Haytham Besaiso

Department: Marketing and Strategy

Office/Location: 02.55, Ogmore Building, Cardiff School of Management, Llandaff Campus


Email: Hbesaiso@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Staff Overview

Dr Haytham Besaiso joined Cardiff Metropolitan University as a senior lecturer in project management in December 2020. Haytham teaches in the MSc. Project Management programme, supervise dissertations in the MSc. Project Management and MBA (Project Management) programmes and undertakes independent research.

Haytham’s research interests focus on the commercial aspects of project-based work.

Prior to his academic post at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Haytham worked at the University of Cumbria as a lecturer in project management where he taught several cohorts of students and degree apprentices who were sponsored by large project-based or project-oriented organisations in different industries (e.g. Sellafield Ltd., Rolls Royce, and BAE Systems).

Haytham holds a PhD in Project Management from the University of Manchester. He claims the distinction of holding the first "Management of Projects PhD Studentship" offered by the School of MACE, the University of Manchester. Haytham has been awarded a number of prestigious awards in relation to his doctoral research on arbitral decision-making in international construction projects (e.g. the Society of Construction Arbitrators’ Norman Royce Prize, and the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators’ Travelling Scholarship). Further, in recognition of his research achievements, the Faculty of Science and Engineering at University of Manchester awarded Haytham the ‘Postgraduate Research Student of the Year 2018 Nominee’ Distinguished Achievement Award.M

Haytham studied M.Sc. in Project Management at the University of Manchester, graduated with distinction, and was awarded ''the Best Dissertation” award and “the Best Student across all M.Sc. Management of Projects Programmes” (340 students from more than 30 countries) award.

Haytham’s background is in engineering and construction. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (with distinction) from the Islamic University of Gaza in Palestine. He spent the first few years of his career in the construction industry working in engineering, contract management and project management areas. Where he managed $ multi-million construction contracts for infrastructure and building projects including sewage pumping stations, wastewater treatment plants, water supply, landfills, hospitals and highways.

Haytham is a fellow of HEA, and I hold the APM’s PMQ (IMPA Level D qualification) and PRINCEII (foundation level).


MPM7001 Project Management Theory and Practice (module leader)

MPM7005 Project Commercial Management (module leader)

MPM7007 Mega and Complex Projects (module tutor)


My research interests lie in the commercial space of project management. I aim to develop a niche specialism in the area of contracting, and how commercial contract law relates to the project work in a commercial context.

Currently, I am undertaking independent research in relation to procurement strategy in a project context.

I welcome PhD candidates who are interested in project management and particularly the commercial aspects of project management such as project procurement management, contract management, and alternative dispute resolution.

Key Publications

I have published several papers concerning construction contracts, disputes, dispute resolution and arbitration in high-ranking journals.

Besaiso, H. and Fenn, P. (2020). How Do International Construction Arbitrators Make Their Decisions? The Status of Substantive Law. International Construction Law Review 37 (3).

Besaiso, H., Fenn, P., Emsley, M. and Wright, D. (2018). A Comparison of the Suitability of FIDIC and NEC Conditions of Contract in Palestine: A perspective from the industry. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. 25(2).

Besaiso, H., Fenn, P. and Emsley, M. (2018). Evolution of Construction Arbitration. Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. 10(2).

Besaiso, H. (2017). How do Construction Arbitrators make their decisions? A Perspective from Palestine. A paper won the Society of Construction Arbitrators' Norman Royce Prize 2017.

Besaiso, H., Fenn, P. and Emsley, M. (2017). International Construction Arbitration: a need for decoding the black box of decision making. International Construction Law Review 34 (3).

Besaiso, H., Fenn, P. and Emsley, M. (2016). Alternative dispute resolution in Palestine: the myth and dilemma of construction mediation. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment. 8 (3), 269 - 286.

Besaiso, H., Wright, D., Fenn, P. and Emsley, M. (2016). A Comparison of the Suitability of FIDIC and NEC Conditions of Contract in Palestine’. Paper presented at COBRA conference in Toronto, September 2015

‘Recycling of Demolition Debris in Road Pavements -Subbase and Basecourse’. Paper presented at International Conference on Construction in Malaysia, July 2011

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