We support the successful delivery of all types of major projects; ranging from railways, schools, hospitals and housing, to defence, IT and major transformation programmes. Our purpose is to drive continuous improvement in the way government delivers infrastructure and major projects. We aspire for nothing less than world class delivery”

We engage in leading cutting-edge research which is supported by a vibrant community of Doctoral, Post-Graduate Researchers, and leading academics in the field of Project Management. Our research helps to inform our teaching and education practice.

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Through this approach we aim to prepare professionals for future challenges, technologies, and innovations in project management.

We are particularly keen to hear from you if you have secured funding for your doctoral studies, and are passionate about research as we encourage our students to undertake a PhD via Three Papers.

If you are interested in any of the topics listed below, and are inspired about developing a career in project management at the highest levels, email

We are interested in PhD applications focused on the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Project Management
  • Big Data in Project Management
  • Machine Learning in Project Management
  • Agile Project Management
  • Portfolio and Programme Management
  • System Dynamics and Project Management
  • Complex Project Management

Collaborate with Our Project Management Community

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Contact details for research, project, consultation, or educational opportunities.


Postal Address:
Advanced Project Management Research Centre (APROM)
Southampton Business School
University of Southampton
Southampton, SO17 1BJ

APROM Board of Directors

  • Dr Nicholas Dacre - Director of the Advanced Project Management Research Centre (APROM)
  • Dr Hao Dong - Director of Strategy & Collaboration (APROM)
  • Dr David Baxter - Director of Project Innovation Research (APROM)
  • Dr David Eggleton - Director of Project Policy Research (APROM)

APROM Associates

  • Dr Al Mhdawi
  • Ata Babaei
  • Dr Bernardo Cantone
  • Dr Caroline Tite
  • David Pontin
  • Fredrick Kockum
  • Dr Gary Bell
  • Dr Joseph Kimaro
  • Kaiqi Xu
  • Prof Lichen Dou
  • Dr Lydia Adigun
  • Prof Max Chipulu
  • Dr Melike Tunalioglu
  • Dr Ming-Wei Hsu
  • Prof Naomi Brookes
  • Patcharin Sonjit
  • Paul Moses
  • Pindy Bhullar
  • Dr PK Senyo
  • Regin Frei
  • Rodrigo Cornelio
  • Dr Romanus Okeke
  • Samuel Redgrave
  • Dr Simon Troup
  • Dr Simonov Kusi-Sarpong
  • Dr Soroosh Saghiri
  • Prof Steve Brown
  • Dr Tammi Sinha
  • Dr Tristano Sainati
  • Vasilis Gkogkidis
  • Vasilis Moschopoulos
  • Yan Jingyang
  • Dr Yu Gong
  • Yundi Zhang
  • Zheng Gong
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