Dr Amal Abuzeinab

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Address: De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, UK

T: +44 (0)116 2506089

E: amal.abuzeinab@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.ac.uk/lsa


Personal profile

Dr. Amal Abuzeinab is a Senior Lecturer and Institute Head of Research Students (IHRS) - Institute of Architecture.

Amal is working on flourishing as borrowed from Positive Psychology on 3 main areas: Flourishing business models in architecture, built environment, and planning; PhD supervision; and flourishing in academia. Amal is also experimenting on spaces for multiple methods and perspectives as a way of knowing and understanding through dialogue. 

Dr Abuzeinab is currently supervising 3 PhD students and welcomes PhD applications in sustainable business models, sustainable built environment, sustainability in architectural education, retrofitting, sustainable development in Higher Education institutes, and topics that align with Social Sciences.

As an early career researcher between 2016 -2023, Amal secured more than 100k fund from different sources. 

 Amal was the co-faculty head of research students for over 2 years at the Faculty of Arts, Design, and Humanities overseeing over 500 PhD students and their supervisors. Amal was the founder of Architecture Doctoral Training Programme (DTP).

 Funded by EPSRC, Amal has awarded her PhD in 2015 from University of Salford. Her thesis title was Implementing Green Business Models in the UK Construction Industry: Opportunities and Challenges. Amal has MSc in Architecture from the Robert Gordon University  and BSc Hons in Architecture from University of Khartoum, Sudan.


Research group affiliations

Institute of Architecture

Key research outputs

 Sung, K. & Abuzeinab, A. (2021) Challenges and opportunities for scaling up global upcycling towards sustainable production and consumption: Literature review, Handbook of Sustainability Science in the Future

Adefila, A., Abuzeinab, A., Whitehead, T., & Oyinlola, M., (2020) Utilising Appreciative Inquiry to develop a user Acceptance model, Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management

Awuzie, B. and Abuzeinab, A. (2019) Modelling Organisational Factors Influencing Sustainable Development Implementation Performance in Higher Education Institutions: An Interpretative Structural Modelling (ISM) Approach, Sustainability, 11(16)

Oyinlola,      M., Whitehead, T., Abuzeinab, A., Adefila, A., Akinola, Y., Anafi, A.,  Farukh, F., Oluyemi, J., Kandan, K., Boksun., K., & Mosugu, E. (2018)      Bottle house: A case study of transdisciplinary research for tackling      global challenges, Habitat      International

Abuzeinab, A., Arif, M., & Qadri, A. (2017) Barriers to MNEs green business models in the UK construction sector: An ISM analysis, Journal of Cleaner Production 

Abuzeinab, A., Arif, M., & Qadri, A. Kulonda, D. (2017) Green business models in the construction sector: An analysis of outcomes and benefits, Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management

Abuzeinab, A., Arif, M., Kulonda, D. & Awuzie, B. (2016) Green business models transformation: Evidence from the UK construction sector, Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management

Research interests/expertise

  • Sustainable business models for the built environment
  • Sustainability in architectural education
  • Social housing
  • Qualitative methods
  • Architecture styles 

Areas of teaching

Low/ passive energy design

Sustainability in architecture

Research-led teaching   


Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE)



BSc (Hons)

Courses taught

  • BA Architecture 
  • BSc Architectural Technology 
  • BSc Quantity Surveying and Construction
  • MSc Architecture and Sustainability 

Honours and awards

    • Black Women Academic Development Programme (BWADP) 2022/2023   

  • DMU Future Research Leaders 2017/2018
  • ADH best new researcher award 2017/2018
  • Member of judging panel of #DMUengage initiative to promote research impact 2017

  • Pollution Challenge Finalist 2013 – Environment Agency
  • EPSRC Doctoral Training Account studentship (DTA) 2011 - School of the Built Environment, University of Salford 

Membership of external committees

World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD)


Design principles  for working from home spaces to promote well-being and productivity 

