Academic Staff Directory

Dr Mahtab Akhavan Farshchi

Senior Lecturer
Job title:
Senior Lecturer
Higher qualifications:

PhD in Economics: Henley Business School, Department of Economics, University of Reading.
MSc in Construction Economics and Management (Top student): South Bank University.
BSc/MSc in Architectural Engineering: National University of Iran.

Professional organisations:
Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Regional Studies Association (since 2015)
Academy of Management (since 2013)
CIB W055 Working Commission: Construction Industry Economics (2014-2016)
CIB W065 Working Commission: Organisation and Management of Construction (2014-2016)
Association of International Business (since 2008)
Advisor to RICS Education Trust (since 2008)
Biography:

 

Dr. Mahtab Akhavan Farshchi (BSc, MSc, MSc, PhD, SFHEA) Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management, is an expert in Economics of the Construction Sector (Theories of the Firm, Theories of Internationalisation, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Energy Demand), Property Development and Planning, and Sustainable Design (Building Technology, Passive Design and Vernacular Architecture, and Design Brief). 

She has co-authored a number of official reports for EU and EPSRC sponsored projects and has been a reviewer and advisor to the RICS Education Trust since 2008. She has organised a number of international events under Innovation and the Built Environment and has been invited to be a discussant and panellist for international conferences in the US and the UK. She has chaired workshops and seminars in conferences at Birkbeck, University College London and the University of Reading.

Since 2004, She has been a Course Director (BSc and MSc Building Surveying at Kingston University, MSc Property Development and Planning and MSc Building Surveying at London South Bank University) and has taught modules on BSc Business and Marketing, BSc and MSc Quantity Surveying and MSc Building Surveying at Birkbeck, London South Bank University and Kingston University. 
She has been invited as a guest speaker at other UK universities (the Reading University, University of Westminster, Birkbeck and University of Hull).

Mahtab has led and worked on several funded research projects.  Her initiative for creating an “Arts, Crafts and Technology” cluster in the London Bridge area generated a KTC (Arches and Tunnels: Knowledge Transfer Company) agreement between London South Bank University and Team London Bridge with Henry Johnston (MSc Property Development and Planning, London South Bank University) as the successful candidate to do the research.  

She has initiated a number of collaborative research activities with Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan and Universities in Brazil leading to a number of published research outputs. In 2016, she was part of a Mentor on a British Council funded workshop in Luxor, Egypt (London South Bank University and the British University of Egypt) namely Sustainable Built Heritage

Mahtab has successfully supervised PhDs in Energy Demand and Vernacular Architecture. If interested in pursuing full-time or part-time PhD please email Dr. Mahtab A Farshchi directly.

Reviewing role:

2015- Reviewer for Journal of Land Policy, Elsevier
2015- Copy Editor for Journal of Eastern European and Central Asian Research (JEECAR)
ISSN 2328-8272
2013- Reviewer for Academy of Management (AoM)
2009- Reviewer for International Journal of Strategic Alliance, Inderscience Publishers
2007 Reviewer for Journal of Research Policy
2006- Reviewer for Journal of Construction Management and Economics (CME) Taylor and
Francis, ISSN 0144-6193

Advisor to RICS Education Trust (since 2008)

Media experience:

Website: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/6854

Historic picture show launches London Bridge arches vision, A consultation on a future use for London Bridge Station's arches has been launched by Team London Bridge with an on site photographic exhibition 

Website: https://vimeo.com/67715287

A film by Chloe White and Olivia Humphreys for Team London Bridge.

Everyone who knows south London will be familiar with the Victorian railway viaducts that travers the landscape. In London Bridge, they create one of the most prominent features in the area and their character and heritage value are entwined with the local community. While the redevelopment of London Bridge station will be completed by 2018, there are no immediate plans for the network of arches and tunnels towards Tower Bridge Road to the east.  These arches and tunnels could be completely transformed to create active street frontages and provide access to the cavernous space beyond which offers opportunities for a multitude of uses. St. Thomas Street, Holyrood Street, Druid Street and Crucifix Lane have the potential to become thriving high streets both day and night with an offering of retail, leisure and light manufacturing. One possibility is an arts, crafts and technology cluster.

This film celebrates the arches and tunnels and asks the local community what they would like to happen to these much-loved local features.

Showcased “Place Digger” at Digital Catapult Head office 

Websites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFUkLuHiEeQ#action=share
http://www.digitalcatapultcentre.org.uk/environmental-data-exchange-hack-weekend-part-2/

http://www.slideshare.net/CDECatapult/place-digger-presentation

The Environmental Data Exchange is the most recent addition to the Digital Catapult’s portfolio of data platforms. It is a discovery platform built to help the search, discovery and use of environmental data. This will unlock the innovation needed to tackle environmental challenges and opportunities by governments, organisations and SMEs alike.

