Dr. Al-Mhdawi is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Engineering Project Management at the School of Computing, Engineering, and Digital Technologies (SCEDT), Teesside University, UK. He earned his Ph.D. in Risk Management from the University of Southampton in 2022. His thesis focused on construction risk management under extreme conditions. He has over ten years of experience in integrating risk and safety management into core business processes across different industries (construction, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, finance, space, and healthcare systems).
Dr. Al-Mhdawi’s research focuses on modelling construction risk behaviour, as well as developing mathematical models that capture the dependencies between risk categories and their levels of riskiness. He has a special interest in developing decision support systems for risk management and risk communication. Moreover, Dr. Al-Mhdawi is interested in hazard recognition, construction safety risk perception, safety culture parameters, and the management of diversity in the construction workforce. Furthermore, Dr. Al-Mhdawi's research involves developing hybrid assessment, prediction, and optimization models utilizing a number of quantitative methods such as Fuzzy Sets Theory, Artificial Neural Networks, Bayesian Networks, Analytical Hierarchy Process, Discrete Event Simulation, and Structural Equation Modelling.
Dr. Al-Mhdawi is a member of the Association for Project Management, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Society of Safety Professionals.
External Research Collaborations
Dr. Al-Mhdawi is open to and welcomes collaborations with national and international industry experts and researchers. He is currently collaborating with Plastron UK Ltd on developing an agile compliance framework for the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) and assessing the risk associated with non-compliance with ECSS. Furthermore, he is actively involved in collaborative projects with Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Southampton Centre for Advanced Project Management, the University of Southampton, and Southampton Centre for Risk Research, the University of Southampton, related to critical infrastructure risk management and risk behaviour modelling.
Qazi, A. and Al-Mhdawi, M.K.S., 2023. Exploring dependencies among global environmental, socioeconomic, and technological risks. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 98, p.106912. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2022.106912
Al-Mhdawi, M.K.S., Brito, M.P., Onggo, B.S. and Rashid, H.A. Analyzing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Risks on Construction Projects in Developing Countries: Case of Iraq. In Construction Research Congress 2022 (pp. 1013-1023). https://ascelibrary.org/doi/epdf/10.1061/9780784483961.106
Al-Mhdawi, M.K.S., Brito, M.P., Abdul Nabi, M., El-Adaway, I.H. and Onggo, B.S., 2022. Capturing the impact of COVID-19 on construction projects in developing countries: A case study of Iraq. Journal of Management in Engineering, 38(1). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000991
PhD, Risk Management of Construction Projects Under Extreme Conditions, University of Southampton
Sep 2017 → Apr 2022
Award Date: 17 Oct 2022