Dr Ala'a Alshdiefat
Assistant Professor & Investigator

Dr Wendy Finlay Vice

Principal & Project Investigator

Dr Muhammad Qasim Rana

Senior Lecturer & Co-Project Investigator (UK side)

Prof Angela Lee

Associate Dean of Research & Project Investigator

Dr. Muhammad Rana is a full-time academic tutor and a leading researcher at UCEM. He has previously worked with the University of Wolverhampton, the University of Salford, and Highways England on various projects in the UK related to highway maintenance, simulation modeling, and lean construction. During the last four years, Dr. Muhammad Rana has won several research funding grants totaling up to £600k from the Innovate UK, Qatar National Research Fund, British Council, Harold Samuel, Salford University, Highways England, and CIB on various topics of Sustainability, Gender Equality, Off-site Construction, Energy Efficiency, Water Management, and Environmental Resilience. Dr Rana is currently leading 3 British Council funded Projects on Gender Equality in Brazil, Pakistan and Vietnam. He has previously delivered similar 3 projects in Jordan and Egypt sucessfully.

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Wendy provides leadership for the Education team at UCEM, which includes managing the senior leaders responsible for UCEM’s School of the Built Environment, its academic community, research, sustainability education and the underpinning professional functions within digital education, media and library services, academic resourcing, academic planning and development. Wendy has worked at UCEM since 2016 and will celebrate her 20th year of working in higher education leadership and management in 2024. Wendy has worked in a range of higher education providers, therefore brings experience of higher education in universities, FE college settings and small and specialist providers to the table.

Dr Ala'a is the head of International Projects Office at Philadelphia University. He is an alumnus of the University of Salford and is an experienced researcher with numerous publications and awards. With a position as head of International Projects Office and engineering background, his research spans gender equality in leadership roles in the industry and academia.


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Professor Lee has an extensive academic career spanning over 25 years. After successfully completing her PhD with no corrections in 2002, she now has a Chair in Process and Performance Management in Construction. She has previously held Associate Dean roles in Research; International; Enterprise; Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI); and Head of Department roles at the Universities of Salford and Huddersfield. She joined UCEM in April 2022 to support the growth and development of research, including research degrees. She has published over 300 journal and conference publications based on her research, including 6 books, and has managed numerous externally funded research projects to successful completion.

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Dr. Amany Jarrar Department Head & Deputy Investigator

Dr Amany is a Jordanian researcher specialized in Foundations of Political Education & Development for Peace and Democracy, Philosophical studies, Professor in Philadelphia University, Faculty of Arts, also director of International Relations, Director of Future Studies office and Scientific Consultancies. Also worked as a member of scientific research board in Philadelphia university, and a director of Public and Cultural Relations. Specialist in multi- disciplinary cores, particularly Politics, Management


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