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The Built Environment Research Centre conducts cross faculty cutting edge built environment industry originated research, facilitates the learning of industry sponsored MSc and PhD candidates, and engages in extensive collaboration with other research institutes regionally, nationally, and internationally.


The Centre is housed in the School of the Built Environment, C-Block, Room C210, North Campus.

Objectives and functions

The purpose of the Centre is to contribute to the establishment of new research and development thereof, take advantage of research opportunities within the built environment and facilitate knowledge transfer to and from the built environment through research enterprise. The aims are to:

  • To provide opportunities for practicing professionals to conduct applied research at MSc and Doctoral level with a view to finding solutions to problems in their immediate work environment (Professional Doctorates);
  • Brand the NMMU built environment research excellence;
  • Expand built environment research capacity through the harnessing of multi-disciplinary research competencies in the school, faculty and university; and
  • Produce research outputs tailored to specific needs of the Built Environment industry stakeholders.
Contact information
Professor Winston Shakantu
Tel: 27 41 504 2394