Training & events

COBRA 2018

Conference London, 23-25 Apr 2018

The next event will be held in London, UK during the week of the 23 April 2018. Part of the COBRA 2018 conference will be hosted by the Annual Summit of the World Built Environment Forum.

Second call for papers for the COBRA research conference

RICS in partnership with University College London, presents the world’s leading annual construction, building and real estate research conference dedicated to providing stimulating debate and discussions between researchers from around the world, providing the basis for new areas of research in the built environment.

Part of the COBRA 2018 conference will be hosted by the World Built Environment Forum Annual Summit. The Forum is a global network of professionals engaged in on-going debate around the issues and developments affecting the built environment. Its Annual Summit takes place at the Intercontinental London – The O2, and will host over 1,000 delegates from across the globe, including leaders from industry, government, finance and research. Core themes to the Forum reflect the current global trends of urbanisation and sustainable development.

Engage in the debate, gain insight into industry perceptions, network with leaders in the construction, building and real estate sectors and share your thoughts on the most pressing issues for the future of the built environment.


COBRA is a platform for both established and upcoming researchers from across the globe to present, receive feedback and connect with other academics.

By registering interest to the COBRA 2018 conference, academics are invited to join the World Built Environment Forum. The Forum is an on and offline space designed to link ideas and innovative thinking, shaping policy and delivering real-world solutions. London will be the third Summit; previous Summits were held in Washington in 2016 and Shanghai in 2017 and the fourth will be held in India in 2019.

View the conference themes

Papers are invited in the following research areas, including papers that are cross disciplinary in nature:

  • Project Management: all aspects of project management in construction and engineering;  programme management; networks and their management; supply chain management; value; risk and benefits; information management; Building Information Modelling; stakeholder management; collaborative relationships. 
  • Management of Enterprises: resources and financial management; organisational capabilities and routines; technical and technological development; governance.
  • Cost Management and Procurement of Construction: building economics; game theory; financial governance.
  • Built Infrastructure: project management in the areas of rail, road and energy - client and service provider perspectives; the relationship between infrastructure and property. 
  • Commercial Property: research relating to agency, management, Landlord and Tenant, corporate real estate, investment and appraisal, location solutions, sustainability and corporate recovery.
  • Residential:  residential property and housing management;  survey and valuation, real estate agency and residential property management; equity investments such as REITs.
  • Valuation: property valuation, including residential surveys and valuation; real estate, machinery and business assets.
  • Facilities Management: whole life costing, total asset management energy and carbon footprints.
  • Building Surveying: conservation and restoration of historic buildings; fire safety; energy conservation; structural design and design for mobility access.
  • Environment: management, monitoring and assessment of the environment in the context of real estate, land and construction; environmental auditing and contaminated land.
  • Geomatics:  research relating to spatial information related to the natural, built, social and economic environments; hydrographics and land engineering.
  • Planning and Development: physical, social and environmental aspects of the built environment.
  • Arts and Antiques: valuation, sale, purchase and management of antiques and fine arts.
  • Minerals and Waste Management: all aspects of the management of mineral resources and waste.
  • Rural Surveying:  rural economy and the environment; agriculture, management of the natural environment and landscape; property management and valuation.
  • Taxation: legislation, accounting and investment implications of assessment of tax allowances.
  • Legal Stream; legal issues associated with property and construction, including disputes and conflict management
  • Generally: Education and training, professional liabilities, ethics.


Registration to COBRA will cover the whole COBRA conference, including the activities hosted at the Summit.

Further details of costs, conference schedule, and available/recommended accommodation will follow.

Key dates

Expression of interest 31 July 2017
Full paper submittal deadline 20 October 2017
Reviews / recommendations 24 November 2017
Conference registration opens 4 December 2017
Early bird conference registration closes 31 January 2018
Final paper deadline 23 February 2018
Conference registration closes 23 March 2018
Conference Week of 23 April

apers will only be published in the proceedings if the author (one of the authors in case of multi author papers) has registered and paid for the conference by 23 March 2018. COBRA requires at least one author to register and attend the conference.

All the papers that are submitted to COBRA are subject to academic review, at the full paper stage, to ensure relevance, rigour and topicality.

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