Haytham holds B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (with distinction) from the Islamic University of Gaza in Palestine, M.Sc. in Project Management (with distinction) and PhD degree in Project Management from the University of Manchester in the UK. 

Haytham joined the University of Cumbria as a Lecturer in Project Management in September 2018. He teaches project scheduling, planning and control, commercial management, procurement management and contract management. Before taking up this academic post, and parallel to his doctoral research at the University of Manchester, Haytham was appointed a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and a teaching assistant at the University of Manchester.

Previously, Haytham had worked in the construction industry in a number of roles including designer, contract manager and project manager. Particularly, 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's research interests lie in the area of alternative dispute resolution with particular emphasis on understanding how international arbitrators make their decisions on the merits of disputes arising from international construction projects. He has published a number of papers concerning construction contracts, disputes, dispute resolution and arbitration in high ranking journals. Haytham is a reviewer for a number of journals including the Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, and Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management journal. Also, Haytham is a reviewer for the RICS annual COBRA conference.

Throughout his academic career, Haytham was awarded a number of prestigious and highly sought after awards, among which are the Society of Construction Arbitrators' Norman Royce Prize 2017 and the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators' Travelling Scholarship 2017. Haytham claims the distinction of holding the first "Management of Projects Studentship" offered by the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. In recognition of his work, Haytham was recognised by the University of Manchester as ''being an exceptional and dedicated'' researcher in 2018.

Qualifications and memberships

Academic Qualifications

PhD in Management of Projects

M.Sc. in Management of Projects

B.Sc. in Civil Engineering

Professional Qualifications

PMQ IPMA level D award



Academic and research interests

Project Management

Planning and Control

Procurement Management

Commercial Management

Construction Disputes and Dispute Resolution

Construction Law

International Arbitration


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

‘Water and Energy in Mediterranean region’. Presentation at Michelangelo workshop, Italy, April 2012

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