Dr Alex Torku

About

I am a lecturer in Construction Management at the Department of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction Management at Kingston University. I completed my PhD in Construction and Real Estate Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I hold an MSc in Construction Project Management (with distinction) from Heriot-Watt University, UK and a BSc in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics (first class honours) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana where I also worked within the construction industry. Prior to joining Kingston University, I worked as a Research Associate and Teaching Assistant at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

My research is situated within the interdisciplinary domains of construction management, built environment, ageing population (environmental gerontology), human-centric sensing (e.g., behavioural, physiological, and cognitive markers), data science and spatial analysis. Specifically, my research focuses on expanding the reach and generalisation of evidence-based interventions to manage human-centric construction dynamics and human-infrastructure interface. I employ state-of-the-art sensing technologies, person-centred, community-based participatory research, and policy-level approaches to inform decision-making outcomes in smart age-friendly cities, communities, and workplaces towards improving equality, social justice, and inclusivity for ageing persons within the construction industry and the built environment infrastructure.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Construction Management

Qualifications

  • PhD in Construction and Real Estate Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2021
  • MSc in Construction Project Management, Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2018
  • BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana, 2016

Teaching and learning

Research

Research Interest

  • Environmental Gerontology
  • Age-friendly Cities and Communities
  • Human-Built Environment Interaction
  • Human-Centric Construction, Infrastructure, and Urban Management (human perceived, physiological, behavioural, and cognitive responses)
  • Construction and Urban Informatics
  • Construction Innovation Management and Diffusion
  • Smart Sensing and Wearable Technologies
  • Data Mining, Machine Learning and Spatial Analysis

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Published or Accepted

Torku, A., Chan, A.P.C., Yung, E.H.K., Seo, J. (2021). The influence of urban visuospatial configuration on older adults' stress: A wearable physiological-perceived stress sensing and data mining based-approach, Building and Environment, 108298. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2021.108298

Torku, A., Chan, A.P.C., and Yung, E.H.K. (2021). Implementation of age-friendly initiatives in smart cities: Probing the barriers through a systematic review, Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 11(3), 412-426. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-01-2020-0008

Torku, A., Chan, A.P.C., and Yung, E.H.K. (2021). Age-friendly cities and communities: A critical review and future directions, Ageing & Society, 41(10), 2242-2279 https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X20000239

Tetteh, M.O., Chan, A.P.C, Darko, A., Torku, A., & Nani, G. (2021). Critical Barriers to International Construction Joint Ventures Success: Multiexpert Views and Contextual Disparities. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 147(8), 04021081. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0002059

Owusu-Manu, D., Torku, A., Pärn, E., Addy, N.M., and Edwards, D.J. (2017). An empirical assessment of innovation practices of quantity surveying firms in Ghana, Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation, 7(Supplement 1), 1843-1858. http://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC-af2a6d49d

Peer-Reviewed Papers in Conference Proceedings

Torku, A., Chan, A.P.C., Yung, E.H.K., Seo, J., Yang, Y. (2021). Neural signatures of older adults as indicators of the age-friendliness of the built environment, American Real Estate Society (ARES) 2021, 17-20 March 2020, Las Vegas, USA (Virtual conference).

Antwi-Afari, M.F., Li, H., Webb, D.J., Anwer, S., Seo, S., Park, K.S., Torku, A. (2021). Automated recognition of construction workers' physical fatigue based on foot plantar patterns captured from a wearable insole pressure system. In West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) 2021 Conference. 9-11 August 2021, Accra, Ghana.

Torku, A., Bayrak, T., Ogunlana, S., Chan, A.P.C., Darko, A., and Owusu-Manu, D. (2020). Impact of construction work environment on quality of life of ageing workforce. In: Sherratt, F., Hare B., and Emuze, F. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Joint CIB WO99 & TG59 International Web-Conference 2020: Good Health, Wellbeing & Decent Work, 87-97.10 September, Glasgow, UK, ISBN: 978-1-90586-698-4 (Best Paper Award, 2nd Runner Up)

Torku, A., Bayrak, T., Ogunlana, S., Chan, A.P.C., and Owusu-Manu, D. (2019). Are the ageing workforce satisfied with the construction work environment? In Proceedings of The 11th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-11), 9-11 September 2019, London, UK.

Torku, A., Chan, A.P.C., and Yung, E.H.K. (2019). The status of age-friendly community research. In The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) World Building Congress 2019 – Constructing Smart Cities, 189-197, 17-21 June 2019, Hong Kong. (Invited to the special issue of the Emerald Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management)

Torku, A., Owusu-Manu, D., Pärn, E., Addy, N.M., and Edwards, D.J. (2017). Impedance to innovation practices in the Ghanaian construction industry consultancy services: The perspective of quantity surveying firms, In (Eds) Proceedings of The Ninth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-9), 487-496, 5-7 March 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Torku, A., Owusu-Manu, D., Pärn, E., Addy, N.M., and Edwards, D.J. (2017). Innovate to compete: An empirical assessment of measures to enhance innovation adoption in Ghanaian Quantity Surveying Firms, In Ayarkwa, et al. (Eds) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 198-209. 14-16 April 2017, Kumasi, Ghana.

Book Chapter

Torku, A., Bayrak, T., Ogunlana, S.O., Chan, A.P.C., Owusu-Manu, D.G. (2020). Are the Ageing Workforce Satisfied with the Construction Work Environment? In: Ahmed S.M., Hampton P., Azhar S., D. Saul A. (Eds.) Collaboration and Integration in Construction, Engineering, Management and Technology. Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (IEREK Interdisciplinary Series for Sustainable Development) (pp. 101-106). Springer, Cham.