1st Edition

Validity and Reliability in Built Environment Research
A Selection of Case Studies

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ISBN 9780367197803
February 25, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book aims to guide researchers who are engaged in social science and built environment research through the process of testing the reliability and validity of their research outputs following the application of different methods of data collection.

The book presents case studies that emphasize the use of various reliability and validity measures applied to different research methodologies, as such the reader is guided through the case studies that demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the reliability and validity approaches from social science and built environment perspectives in alignment with the relevant research philosophies, approaches and data collection strategies
  • Real research projects that have been conducted by expert researchers on topics such as sustainability, supply chain and engineering Management to answer specific or evolving questions in relation to the reliability and validity of research
  • A simple and easy method that students at Masters and PhD levels can relate to in order to adopt a sound reliability and validity approach to their research

The book will also be a great asset to supervisors from different backgrounds who need a refresher on this key aspect of the research cycle.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Understanding Reliability in Research

Vian Ahmed, Ayokunle Olanipekun, Alex Opoku et al

Chapter 2: Understanding Validity in Research

Ayokunle Olanipekun, Vian Ahmed, Alex Opoku et al


Chapter 3: An Investigation into contributing factors of excess inventory within the cosmetic industry in the UAE: An AHP analysis as form of Inter-Rater Reliability

Vian Ahmed, Sara Saboor, Heba Khlaif et al

Chapter 4: An Investigation into underpinning criteria of ‘Subjective Happiness’ in an Academic Environment - A Parallel Form of Reliability Test

Sara Saboor, Alia Al Sadawi, Malick Ndiaye et al


Chapter 5: Enhancing Reliability and Validity in a study exploring the indicators of a sustainability assessment framework for neighbourhood development in Nigeria

Ayomikun Solomon Adewumi, Dumiso Moyo and Vincent Onyango

Chapter 6: A Predictive Validity Analysis of Water Demand Forecasting Model in the UAE

Vian Ahmed, Sara Saboor, Ahmad Saad et al

Chapter 7: Exploring and Confirming Project Owners’ Motivations for Green Building Project Delivery using Construct Validity Test

Ayokunle Olanipekun

Chapter 8: Investigation into Underpinning Criteria of Depression in Women by adopting Factor Analysis as Construct Validity Test

Sara Saboor, Sadawi Alzzatrah and Vian Ahmed


Chapter 9: A Case Study of Singapore’s Hawker Centres as an Inclusive Mechanism: Internal and External validity of Qualitative Data

Yajian Zhang and Willie Tan

Chapter 10: The Delphi technique as a tool for quality research in the Built Environment

Edoghogho Ogbeifun and Jan-Harm C. Pretorius

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Vian Ahmed is a Professor at the College of in the Industrial Engineering Department of the American University of Sharjah, UAE. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), and a Fellow of the of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) with over 25 years of academic and industrial experience in the UK and overseas and more that 30 successfully graduated PhD students.

Alex Opoku is an Associate Professor at the UCL Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Chartered Quantity Surveyor (MRICS) and Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB) with many years of teaching and learning experience in the UK Higher Education sector. He also worked in the UK construction industry as a Quantity Surveyor.

Ayokunle Olubunmi Olanipekun is a Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, UK. He has professional academic experience in higher education institutions in Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand since 2011. He is Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy

Monty Sutrisna is Professor of Construction and Project Management and the Head of School – School of Built Environment at Massey University, New Zealand. With professional experience in both industry and academia in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia for about 20 years, he has been championing close collaboration between industry and academia to achieve synergy. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building, a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and also a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institute of Building and Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.


'This provides a welcome addition to the literature on research methods in the built environment and should be useful for students at all levels.' - Dr. Mark Addis, London School of Economics and Political Science