Professor Hairstans undertakes research, consultancy, and knowledge exchange activities to deliver engineering and construction technologies for tomorrow’s communities within a circular economy.
- Director of the Centre for Advanced Timber Technology
New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE)
- Head of the Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures
Edinburgh Napier University (ENU)
Robert transfers his knowledge by innovatively improving pathways for upskilling, instigating cooperative start-ups for knowledge sharing, conducting international knowledge exchanges, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed published works in journals, books, and conference proceedings. His most recent publication is the 2nd edition of his book Off-Site and Industrialised Timber Construction via TRADA.
Robert has a broad industry network and works closely with global organisations including Trimble, establishing a Trimble Technology Lab at Edinburgh Napier University’s expanding leadership in training and research in digital timber engineering.