Adapting sustainable business model patterns to the Built Environment 

Sustainable development implementation in Higher Education 

International Upcycling Research Network 

Forthcoming events


Conference attendance

  1. Abuzeinab, A., Sung, K., Moalosi, R., Satheesan, A., Garba, B., Adeh, F., Lim, H., Baek, J., & Njeru., S. (2023) Key global challenges and opportunities for scaling up upcycling businesses in the world: Interpretive structural modelling workshop preliminary analysis, 5th PLATE 2023 Conference Espoo, Finland - 31 May - 2 June 2023

The Business Model Conference 201718-19 May 2017, Italy, Green business models: Linking environmental sustainability and business models literature,  A., Abuzeinab, M., Arif,  N., Eltinay, & I., Bathgate,  paper presentation

CIB World Building Congress 2016, 30 May – 3 June, Tampere Finland, Green business models and organisational changes: Lessons from the UK construction sector, Abuzeinab, A. & Arif, M, paper presentation

Fourth International Conference on Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development, 13-15 December 2015, Lisbon Portugal, Overcoming barriers to green business models in the UK construction industry, Abuzeinab, A. & Arif, M, paper presentation

40th IAHS World Congress on Housing, Sustainable Housing Construction, 16-19 December 2014, Funchal Portgual, Understanding sustainability through Bradford affordable housing lens, Abuzeinab, A., Oltean-Dumbrava, C., & Dickens D., paper presentation

4th International Conference on Building Resilience, Building Resilience, 8-10 September 2014, Salford Quays United kingdom, Stakeholder engagement: A green business model indicator, Abuzeinab, A. & Arif, M., paper presentation

Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Abuzeinab, 31 May–3 June 2014, Montréal Canada, Green business models in the UK construction sector: Empirical study, Abuzeinab, A., Arif, M. & Thompson, W., paper presentation

The 2014 CIB W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/81/83 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World,  4 –7 May, 2014, Sri Lanka, Emergence of the business models in the building and construction literature, Abuzeinab, A., & Arif, M., paper presentation

11th International Postgraduate Research Conference IPGRC, 8–10 April, 2013, University of Salford, Salford, UK, Business model reconfiguration in green construction: A theoretical perspective, Abuzeinab, A. & Arif, M., paper presentation

11th International Postgraduate Research Conference IPGRC, 8–10 April, 2013, University of Salford, Salford, UK, Sustainable construction capabilities: A Local Authority perspective, Abuzeinab, A. & Arif, M., paper presentation

8th Annual Green Economics Institute Conference, 18-22 July 2013 University of Oxford, Worcester College, UK, A conceptual green business model for construction companies: An empirical evaluation, Abuzeinab, A., & Arif, M., paper presentation.   

Current research students

Mr. Ucheojo Emeje, FT, 1st supervisor, Parametricism: a style or not 

Mr. Father Johnnie Abubakar, FT, 1st supervisor, Using settlement upgrading and self-help housing in address Nigeria’s housing deficit: A case study of Mararaba Gurku Slum settlement of Karu, Nasarawa, Nigeria

Maryam Abbakyari, FT, 2 nd supervisor, Framework for sustainable housing for the urban poor in developing countries: A case study of a slum community in Nigeria


Externally funded research grants information

Developing local capacity for building affordable, self-sufficient homes, Royal Academy of Engineering, Co-investigator 2016-2017

Researcher links workshop travel grant to Kazakhstan 2016

Researcher links workshop travel grant to Brazil 2016  

Internally funded research project information

Frontrunner 2023/2024 

Frontrunner 2022/2023 

VC2020 development fund 2019/ 2020 

PhD studentship full bursary 2017

ERASMUS+ teaching mobility grant 2017

Low cost sustainable home prototype for developing countries (LCSH), RIF, Co-investigator 2016-2017

VC202 fund 2016

ARG fund 2016

Professional esteem indicators

Peer-review for the following journals:

Journal of Cleaner Production 


International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE)

Architectural Engineering and Design Management journal 


Editorial activities

World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development – Guest editor for a special issue http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7428