Our HDR Candidates

Civil Engineering


Topic/Thesis Title


Strand / Program

Alexander Sims

Activity modelling for risk assessment and emergency management applications  focusing on peri urban regions

 Prof Michael Taylor, Dr Sekhar Somenahalli

 Transport Engineering

Ali Al-Gemeel

Development and characterisation of hybrid engineered cementitious composite (ECC) and its application to column retrofitting

 Prof Yan Zhuge, Prof Guoxing Lu, Dr Xing Ma

 Civil Engineering

Andrea Parks

Supporting prospective students: recruitment for student success

Prof Julie Mills, Assoc. Prof Delene Weber, Prof Karin Barovich, Prof Martin Westwell

Civil Engineering

Arnold Platts

 An enhanced heat transfer system for ground heat exchange in unsaturated soils

Dr Don Cameron, Prof Jill Slay, Dr James Ward

Civil Engineering

Branko Stazic

 Linking macro level strategic transport forecasting models and traffic microsimulation models to enhance transportation analysis process

Prof  Michael Taylor, Dr Wen Long Yue

Transport Engineering

Callum Sleep

The potential for a transport mode shift to improve the sustainability of travel in the suburbs of South Eastern Australia

Dr Sekhar Somenahalli, Dr Andrew Allan

Civil Engineering

Cameron Hopkins

Sustainable in-situ cold recycling of local roads

Dr Don Cameron, Dr Mizanur Rahman

Civil Engineering

Chenghao Lu

Structural behaviour of retrofitted steel transmission towers

 Dr Xing Ma, Prof Julie Mills

 Civil Engineering

David Cockburn

Investigation into the use of Port Pirie lead/zinc slag as a supplementary cementitious material in concrete

Prof Julie Mills, Mr Tom Benn 

Civil Engineering 

Essam Eltayeb

 The role of unreinforced masonry walls in the lateral resistance of buildings

Dr Xing Ma, Prof Julie Mills, Mr Ashesh Singh

Civil Engineering

Eugene Moore

 Development of a low-tech, low-cost alternative to aquaponics, integrating agriculture and aquaculture

Dr James Ward, Prof Chris Saint

Civil Engineering

Farid Khayyer

Modelling the liquefaction behaviour of sand with fines and the effect of bio-cementation

Dr Mizanur Rahman, Dr Rajibul Karim

Civil Engineering

Farjana Akhter

 Economic analysis of water sensitive urban design technologies

 Dr Guna Hewa, Dr Faisal Ahammed, Dr Baden Myers

Civil Engineering

Ghulam Hussaini

Numerical simulation for soil-superstructure interactive system subjected to earthquake excitations

Dr Mizanur Rahman, Dr Rajibul Karim

Civil Engineering

Jeet Chand

Investigation of glasshouse soil-based tomato under different irrigation deficiency and soil types: a case study of North Adelaide Plain, South Australia

Dr Guna Hewa, Dr Ali Hssanli,Dr Baden Myers

 Civil Engineering

Jianghui Dong

 Theoretical study on the buckling behavior of profiled skin sheets in steel and concrete composite members

 Dr Xing Ma, Prof Yan Zhuge, Prof Julie Mills

 Civil Engineering

Mark Ellis

Durability of crumbed rubber concrete

Dr Xing Ma, Prof Julie Mills, Dr Rebecca Gravina, Prof Yan Zhuge

Civil Engineering

Md Hossain

 Modelling the hydrological process on Martian environment

Dr Guna Hewa, Prof Chris Chow,

Civil Engineering

Md Rahman

 Oversaturated traffic signal: stochastic optimization with upstream gating and queue balancing

Dr Wen Long Yue, Dr Sekhar Somenahalli, Mr Brank Stazic

Transport Engineering

Melodie Selby

Women in engineering careers: Why they left and why they stayed

Prof Julie Mills, Assoc Prof Alissa Cordner, Dr Sally Male

 Civil Engineering

Mona Mosallanejad

Estimation of the origin-destination matrix for multimodal public transport using smart card data

