Professor John Smallwood has conducted extensive research in the field of construction H&S, and ergonomics. Both his MSc and PhD (Construction Management) addressed H&S.
Publication outputs include: papers in international journals, conference proceedings and reports, chapters in books, and articles, interviews and an H&S column in industry magazines. Completed chapters for books include the health and safety chapter for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Architect's Handbook of Construction Project Management in the capacity as principal co-author.
He has organized and presented a range of regional seminars and workshops, initiated and co-organised the First, Second, Third, and Fourth South African Construction H&S conferences, and addressed institutes and business organizations. 30 Years of H&S experience also includes contracts management, consulting, lecturing, competition and star grading judging and chairing of regional and national forums and committees.
He is a Pr CM, a Member of the Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and a member of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa (ESSA), International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Institute of Safety Management (IoSM), and South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH), and a member and a Past-Councilor of the Council, South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP).
He is also the Past-President of the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA), and a Director, Association of Construction Health and Safety Management (ACHASM). Prof Smallwood is Professor and Head, Department of Construction Management, and the Programme Director, MSc (Built Environment) Programme at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).
Other leadership contributions include, Coordinator, Africa and Middle East, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Work Group 99 (Safety and Health in Construction), and International-Coordinator, CIB Task Group 59 (People in Construction). He is also a National Research Foundation rated researcher specialising in construction-related issues such as H&S.