Luper Noah is completing a PhD (Built Environment) within RMIT’s Centre for Integrated Project Solutions, aiming to change public opinion with his research.
Why did you choose to study at RMIT?
I wanted to learn how to balance technical skills and management skills without doing a business related degree, so I chose to study in RMIT’s School of Property, Construction and Project Management (PCPM). I completed my Master of Project Management in PCPM and am now completing my PhD (Built Environment) within its Centre for Integrated Project Solutions.
I never thought I would be able to study here with a background in information technology, but now I don’t feel locked in a particular field of study.
The PCPM academics focus on helping people develop a lifestyle, and I feel like I now have a second chance to achieve my goals.
What is the focus of your PhD, and how did you come to decide on this?
My thesis topic is 'Integrating cost, stakeholder acceptance, and practitioners' attitudes towards achieving innovative, sustainable construction methods in the built environment'. I chose my research topic as a result of the experience I’ve had as a construction manager in the small building company that I manage.
Despite the plethora of campaigns and other efforts to adapt sustainable construction methods, the public has a strong aversion towards the sustainable techniques that are on the market. I want to find out why this is the case and how to motivate the public to accept the long-term benefits of sustainable construction over the short-term cost associated with it. I am no ‘transformationist’ but I think my research can contribute to existing attempts to change the minds of a doubting public.
What are the three words that best describe you?
Determined, focused, reliable.