 Dr Sekhar Somenahalli, Dr Wen Long Yue

 Civil Engineering

Monita Yessy Wambrauw

 Investigation route choice behaviour of commuters using bridge linking isolated islands in Indonesia

 Dr Wen Long Yue, Dr Sekhar Somenahalli, Dr Li Meng

 Civil Engineering

Munshi Nawaz

Transit oriented development (TOD): opportunities of a bus based developments (BTOD) as a mechanism for achieving low carbon communities

Dr Sekhar Somenahalli, Dr Andrew Allan

Transport Engineering

Nicholas Barnett

 A study of the static liquefaction behaviour of sand-fines mixtures using discrete element method (DEM)

Dr Mizanur Rahman, Dr Rajibul Karim

 Civil Engineering

 Ou Yi

Computer analysis of structural behaviour of cumb rubber concrete

 Prof Yan Zhuge, Prof Julie Mills, Dr rebecca Gravina, Dr Xing Ma

 Civil Engineering

Ratnayake Ratnayake

Initial soil moisture effects on flash flood forecasting in the urbanised catchments in South Australian semi-arid climate

Dr Guna Hewa, Mr David Pezzaniti

 Civil Engineering

Reena Hora

Development of microbial induced calcite precipitation, MICP technique to bio-cement of sandy soil for sustainable geotechnical practice

Dr Mizanur Rahman, Prof Simon Beecham, Dr Rajibul Karim, Prof Jason DeJong

Civil Engineering

Riaz Uddin

Road safety assessment. A Case study of Peshawar (Pakistan)

 Dr Wen Long Yue

Transport Engineering

Ricky Tolentino

Prediction of permanent deformation in aircraft flexible pavement structural design under the framework of critical state soil mechanics

Dr Mizanur Rahman

 Civil Engineering

Rohini Kolapalli

A model for generating cost and time effective solutions for the management of water quality.

Dr Mizanur Rahman, Prof John Van Leeuwen, Dr Rajibul Karim

 Civil Engineering

Stacey Vorwerk

Modelling ground and moisture movement in a vegetated expansive clay suburb

 Dr Don Cameron, Dr Gunnar Keppel

Civil Engineering

Tom Benn

 The effect of high limestone mineral addition and cement kiln dust on chloride penetration of concrete

Prof Julie Mills, Dr Xing Ma, Assoc. Prof Daksh Baweja

Civil Engineering

Wei Fan

Retrofitting of corroded concrete pipe with Textile Reinforced Mortar (TRM)

Prof Yan Zhuge, Dr Xing Ma, Prof Chris Chow

Civil Engineering

Zhonghui Wu

Wind induced vibration of transmission line

Dr Xing Ma, Prof Yan Zhuge, Prof Julie Mills

 Civil Engineering

Liwei Heng

Particle Flow Code(PFC) modelling on fresh calcium aluminate concrete (CAC) materials

Prof Yan Zhuge, A Prof Mizanur Rahmand

Civil Engineering

Construction and Project Management


Topic/Thesis Title


Strand / Program

Arati Kalia

Cost & risk management analysis of capital intensive projects e.g. construction projects.

Assoc. Prof Nicholas Chileshe, Dr Rameez Rameezdeen, Dr Jun Ahn,

Project Management

Abid Hasan

The implications of the use of mobile information and communication technologies for construction productivity

Prof Abbas Elmualim, Dr Rameez Rameezdeen, Dr Sam Baroudi

 Construction Management

Anthony Wood

The project management office: factors that drive effective deployment in Australia

 Assoc. Prof Nicholas Chileshe, Dr Mark Shelbourn

 Project Management

Darren Fong

Utilisation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in higer education facilities management setting

Prof  Abbas Elmualim, Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua, Dr Mark Shelbourn

