Dr Jennifer Barrett
Senior Lecturer and Researcher, University of Central Lancashire
Dr. Jenni Barrett is Director of coLAB and Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Jenni’s work is grounded in her 15 years of experience in the construction industry working in building design, urban design, and infra-structure design teams. She now lectures and conducts research on the social and psychological aspects of working in design teams, looking in particular at how digital interaction differs to traditional face to face collaboration. She is also a leading researcher on gender equity in construction, with findings recently included in parliamentary group briefings on the recruitment and retention of women in the built environment. Jenni is a member of the Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment at UCLan and a core team member of the Women In BIM network. Her research and training consultancy, coLAB ( www.colabnetwork.co.uk), offers a variety of training programmes and research support to construction industry organisations, with specialist programmes to enhance organisational cultures, project team collaboration, creativity and diversity in the Industry 4.0 workplace and on BIM projects.