 

Research and scholarly output:

 

Kayode, O., Akhavan Farshchi, M. and Ford, A. (2015) Analysis Of Household Energy Consumption In Nigeria. In Proceedings for: Going north for sustainability: Leveraging knowledge and innovation for sustainable construction and development 23 - 25 November 2015, At London, Volume: London South Bank University, London, UK.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and E. Whelan (2012) Lead user innovation: push or pull? A case of the UK NHS, in: Akhavan Farshchi, M. (Eds.) IBEA Conference Proceedings: Innovation and Integration; Science, Technology and Policy in the Built Environment. 1st. IBEA Conference 7-9 Oct. 2011 (IBEA Publications Ltd.) ISBN 978-1-898523-02-4. pp.307-326.

Knowledge Spillovers and Industrial Transformation: The West Midlands and Saxony Automotive Clusters, in: M. Akhavan Farshchi, O. Janne and P. Akhavan Farshchi, M. Janne, O. E. M. and P. McCann (2009) (Eds.) Technological Change and Mature Industrial Regions: Firms, Knowledge and Policy (Edward Edgar) pp. 211-233.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. Janne, O. E. M. and P. McCann (2009) The Problems of Mature Regions: An Introduction and Overview, in: M. Akhavan Farshchi, O. E. M. Jann and P. McCann (Eds.) Technological Change and Mature Industrial Regions: Firms, Knowledge and Policy (Edward Edgar) pp. 211-233.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and N. Fisher (2006) Emotion and Environment: The Forgotten Dimension, in: D. J. Clements-Croome (Ed.) Creating the Productive Workplace (London: E& FN Spon Routledge) 2nd edition, pp.51-70.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and N. Fisher (2000) Emotion and Environment: The Forgotten Dimension, in: D. J. Clements-Croome (Ed.) Creating the Productive Workplace (London: E& FN Spon, Routledge) 1st edition, pp 51-70.

Refereed articles in academic journals:

Akhavan Farshchi, M.  and M. Brown (2011) Social networks and knowledge creation in the built environment:
a case study
, Structural survey, 29 (3), pp. 221-243.

Ball, M., Akhavan Farshchi, M.  and Grilli, M.(1999) Competition and the Persistence of Profits in the UK Construction Industry, Journal of Construction Economics and Management , 18  (7), pp. 733-745.

Parsa, A.G. and Akhavan Farshchi, M. (1996) Environmental Regulations and the Real Estate Industry, Property Management , 14  (1), pp.6-23.

Matsumoto, N., A. Farshchi, M., Ohyama, K., Yamada, M. and Fisher, N. (2003) Data for Planning Airport Terminal Buildings Based on Staffs' Opinion, A Study on Planning of Airport Terminal Buildings, Part 2, Journal of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Engineering, No.573, pp.25-32.

Matsumoto, N., A. Farshchi, M., Ichiki, S.,Ohyama, K., Yamada, M. and N. Fisher (2002) Data for Planning Airport Terminal Buildings Based on Visitors' Opinion -A Study on Planning of Airport Terminal Buildings, Part 1, Journal of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Engineering , No.560, pp.103-110.

Non-refereed articles:

Akhavan Farshchi, M.  (2015) Creating student engagement with a KTC, JOLT 24th March 2015
https://ictserv1.lsbu.ac.uk/jolt/2015/03/mahtab-farshchi/

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and H. Johnstone (2014) Triple Helix Conference https://www.triplehelixassociation.org/helice/volume-3-2014/helice-issue-9/regeneration-public-participationcase-arts-crafts-technology-cluster-london-bridge-area

Akhavan Farshchi, M.  (1995) Construction Industry and the Question of Environment, ARCOM News Letter, 10(3), August 1995.

Edited books:

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2012) IBEA Conference Proceedings: Innovation and Integration; Science, Technology and Policy in the Built Environment. 1st. IBEA Conference 7-9 Oct. 2011. Dec. 2012 IBEA: Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-898523-02-4. P.412.

Akhavan Farshchi, M., Janne, O. E. M and P. McCann (2009) Technological Change and Mature Industrial Regions: Firms, Knowledge and Policy, Edward Edgar, 382 pages, 2009. (New Horizons in Regional Science Series).

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and N. Bowman, N. Fisher, K. Hutchinson (2000) Better Briefing: Capturing user requirements for buildings - A Clients' Definition Tool - Implementation Guide, (Construction Research Communications Ltd. 2000. ISBN 1860814123).

Kayode, O., Akhavan Farshchi, M. and Ford, A. (2015) Analysis Of Household Energy Consumption In Nigeria. In Proceedings for: Going north for sustainability: Leveraging knowledge and innovation for sustainable construction and development 23 - 25 November 2015, At London, Volume: London South Bank University, London, UK.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and E. Whelan (2012) Lead user innovation: push or pull? A case of the UK NHS, in: Akhavan Farshchi, M. (Eds.) IBEA Conference Proceedings: Innovation and Integration; Science, Technology and Policy in the Built Environment. 1st. IBEA Conference 7-9 Oct. 2011 (IBEA Publications Ltd.) ISBN 978-1-898523-02-4. pp.307-326.

Janne, O. and Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2009) Knowledge Spillovers and Industrial Transformation: The West Midlands and Saxony Automotive Clusters, in: M. Akhavan Farshchi, M. Janne, O. E. M. and P. McCann (2009) (Eds.) Technological Change and Mature Industrial Regions: Firms, Knowledge and Policy (Edward Edgar) pp. 211-233.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. Janne, O. E. M. and P. McCann (2009) The Problems of Mature Regions: An Introduction and Overview, in: M. Akhavan Farshchi, O. E. M. Janne and P. McCann (Eds.) Technological Change and Mature Industrial Regions: Firms, Knowledge and Policy (Edward Edgar) pp. 211-233.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and N. Fisher (2006) Emotion and Environment: The Forgotten Dimension, in: D. J. Clements-Croome (Ed.) Creating the Productive Workplace (London: E& FN Spon, Routledge) 2nd edition, pp.51-70.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and N. Fisher (2000) Emotion and Environment: The Forgotten Dimension, in: D. J. Clements-Croome (Ed.) Creating the Productive Workplace (London: E& FN Spon, Routledge) 1st edition, pp 51-70.

Book reviews:

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2004) The Struggle for Control of Global Communication Business History, 46 (3), July 2004, pp.499-500.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2003) Ruling the Waves by Deborah Spar. Business History.  45(1) p.178.

Official reports:

Janne, O.E.M. and Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2005) Comparative Report: Internationalisation Chapter - ‘Industrial Districts’ Re-Location Processes: Identifying Policies in the Perspective of the European Union Enlargement’, 2005. Contract no. HPSE-CT2001-00098.

Janne , O.E.M. and Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2004) Case Study Report: The West Midlands Automotive ID. Project West-East ID ‘Industrial Districts’ Re-Location Processes: Identifying Policies in the Perspective of the European Union Enlargement”, 2004. Contract no. HPSE-CT2001-00098 (with O.E.M. Janne).

Janne, O.E.M. and Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2003) Methodological Framework: The West Midlands Automotive ID. Project West-East ID ‘Industrial Districts’ Re-Location Processes: Identifying Policies in the Perspective of the European Union Enlargement”, 2003. Contract no. HPSE-CT2001-00098.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2001) The State of UK Construction Patent Data: A Study of US Patents (1969-1994) University of Reading, 2001 (unpublished).

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (1999) Better Briefing: Capturing user requirements for buildings - A Clients' Definition Tool - Implementation Guide. Final Report, ACT, University of Reading, p.49.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (1999) 'Final Report', A Clients’ Project Definition Tool: An Implementation Guide, Project Report, submitted to EPSRC, DETR, BAA, BA, DEGW, COLT and Intergraph. Advanced Construction Technology, Department of Construction Management and Engineering, The University of Reading, UK (264 pages).

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (1998) 'Interim Report - Section B', A Clients’ Project Definition Tool: An Implementation Guide, Project Report, submitted to EPSRC, DETR, BAA, BA, DEGW, COLT and Intergraph. Advanced Construction Technology, Department of Construction Management and Engineering, The University of Reading, UK (156 pages).

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and A. Parsa (1996) 'Environment and Construction: A Survey of Environmental Policies of Large UK Firms'. Unpublished paper (21 pages).

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and A. Parsa (1995) Environment and Construction: A Survey of Environmental Policies of Large UK Firms (1994-1995)'. Unpublished survey of the top three hundred construction firms in the UK, South Bank University.

Conferences:

 

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2015) Teaching, learning a two-way street: a case study, LSBU Staff Conference 13th May, Working Together for Success.

Belgraver, H. and Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2015) A Continuing Debate on the ‘Race to the Bottom’ and Tax-Avoidance Policies of MNE's, Conference: The Fifth Reading-UNCTAD International Business Conference, Henley Business School, Reading University, United Kingdom.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and Belgraver, H. and (2015) Social Justice in the 21st Century: A Study of MNEs Tax Avoidance and Government Policies, Conference: Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics: Inequality in the 21st Century (SASE), London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and Johnstone, H. (2013) Regeneration and public participation: A case for an arts, crafts and technology cluster in the London Bridge area: Triple Helix International Conference London, 8-10 July 2013.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and Johnstone, H. (2013) Regeneration, Innovation and entrepreneurship: A participatory approach to urban policy: 35th DRUID Celebration Conference 2013 Proceedings, Barcelona, Spain, 17-19, June 2013.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and Whelan, E. (2011) Leading user innovation in the built environment: A case of innovation in the UK NHS, Triple Helix IX International Conference, “Silicon Valley: Global Model or Unique Anomaly?” 11-14 July 2011 Stanford University, USA.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and Rad, H. (2011) Social Networks: Digital and Social Reality in International Business, The troubled relationship between theoretical and empirical research, International Business Conference 2011, Henley Business School, 11 – 12 April 2011.

Akhavan Farshchi, M., and De Castro, C. M. P. and Royer, L. de Oliveira (2010) The Impact of Availability of Finance in Mature and Emerging Real Estate Markets: A Desk Review of the UK, The US and Brazil, European Real Estate Conference Proceedings, 23-26 June 2010.

Akhavan Farshchi, M., and De Castro, C. M. P. and Royer, L. de Oliveira (2010) The Impact of Availability of Finance in Mature and Emerging Real Estate Markets: A Desk Review of the UK The US and Brazil, 4 Congresso Luso-Brasileiro, Para o Planeamento Urbano, Regional, Integrado, Sustentavel, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal, PLURIS 2010, Challenges of Planning in a Web Wide World, 6-8 October 2010.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and Rafferty, M. (2009) Construction Crunch: Demolition of the UK Property Markets, 2009 25th Annual American Real Estate Society (ARES), Meeting, 1-4 April 2009, Monterey, California, USA.

Rafferty, M. and Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2009) Stimulating the UK Housing Market, System Dynamics Society Proceeding, “System Dynamics Society, 2009 Conference”, July 26 – 30, 2009 (Bonus Day - Friday, July 31). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 2009.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2008) Evolutionary patterns and strategies for internationalisation and relocation: Industrial districts and productive capabilities in Europe, 34th EIBA Annual Conference, “International Business and the Catching up Economies: Challenges and Opportunities”, Tallinn, Estonia 11-13 December 2008, Track 6 - Human Resources Management Track Chairs: Vesa Suutari & Ingmar Björkman.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and M. Brown (2007) Knowledge Creation and Social Networks in the Built Environment, 14th Annual European Real Estate Society Conference, Cass Business School, London, UK,27- 30 June 2007.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and A. Atkinson (2005) Sources of Sustainability knowledge in Construction MNEs. SUE –KM Project Sustainable Urban Environments: Vision into Action, EPSRC Research Fellows’ Conference, Birmingham, 28th Feb to 2nd March 2005.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and O. Janne (2005) Regional innovation stickiness and restructuring in the global automotive industry: the cases of the West Midlands and Saxony, EIBA 31st Annual Conference Landscapes and Mindscapes in a Globalised World, December 10-13, Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway, 2005.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (2004) Industrial Regeneration and Regional Policy Options in a Global Economy: Perspectives on the West Midlands Automotive Cluster, Reading International Workshop, the University of Reading, Reading, 22nd June 2004.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and O. Janne (2005) Industrial Transformation in the West Midlands Automotive Cluster: International Networks and Cooperative Behaviour 29th EIBA Conference, 11-13 December, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and O. Janne (2003) Industrial Transformation in the West Midlands Automotive Cluster: International Networks and Cooperative Behaviour Presented at ‘Clusters, Industrial Districts and Firms: The Challenges of Globalisation’ 12-13 September, Modena, Italy and ‘EUNIP 2003’, 18th-20thSeptember, Porto, Portugal.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and A G. Parsa (2003) Environment and Construction: A Survey of A Survey of Environmental Policies of Large UK Firms, EUNIP 2003 Conference, Organised by Faculty of Economics, University of Porto, Portugal 18-20 September 2003.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (1998) A Theory of Design Information - An Hierarchical Approach, in: Proceedings of The 2nd European Conference on Product and Process Modelling in the Building Industry, BRE, August 1998.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. and N. Fisher (1997) The Emotional Content of the Physical Space, The Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 10-12 September 1997, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, 1997.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (1997) A User-Focus Approach to Architectural Design, Sixth International Facet Theory Conference, Liverpool University, Liverpool, 22-24 September 1997.

Akhavan Farshchi, M. (1996) Large Construction Firms and the Environment, in: Proceedings of The Third European Real Estate Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 26-28 June 1996.