Project Management

Duy Nguyen

Partnering and quality management in the construction industry

Assoc. Prof Nicholas Chileshe, Dr Rameez Rameezdeen

 Construction Management

 Hossein Derakhshanfar

Developing projects quantitative risk analysis technique using artificial neural network based on historical information and lessons learned

Prof Abbas Elmualim, Mr Uri Shachar, Dr Wolfgang Mayer, Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua

 Project Managment

 Jacqueline Jepson

 How project risk management practice compares with theory

 Dr Konstantinos Kirytopoulos, Prof Kerry London

 Project Management

 James Prater

An investigation of the theory of optimism bias and its impact on realistic Information Technology project scheduling

 Dr Konstantinos Kirytopoulos,  Dr Tony Ma

Project Management 

 Jennifer Macdonald

CODE BIM: Collaborative design education utilising Building Information Modelling

Prof Julie Mills, Dr Mark Shelbourn, Dr John Mitchell


Jenny Firmin Pisimi

 Influence of culture and stakeholder management of current Corporate Social Responsibility practice and its implications on socio-economic developments: Papua New Guinea oil and gas industry

Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua, Prof David Giles, Prof Abbas Elmualim

Project Management

 Krishnan Mysore

Influence of people, organisation and environment on multi-stakeholder engagement adversities in globally distributed ICT projects: a vendor’s perspective

Prof Abbas Elmualim, Dr Konstantinos Kirytopoulos

 Project Management

Mojtaba Moosavi


Dr Rameez Rameezdeen, Assoc Professor Nicholas Chileshe

Project Management

Noor Ismah Hashim

An investigation into multiple projects environments within the australian construction industry

 Assoc. Prof Nicholas Chileshe, Dr Sam Baroudi

Project Management

 Robert Cyprian

Alleviating complex hostile stakeholder interference influenced by unfavourable governance practices in project management in developing countries. An exploratory case field study

Dr Rameez Rameezdeen, Assoc Prof Nicholas Chileshe

 Project Management

 Ruchini Senarath Jayasinghe Arachchila

Risks in reverse logistics: a building information modelling enabled risk management model

Dr Rameez Rameezdeen, Assoc Prof Nicholas Chileshe

Project Management

 Sylvia Odusanya

Investigating project performance measurements based on the complexity level of IT-enabled projects

 Prof Abbas Elmualim, Assoc Prof Nicholas Chileshe, Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua

 Project Management

Tan Hai Dang Nguyen

Stakeholder management strategies for construction projects in Vietnam

 Assoc Prof Nicholas Chileshe, Dr Rameez Rameezdeen

Project Management

 Wing Yiu Lai

Construction managers and quality management in Hong Kong building projects

 Assoc Prof Nicholas Chileshe


Environmental and Geospatial Sciences


Topic/Thesis Title


Strand / Program

 Adam Sutton

 Understanding nanoparticle interactions with capillary electrophoresis

 Prof Emily Hilder, Dr Ruben Arrua, Dr Stuart Thickett

 Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Alexandra Gaut

 Improving wellbeing by developing a connection to nature

 Assoc. Prof Delene Weber, Dr Elissa Pearson, Dr Philip Roetman

 Sustainable Environments

 Alicia Pollet

 Heat flow and crustal heat production in Central and Southern Australia

 Dr Tom Raimondo, Dr Justin Payne, Prof Martin Hand

 Environmental Science

 Anne Fordham

 Corporate social responsibility of mining companies in rural communities in South Australia and beyond

Prof John Van Leeuwen, Dr Boyd Blackwell, Mr Geoff Deans

Environmental Science

Aylar Yaghoubi

Risk-based asset decision support model for water infrastructure management

Prof Chris Chow, Dr Rameez Rameezdeen

Environmental Science

Bianca Amato

 The role of native pollinators and vegetation as drivers of agricultural productivity in the context of resource scarcity

Assoc. Prof Topa Petit, Dr Russel Schumann

Environmental Science

Briony Ankor

 An evaluation of the use of remote sensing in the development and monitoring of environmental policies in Australia

