The Research Centre for Built Environment Asset Management

The BEAM Research Centre was established in 2014 through the generous sponsorship of Jim Cochrane, an experienced international businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Centre’s research focus is on maximising social, economic and environmental benefit through the effective development, use and revitalisation of the built environment and through engagement with the communities involved. The Centre’s Director is Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, and Deputy Director Professor Billy Hare, who are both Professors of Construction.

The BEAM Centre and the Sustainable Development Goals

Since 2017 Glasgow Caledonian University has structured its research strategy around the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The SDGs are a blueprint for global progress towards a more sustainable future, with all goals interconnected and equal in importance.  At the BEAM Centre it is believed that commitment to the SDGs is essential to the realisation of social, economic and environmental sustainability and to addressing the climate emergency outlined by the IPCC, and the biodiversity/ecosystem crisis described by the IPBES.

The work of the BEAM Research Centre is highly aligned to a number of the SDGs, and the Centre strives to place the SDGs at the core of its research.  Each of the BEAM Centre's three research areas relate to two of the SDGs:

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‌ The BEAM Centre and GCU's societal challenges

The Centre contributes to research activity across the three societal challenges that are the focus for GCU research to 2020: Healthy Lives, Inclusive Societies and Sustainable Environments. Focusing on ‘Sustainable Development’, we aim to be recognised for Executive Education and Knowledge Transfer activity through pioneering research in the following areas: