Our research supervisors

Professor Julie Mills *
Civil Engineering

research interests

  • Engineering education
  • Women in engineering
  • Steel structures such as transmission towers
  • Cold-formed steel structures
  • Crumb rubber concrete and concrete structures

A/Prof Rameez Rameezdeen *
Construction and Project Management

research interests

  • Construction accidents, health and safety
  • Construction risk management
  • Construction waste management
  • Reverse logistics'
  • Green building evaluation
  • Disaster reconstruction

Professor Peter Teasdale *
Environmental & Geospatial Science

research interests

  • Developing improved environmental sampling and analysis techniques
  • Understanding natural and human-impacted environmental processes
  • Investigating the form and behaviour of environmental contaminants in whole systems

A/Prof James Ward *
Civil Engineering and Environmental & Geospatial Science

 research interests

  • Optimisation of urban food production
  • Integrated aquaculture & horticulture (incl. aquaponics)
  • Hydraulics of pipe systems
  • 'Peak oil' and modelling global resource depletion
  • Greenhouse gas emissions scenarios for climate change modelling

Hear Dr James Ward speak about his research on fossil fuel modeling and climate change.

Dr El Sayed Abd-Elaal
Civl Engineering

research interests

  • wind engineering
  • modelling of structural vulnerabiliity to wind storms and torpical cyclones
  • computationnal fluid dynamics (CFD) mordelling of atmosphere
  • steel towers and stobie poles
  • cold-formed steel structures
  • crumb rubber concrete and composite structures

Dr Faisal Ahammed *
Civil Engineering 

 research interests 

  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Stormwater management
  • Engineering economics
  • Climate change adaptation on water resources
  • Water policy for developing countries
  • Solar energy

Dr Jun Ahn
Construction and Project Management

research interests

  • construction operations and safety research
  • smart built environment
  • organisational issues in construction projects

Dr Guna Hewa Alankarage *
Civil Engineering

research interests

  • Ungauged catchment predictions
  • Flood and Low Flow Hydrology
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
  • Hydrological Losses and Catchment Modelling
  • Reclaimed Water for Irrigation
  • Land-use Change and Climate Change Impacts on Catchment Hydrology

Mr Tom Benn
Civil Engineering

research interests

  • Concrete technology including;
    • Cement and supplementary cementitious materials
    • Concrete materials including aggregates & admixtures
    • Concrete placing and curing
  • Proportioning of concrete mixes
  • Testing of concrete in laboratory and on site
  • Concrete durability
  • Concrete repairs
  • Australian Standards related to concrete, concrete materials, cement & supplementary cementitious materials

Dr Nicholas Chileshe *
Construction and Project Management

 research interests 

  • Total Quality Management
  • Application of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM)
  • Modelling of Critical Success Factors
  • Project Management and Assessment Maturity Models
  • Risk and Value Management
  • Waste Management & Reverse Logistics (Drivers, Practices and Barriers) 

Professor Chris Chow *
Civil Engineering


research interests

  • Water Treatment Technology Development and Full Scale Implementation
  • Water Treatment Process & Distribution System Modelling
  • Advanced Water Quality Monitoring & Process Optimisation (Real-Time Data Analytics)
  • Analytical Chemistry & Sensor Development for Environmental Applications
  • Blue Green Algae Management
  • Natural Organic Matter Characterisation

Dr Jeremy Coggins *
Construction and Project Managment

reserach interests

  • Construction industry payment legislation
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Construction law
  • Construction economics
  • Project procurement

Dr Paul Corcoran
Environmental & Geospatial Science 

 research interests
  • Governmental mapping
  • Governmental surveying
  • Examining barriers and enablers in relation to increasing the use of Spatial Information for novices
  • Flipped and Blended Spatial Information learning
  • Spatial Information Education
  • Spatial Information business issues

Mr John Gelder
Construction and Project Management

 research interests
  • Construction documentation
  • Specification
  • Construction products and materials
  • Classification
  • History of construction documentation
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Dr Reza Hassanli *
Construction and Civil Engineering 

 reserach interests
  • Prestressed concrete
  • Self Centering structures
  • Seismic rehabilitiation of bridges and building
  • Precast concrete
  • Masonry Structures

Ms Jacqueline Jepson *
Construction and Project Management 

reserach interests

  • Risk management
  • Project management
  • Project risk management
  • Financial management
  • Forecasting and Data Analysis
  • Corporate Budgeting and Strategic Planning

A/Prof Albert Juhasz *
Environmental & Geospatial Science - FII

research interests

  • Assessment of conta minated sites
  • Development of (bio)remediation technologies for environmental contaminants
  • Measurement and prediction of human health exposure to environmental contaminants
  • Assessment of contaminant bioavailability using vivo and in vitro techniques
  • Ecological impacts of environmental contamination

Dr Rajibul Karim
Civil Engineering

research interests

  • soft soil engineering and ground improvement
  • soil structure interaction
  • soil atmospheric boundary interaction and climate change
  • biocementation
  • pavement design
  • expansive soils

A/Prof Gunnar Keppel *
Environmental & Geospatial Science 

research interests 

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Climate change refugia
  • Island biogeography
  • Plant community assembly

Dr Konstantinos Kirytopoulos
Construction and Project Management

research interests

  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Standards development
  • Scheduling
  • Decision making
  • Educational techniques

Dr Tony Ma *
Construction and Project Management

reserach interests

  • Innovation in Tendering
  • Project Procurement
  • Cost Control and Value Management
  • Guaranteed Maximum Price Contracting
  • Infrastructure Development & Public Private Partnership
  • Project Management application

Dr Xing Ma *
Civil Engineering

research interests

  • Steel tower and mast structures
  • Long-span structures
  • Thin-skinned composite structures
  • Structural applications of sustainable concrete materials
  • Unilateral contact problems in structural engineering
  • Nonlinear dynamics and wind-induced vibration

Dr Baden Myers *
Civil Engineering

research interests

  • Urban stormwater drainage system design and performance
  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Water harvesting and reuse systems
  • Water resouce management
  • Urban development and land use
  • Flow metering

Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua
Construction and Project Management

research interests

  • Sustainable Construction
  • Regenerative Construction
  • Green Buildings
  • Lean Construction
  • Sustainable Urbanisation
  • Climate Change Adaptation

Dr Timothy O'Leary *
Construction and Project Management 

research interests

  • Development and Feasibility Economics
  • Quantity Surveying and Design Economics
  • Construction Cost Control
  • Residential Energy Performance and Disclosure
  • Housing Industry Economics
  • Housing Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Dr Stefan Peters
Environmental & Geospatial Sciences

research interests

  • use of airborne LiDAR in forestry applications
  • visual analysis of spatio-temporal phenomena
  • 3D reconstrution of historical man-made structures
  • cartographic generalization
  • open source web cartography
  • applied GIS/RS (data modelling, analysis and visualisation) for environmental problems

A/Prof Sophie (Topa) Petit *
Environmental & Geospatial Science

research interests 

  • biodiversity conservation and management
  • wildlife ecology and ethics
  • plant-animal interactions (especially flower visitation and pollination by bats, pygmy-possums, invertebrates)
  • nectar ecology
  • shelter ecology
  • keystone mutualisms

A/Prof Mizanur Rahman *
Civil Engineering

research interests 

  • Liquefaction behaviour of sandy soil, particularly the effect of fines
  • Application of Critical State Soil Mechanics, CSSM
  • Advanced tri-axial testing (stress path control)
  • Discrete element method, DEM
  • Characterization of recycled pavement materials
  • Unsaturated soil mechanics

A/Prof Tom Raimondo *
Environmental & Geospatial Science

research interests

  • Metamorphic geology
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Fluid–rock interaction
  • Tectonics
  • Structural geology
  • Intraplate deformation

Hear Dr Tom Raimondo speak about his research on the mountain belt system in central Australia.

Dr Sekhar Somenahalli *
Civil Engineering

research interests

  • Public Transport Service Planning
  • Ageing and Transport
  • Land use impacts on Transport
  • Transport Network Vulnerability
  • Road Safety
  • GIS applications in planning and environmental studies

Professor John van Leeuwen *
Civil Engineering 

research interests

  • Water and wastewater quality
  • Water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Modelling of water and wastewater treatment
  • Catchment factors and processes that impact on water quality

Mr Anthony Wood
Construction and Project Management 

research interests

  • Project and Program Management
  • Project Planning and Delivery
  • Project Management Office
  • Project Methodologies and Maturity Models
  • Team Leadership
  • Stakeholder Management

Professor Yan Zhuge *
Civil Engineering


research interests

  • Fibre composite structures
  • Sustainable construction materials
  • Fibre reinforced cementitious composite (FRCC) materials
  • Retrofitting of concrete and masonry structures using FRP
  • Crumb rubber concrete and concrete structures


NBERC adjunct researchers

Adjunct A/Prof David Bruce *
Environmental & Geospatial Science


research interests

  • Use of high spatial resolution imagery in urban and vegetation studies
  • Us of polarimetric SAR for assessment of vegetation and soil properties
  • Use of airborne LiDAR in forestry applications

Current PhD topics
Remote sensing of desert vegetation
Remote sensing wetlands
Modelling of atmospheric dust
Use of remote sensing in policy administration
Urban biodiversity and urban density modelling
Geospatial literacy of senior secondary school students
Mapping tropical peatland combustion from satellite remote sensing data

Dr Don Cameron
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Civil Engineering

research interests

  • Identification of expansive clay and collapsing silty sand
  • Footing design for problem soils
  • Water demand of trees and associated soil settlement
  • Thermal properties of soils
  • Characterization of recycled C&D waste for pavement construction
  • Additives and processes for in-situ recycling of flexible pavements

Adjunct A/Prof Ian Clark *
Environmental & Geospatial Science

 research interests

  • Groundwater in fractured rocks
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Sustainable management of groundwater
  • Geoscience Education
  • Sustainability

Adjunct A/Prof David Ness *
Natural and Built Environments
Research Centre

research interests

  • Pro-poor infrastructure
  • Resource efficiency
  • Systems and synergies
  • Product-service innovation
  • Strategic asset management
  • Collaboration with Asia
Adjunct Dr Sandra Taylor
Environmental & Geospatial Science


 research interests
  • urban biodiversity conservation and restoration
  • urban wildlife management
  • ecotourism
  • environmental history
  • citizen science
  • Australian nature writing

Dr Wen Long Yue *
Adjunct Senior Lecturer - Civil Engineering 

 research interests 

  • Land use transport planning
  • Transport systems modelling
  • Public transport operation and scheduling
  • Traffic impact assessment
  • Traffic signal evaluations
  • Road safety engineering
  • Road safety audit
  • Logistics operation, management and planning

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