 Dr Sharolyn Anderson, Assoc. Prof David Bruce

Geographic Information Science

Cameron Ollson

The influence of co-contaminants on the bioavailability and bioaccessibility of arsenic, cadmium and lead

Assoc Prof Albert Juhasz, Dr Euan Smith

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

Damian Mortimer

 Elucidation of the relationship between calcium and fluoride in groundwaters in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands with a view to developing an appropriate treatment method

Prof John Van Leeuwen, Dr Guna Hewa

Sustainable Environments

Darshika Patel

 What lies beneath? Distribution and bioaccessibility of heavy metals in household carpet dust

Dr Gary Owens, Dr Elliot Duncan 

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

Emma Wannell

 Ideology,rethoric and the development of public ecological consciousness.

Dr Kathryn Davidson, Dr Robert Dyball, Dr Carleton Christensen

Sustainable Environments

Farzana Kastury

Bioaccessibility of potentially harmful elements in airborne particular matter and dust using simulated body fluids

 Assoc. Prof Albert Juhasz, Dr Euan Smith

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Genine Meredith

 Assessing the geospatial literacy of senior secondary geography and earth and environmental students

 Assoc. Prof David Bruce, Prof Paul Sutton, Dr Ian Clark, Mr Malcolm McInerney

Environmental Science

Georgia Pollard

 Different kinds of worth: comparing the food production capabilities and social value of community and home food gardens

 Dr James Ward, Dr Philip Roetman

Environmental Science

Gulliver Conroy

The professional shaping of nanotechnology knowledge: a boundary perspective of communication for environmental risk governance

Prof Enzo Lombi, Assoc Prof Erica Donner, Assoc. Prof Albert Juhasz, Dr Fern Wickson

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

Gurwinder Singh

Mobility and bioavailability of arsenic and cadmium in biochar amended paddy soils

 Prof Ajayan Vinu, Dr Prashant Srivastava, Dr Inyoung Kim, Prof Ravi Naidu

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Hooman Maneshi

Development of analytical methodologies for monitoring engineered nanoparticles in the environment: application of hyphenated ICP-MS approaches coupled with isotope labelling

Dr Gary Owens, Dr Elliott Duncan 

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

James Chan

 Lab in a syringe

Prof Emily Hilder, Prof Michael Breadmore, Dr Ruben Arrua

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 James Plummer

The impact of urbanisation on bird biodiversity

 Assoc Prof David Bruce, Dr Philip Roetman, Prof John Boland

Environmental Science

 Jan Varga

The role of fluid-rock interaction and melt production in intraplate mountain building: The Harts Range, central Australia

Dr Tom Raimondo, Dr Justin Payne, Prof Martin Hand

 Environmental Science

 Jeanette Tan

Development of nanocomposite filtration membranes for water treatment.

Dr Gary Owens, Dr Haolan Xu

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Lily Reid

The Ediacara biota of South Australia: assemblage distributions through space and time

Dr Justin Payne, Assoc. Prof Jim Jago, Prof James Gehling, Dr Diego Garcia-Bellido

Environmental Science

 Lina Shi

Understanding the kinetics and mechanisms of scale formation in single-stream Bayer plants

Dr Jun Li, Andrea Gerson

Environmental Science

Lore Jane Espartero

The link of environmental chemicals in the pathogenesis and in the increasing incidence of prostate cancer in Australia

 Dr Gary Owens, Dr Judy Ford

Environmental Science

Mahdi Ghafourian Boluri Mashhad

Application of active and passive remote sensing for land-use change analysis

 Dr Sharolyn Anderson, Assoc. Prof David Bruce

Geographic Information Science

 Maria Faustorilla

Determination of total petroleum hydrocarbons in soils and sediments through improved analytical techniques

 Assoc Prof Zuliang Chen, Dr Rajarathnam Dharmarajan, Prof Ravi Naidu

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Mark Carey

The relationship between habitat diversity and species diversity in insular environments

