Building and construction

The Building and Construction research team in School of Property, Construction and Project Management has championed in the field of Built Environment and Design (Excellence of Research Australia Field of Research Code 12)

The team specialises in construction innovation, construction practice and management, education and professional training in construction, as well as sustainable housing.

Scholars from the Building and Construction research team have attained recognition at an international level. Their research has been consistently ranked amongst the top of the College in terms of H-index and citation numbers. Their impact on the construction research field is also evidenced by the editorial appointments in international refereed journals, including:

  • Construction Management and Economics (CME)
  • Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management (ECAM)
  • ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (JME)
  • Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Management
  • Procurement and Law (ICEMPL)
  • International Journal of Project Organization and Management (IJPOM)
  • ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction (JLADR)

The team’s contributions are being recognised through the success of the Australia Research Council (ARC) projects, state government funded projects, and industry funded projects.

Research themes

The team’s work has been centred around five main themes:

Construction innovation

  • Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in construction
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Offsite construction manufacturing
  • Renewable application in building

Construction practice and management

  • Construction contract administration 
  • Construction dispute resolution
  • Construction planning and user-centered design
  • Construction procurement and Private Public Partnering (PPP)
  • Organisational behavior and change management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Supply and value chain management

Education and professional training in construction

  • Graduate attributes
  • Student resilience
  • IT in application to construction professional training
  • Women in construction

Sustainable housing

  • Cost-benefit analysis frameworks to social housing infrastructure
  • Economic impact of new and maintenance project to the society



Professor Helen Lingard Professor Nick Blismas
Professor Peter S.P. Wong
Associate Professor Guillermo Aranda-Mena
Associate Professor Sarah Holdsworth
Dr Rebecca Jing Yang
Dr Rita (Peihua) Zhang
Dr Nader Naderpajouh
Dr Eric Too
Dr David Oswald
Dr Pauline Teo
Dr Sajani Jayasuriya
Dr Alireza Ahankoob
Dr Behzad Abbasnejad
Mr David Kenny
Ms Vijayalaxi Rangrej

HDR candidates

Gavin Liu
Liang Qi
Luper Noah
Pabasara Wijeratne Mudiyanselage
Hansen Seng
HongYing Zhao
R P Nilmini Weerasinghe

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