Dr Michael Behm will visit RMIT in August 2014 as part of an International Visiting Fellowship grant awarded to the Centre.
Dr Behm is an Associate Professor in the East Carolina University Occupational Safety Program and a leading international expert in Safety in Design. He is the International Coordinator of the CIB (International Council for Building) Working Commission on Health and Safety in Construction (W099) as well as an active member of the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Construction Sector Occupational Research and Prevention through Design Council. In 2011, Dr Behm was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Singapore National Parks Board, Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology to study safe design aspects of urban greenery systems.
Dr Behm will present alongside RMIT researchers at the Centre’s upcoming Safety in Design seminar, discussing his current research which sets forth a rationale for integrating safe design into green building schemes to enhance sustainability throughout the built environment lifecycle. Download a brochure for this event (PDF 622 KB)
While in Australia, Dr Behm will also talk to interested RMIT staff and students and will collaborate with Centre researchers on research funding applications as well as joint research publications.
It is expected that Dr Behm’s visit will further raise the international profile of the Centre and springboard further research and development opportunities in work health and safety and sustainability.