 Dr Gunnar Keppel, prof Hugh Possingham, Prof John Boland

 Environmental Science

 Mark Daker

Public open space policy, supply, and population health: a case study of metropolitan Adelaide

Assoc. Prof David Bruce, Dr Johannes Pieters, Dr Neil Coffee, Mr Stuart Boyd

Geographic Information Science

 Mohammadmahdi Alikhani

Scenario modelling of the ecosystem services of a sustainable and desirable future

Dr James Ward, Prof Paul Sutton, Dr Xing Ma

Environmental Science

 Morgan Schebella

The psychological benefits associated with modifiable attributes of natural environments

 Assoc Prof Delene Weber

Sustainable Environments

Muhammad Khan

Comparison of the ecotoxicity of fresh and weathered hydrocarbon contaminated soils using wheat and Australian native grasses

Prof Megh Mallavarapu, Prof Ravi Naidu, Dr Euan Smith

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

Neeraj Verma

 In vivo sampling strategies - development of a robust equilibrium approach

Prof Emily Hilder, Dr Ruben Arrua

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Nicholas Langsford

Techonostratigraphic evolution of the lower Cambrian Hawker Group, west central Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Dr Tom Raimondo, Assoc Prof Jim Jago, Dr Ian Clark

 Environmental Science

 Nina James

Environmental identity in citizen science

Dr Sandra Taylor, Dr Philip Roetman, Dr Belinda Chiera

 Environmental Science

Omerebere Ogbughalu

Microbial population and diversity in passivation mechanisms for pyrite oxidation control in acid mine drainage

Dr Michael Short, Dr Rong Fan, Dr Jun Li

 Environmental Science

 Parwati Sofan

Mapping tropical peatland combustion from satellite remote sensing data

Assoc Prof David Bruce, Dr Eriita Jones,

Environmental Science

 Qing Xiao

Heavy metal accumulation and bioaccessibility in traditional Chinese medicines

Dr Gary Owens, Dr Wei Wang

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

Ricardo Jose Ferreira Neto

Micro-sampling of whole blood and plasma-like fraction collection using porous polymer monolith technology

Prof Emily Hilder, Dr Ruben Arrua

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Ruhaida Rusmin

Modification of palygorskite for remediation of lead contaminated water

Prof Ravi Naidu, Dr Yanju Liu, Dr Ruben Arrua, Dr Binoy Sarkar

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Safa Molan

A study of the application of Immersive Virtual Environments (IVF's) in bushfire preparedness education

 Assoc Prof Delene Weber, Prof Paul Sutton

Environmental Science

 Sanchita Mandal

Biochar’s characteristics and their role for its use in environmental application

Prof Enzo Lombi, Dr Euan Smith, Assoc Prof Erica Donner

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

Sara Thomas

Novel mesoporous material for sample preparation

Prof Emily Hilder, Dr Hans Jurgen, Dr Rick Barber, Sr Ruben Arrua

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Scott Allen

Adelaide Citys cadastre: from its origins to a survey accurate digital cadastral data base

 Assoc Prof David Bruce, Dr Paul Corcoran


 Stephen Blundell

Enhanced degradation of persistent organic pollutants by nanoscale zero-valent iron

Dr Gary Owens, Assoc Prof Albert Juhasz

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Syamsul Hidayat

Investigation of optimisation techniques for multiobjectives operation of  stormwater harvesting schemes

Dr Guna Hewa

Environmental Science

 Thea Read

Efficiency and risk assessment of zinc oxide nonoparticle fertilisers

Prof Enzo Lombi, Prof Jan K Schjoerring, Assoc Prof Erica Donner, Dr Peter Kopittke

 Env Rem Pub Hlth, FII, NBE

 Thi Y Duyen Pham

Development and modelling of advanced coagulation and oxidation process

Prof John Van Leeuwen, Dr Ronald Smernik, Mr Andrew Everson, Prof Chris Chow

 Environmental Science

 Wenjin Xue

Measurement of biodegradable component on NOM in source water and treated water for drinking purpose

