1st Edition

Women in Construction Towards a more equal, diverse, and inclusive built environment sector

    264 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited book aims to provide a collection of scientific evidence on gender issues in the construction industry that contributes to discussions on equality, gender diversity, and inclusion in the built environment; and also provide baseline data for policy design and future research on women in the built environment.

    Presenting research findings from Africa, India, and Australia, the aims of the book are broad and it begins with an assessment of the gender-based challenges in the construction sector from the perspective of two generations of women. It goes on to discuss the issues affecting recruitment and career progression of women in construction and also to proffer solutions to the low turnout of women in the construction industry. Further chapters cover issues on retention and persistence of women in the sector despite the perceived gender-rooted challenges. Research into female leadership in the construction industry is also presented in the book with specific focus on the management of construction sites, quantity surveying practice and digital leadership. The book ends with a discussion on the impact of gender consideration on the sustainability of construction businesses, accessibility of housing finance, and infrastructure provisions such as markets.

    The research in this book is key reading for scholars of construction management, gender studies, and DEI and the workplace.

    0. Front Matter.  1. Gender-based challenges in the Construction Industry: perceptions from two generations. 2. Key issues impacting recruitment and career progression of women: the building and quantity surveying perspectives. 3. Low turnout of women in the Construction Industry: mending the leaky pipe. 4. An integrative review of factors that enable the retention of women in the built environment workforce. 5. Work-life balance of women in Construction: a systematic and narrative review. 6. Career sustainability and female onsite construction leaders:  case of a successful ‘boss lady’. 7. A theory of individual merit for lessening women’s disadvantages in the construction sector. 8. The Potentials of gender equality in supporting business sustainability:  a conceptual focus on the Nigerian construction sector. 9. A study of leadership traits of women Quantity Surveyors. 10. An investigation into women participation in construction firms -diversity management perspective. 11. Exploring the Female Identity in Digital Construction Leadership Roles in the Built Environment Sector. 12. Promoting Urban Sustainability-(Ilubirin Women’s market). 13. Women’s Access to Housing Finance in Nigeria: The Gender Gap Panacea.


    Patience Tunji-Olayeni is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Building Technology, Covenant University, Nigeria. She is the Convener of the Women Academics in Construction (WAiC) Network, a capacity-building platform mainly for women and post-graduate students in the built environment.

    Clinton Aigbavboa is a Professor of Sustainable Human Development at the Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. At this university, he is also the Director of the CIDB Centre of Excellence and Sustainable Human Settlement and Construction Research Centre.

    Abimbola Windapo is a Professor at the Department of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town, with more than 35 years of experience in practice, teaching, and research in the construction industry and projects. She is a C2-rated researcher with the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. She is also a registered member of the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP), a member of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), and a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Building (NIOB).

    Ayodeji Oke is an Associate Professor at the Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria. He is also their Team Leader of the Research Group on Sustainable Infrastructure Management plus (RG-SIM+).