Luke Deamer


Doctoral Practitioner, in collaboration with Keller Group plc
MESci (Hons) Geology

Academic and research departments

Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

My research project

In the media

My publications

Publications

Deamer, L., Russell, E. and Lee, J. (2020). Lost in Translation: sustainability down the construction supply chain
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This article considers pre-qualification question (PQQ) sustainability data captured down the supply chain, from clients down to raw material suppliers. We consider the types of sustainability information requested at each stage of the supply chain and ask whether they help meet the objective of building sustainable assets. Public Spend Forum review: "An article on LocalGov, from the University of Surrey, explores whether the PQQ can be considered a valuable tool for managing sustainability in the supply chain. It considers sustainability data captured down the supply chain, from public and private sector clients down to raw material suppliers. It looks at the types of sustainability information requested at each stage of the supply chain and asks whether they help meet the objective of building sustainable assets. It proposes three questions that should be asked at each stage, which cover: client to main contractor, main contractor to subcontractors and subcontractor to wholesalers and manufacturers. Beyond the basic sustainability requirements, most PQQ sustainability questions appear to be stuck in a feedback cycle, it says, and this it attempts to debug."
EFFC (2020). European Federation of Foundation Contractors Sustainability Overview
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An introduction to sustainability concepts, accreditations and legislation for foundation contractors
Deamer, L.R., Lee, J.J., De Waele, J.E., Mulheron, M.J., France, C.M. (2021). How Does the Current System of Pre-Qualification Influence Sustainable Outcomes for the Geotechnical Industry?
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Pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) record many of the sustainability requests that geotechnical companies receive from their clients. Analysis of 150 PQQs and stakeholder interviews is used to establish where PQQs have the greatest/least influence, both in geotechnical companies and their projects. Consistent requests, like for environmental prosecutions or ISO 14001, together with those requests made in high-value bids, have forced geotechnical companies to meet minimum sustainability criteria. However, other PQQ requests have proven less successful; caught up in a devaluation cycle, both clients’ PQQs and geotechnical companies’ responses have resulted in little overall sustainability improvement. There is also a general absence of requests for social sustainability and sustainable innovation, along with a broader disconnect between project-specific PQQ priorities and the longer-term sustainability strategies of geotechnical companies. A short series of recommendations are therefore explored, aiming to improve PQQ influence on geotechnical company/project sustainability.