Assoc Prof Mary Drikas, Prof John Van Leeuwen, Prof Chris Chow

Sustainable Environments

 Xiayuan Wu

Investigating the factors controlling the abundance and diversity of antibiotic resistance genes in wastewater

Assoc Prof Erica Donner, Prof Chris Saint, Prof Enzo Lombi

Environmental Science and Engineering, FII, NBE

 Yan Zhou

Mechanistic understanding of conditions required to establish and control geochemical passivation of pyrite

Dr Gujie Qian, Dr Michael Short, Dr Jun Li

 Environmental Science



Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC) 


Topic/Thesis Title


Strand / Program

 Adrienne Brotodewo

Establishment of geochemical exploration criteria in mineral phases within basement and cover sequence rock packages

 Dr Caroline Tiddy, Mr Andrian Fabris, Prof Davis Giles

Minerals and Resources, FII, NBE

Chin How Goh

Emissions and carbon sequestration potential of biosolids from bolivar wastewater treatment pland reused in South Australian agricultural operations

 Prof Chris Saint, Dr Michael Short, Prof Nanthi Bolan

Water Engineering

 Eline Baudet

Mineralogy and geochemical footprint of the Bulldog Shale, Eromanga Basin, Australia: A new way to explore under deep cover

 Prof David Giles, Mr Steven Hill, Dr Caroline Tiddy

Minerals and Resources, FII, NBE

Hanna Hegab

Novel approaches toward surface modification and fabrication of functionalized graphene oxide-based thin film nanocomposite membranes for water purification applications

Dr MIlena Ginic Markovic, Prof Linda Zou, Prof Chris Saint 

Water Engineering

 Harsha Sapdhare

Economic analysis of street-scale green infrastructure

Prof Simon Beecham, Prof Randy Stringer, Dr Baden Myers

Water Engineering 

 Hugh Burger

Determination of the reasons for the presence and control of blue-green algae in papermill waste water

Prof John Van Leeuwen, Dr Rosmala Lewis, Mr Marzouk Josef, Dr Guna Hewa, Prof Megh Mallavarapu, Prof David Lewsi 

 Water Engineering

 Ilda Clos

Further investigation and improvement on qualitative performance of permeable pavement and associated technologies in relation to stormwater runoff and associated pollution reduction

Dr Michael Short, Prof Chris Saint, Dr Juan Pablo Alvarez Gaitan

Water Engineering

Jennifer Ayres

Creating artificial floating Island of grass to remediate eutrophic water

 Prof John Van Leeuwen, Dr Rupak Ayral, Dr Rosmala Lewis, Mr Marzouk Josef

Water Engineering

Joel Liffner

 Linking catchment hypsometry to catchment hydrology and climate variability

Dr Guna Hewa, Dr Murray Peel, Dr Mizanur Rahman

Water Engineering

Meena Yadav

Detection of emerging chemical contaminants in wastewater: assessing the effectiveness of treatment technologies and current analytical capabilities

Prof Chris Saint, Dr Michael Short, Dr Rupak Aryal, Dr Cobus Gerber

Water Engineering

 Rosmina Binti Ahmad Bustami

Developing resilient living walls for South Australia

Dr James Ward, Prof Simon Beecham, Dr Rupak Aryal

 Water Engineering

Shivanita Umpathi

Water management and water consumption characteristics of 3 water sources through real time monitoring at a new development representative of future residential living

Prof Simon Beecham, Mr David Pezzanitti, Dr David Whaley

Water Engineering

Veerdhawal Kulkarni

Elucidation of the causes of chemical and biological mediated chloramine decay and potential control mechanisms in water distribution systems

Prof John Van Leeuwen, Prof Chris Chow, Assoc Prof Mary Drikas, Dr John Awad, Dr Ian Clark

Water Engineering

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