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Dr Natalya Sergeeva
Tel: +4407539007177
  • Lecturer
  • The Bartlett Sch of Const & Proj Mgt
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Natalya is an academic and consultant in the management of innovation in firms and projects. She holds a PhD degree in the subject of innovation narratives in the built environment context. Natalya has industrial experience in managing large water-supply company through a number of different scale projects. She is actively engaging with professionals in the infrastructure industry: permanent owners (e.g. Anglian Water, Thames Water, Highways England) and suppliers (e.g. Costain, Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Liang O’Rourke), temporary organisations (e.g. Olympics, Crossrail, Thames Tideway Tunnel, HS2) and institutions (MPA, APM, ICE, CIOB, RICS, BRE); and regularly participates in the industry and corporate events, conducting interviews and workshops. Natalya’s research interests include innovation leadership at firm and project levels. Her work is published in International Journal of Innovation Management, European Journal of Innovation Management, Project Management Journal and Engineering Project Organization Journal.

Research Summary

Natalya's research is focused on innovation leadership in enterprise and project organising. Natalya’s research interests include applications of organisational theories including processual approach, sensemaking, social identity, narrative and storytelling in understanding innovation at firm and project levels. She is working on building new theoretical understanding of different aspects of innovation. The empirical insights are built upon both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Natalya regularly publishes articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She actively participates in the international and national conferences.  

Theoretical: processual approach in understanding innovation; macro- and micro-level narratives of innovation; sense making and identity work

Practical: innovation in project-based enterprises, programs and projects; innovation champions; narratives and stories of innovation mobilised by practitioners

Methodological: qualitative and quantitative research 

Research grants:

March: Association of Project Management (APM) Research Fund. Exploring narratives of governance in UK infrastructure owners and operators

Dec 2015 EPSRC Industrial Case Studentship in collaboration with Costain and Constructing Excellence


CIOB International Innovation & Research (I&R) Awards 2016 in the Research Paper category. 

The ‘Rod Howes’ Commemorative Award for Innovation. ARCOM (Association of Researchers in Construction Management) 29thAnnual Conference, Reading, UK, 2-4 September 2013 


Teaching Summary

Natalya is a Lecturer in Innovation and Project Management at all levels at the School. She is actively promoting research-based teaching. She holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy; and Associateship in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Natalya is a visiting Lecturer at Manchester Business School and University of Reading.

01-AUG-2014 Lecturer in the Management of Projects Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2013 – 01-FEB-2014 Teaching assistant Manchester Business School University of Manchester, United Kingdom
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