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COBRA is the RICS research conference dedicated to construction, building and infrastructure. Since its first edition in 1995, COBRA has been held in different countries in partnership with local organisations to act as a key event for presenting and discussing the latest research across the world.



For the 2020 edition of COBRA, RICS and ARES join forces to present a dedicated track at ARES 2020, covering seven overarching themes:

  1. Project delivery: Construction management; Project management and project delivery systems; Site management; Risk management; Health and safety; Waste management.
  2. Construction business: Financing; Procurement; Sustainable and socially-responsible procurement; Cost and value management; Contract management; Quantity surveying.
  3. Professional advancement in construction: Leadership; Cooperation and interdisciplinarity; Knowledge sharing; Ethics and transparency; Professional education, skills and training.
  4. Policy and regulation: Building regulation and control; Standardisation; Infrastructure planning and development; Legal aspects of construction; Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFI).
  5. Construction technology: Modern and sustainable methods of construction; Low-carbon materials; Circular economy; Building renovation; Building performance evaluation.
  6. Digitalisation: Building Information Modelling (BIM); Data standards; Built environment modelling; ConTech; AI for cost prediction; Blockchain for data validation and exchange.
  7. Legal: Law of property and property rights; Health and safety; Corporate manslaughter; Contract law; Dispute management and resolution; Building regulation and control; Environmental law; Housing law; Legal education in construction and property; Professional negligence; International and comparative law.


Researchers, students and industry professionals are invited to submit abstracts by 15 October 2019 (8pm GMT). To submit your abstract, download the submission template at, fill it and send it to


The RICS COBRA Award 2020 of US$1,500 will be awarded to the best research paper presented at the track. Notable papers will also be considered for the World Built Environment Forum (WBEF) Research Prize, worth US$5,000 comprising: US$2,500 in cash and participation at the 2021 WBEF Summit.


Conference attendants and presenters will be able to participate to all COBRA and ARES 2020 sessions. Papers accepted to the COBRA track will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process to be published (digitally) and disseminated through RICS channels. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers on 25 October 2019. The deadline for submitting the full paper is set to 5 January 2020. For more information please visit or email

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