Professor Walker has been teaching and researching at the University of Hong Kong since 1985 when he was appointed Founding Professor of the Department, prior to which he held academic appointments in the United Kingdom.
He was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government in the 1998 Honours List for services to town planning as a result of his membership of the Town Planning Board and Vice-Chairman of its Metro Committee. He was awarded the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Achievement Award for contributions to real estate research and education.
Professor Walker has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has supervised many PhD candidates who now fill senior positions in academia and business. He has also acted as external examiner at all these levels.
Professor Walker’s main research field is project management but has also encompassed construction and real state economics and management. He has published thirteen books and editions of which Project Management in Construction which was first published in 1984 is in its fifth edition. He has also published numerous papers in the major academic journal as well a presenting keynote papers at major conferences. His work has found practical expression through commissions from construction and real estate organisations in Hong Kong and the World Bank. He has served on the editorial boards and referees for many major academic journals.