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Associate Professor Graham Brewer

Associate Professor

School of Architecture and Built Environment (Construction Management (Building))

construction management

Dr Graham Brewer's research is characterised by his interest in three key areas relating to innovation: innovation by individual firms; innovation across project teams; and the sociological influences on innovation.

Associate Professor Graham BrewerA recent article for Construction Management and Economics journal, for example, examines whether a better understanding of innovation processes might lead to productivity improvements. It concluded that, for construction SMEs, a development mode of innovation manifested in conscious cognitive routines and functional/integrative organisational routines appears significant. Another paper examines the take-up of electronic information and communication technology such as web-based project management applications to mitigate the logistical challenges faced by construction firms in regional areas. It found that the attitudes of a firm's decision makers and the firm's culture impact on ICT-mediated innovation.

Another of Dr Brewer's major areas of research interest involves the pedagogy underpinning the design and delivery of construction management courses. His interest lies particularly in employing constructive alignment – a union between constructivism and instructional design – as a conceptual framework to drive the design and delivery of a construction management program using blended delivery mode.

Using his sociological methodology expertise, Dr Brewer was chief investigator in a team that investigated attitudes and behaviours in consumer spaces with the aim of quantifying the benefits of sustainable retail environments.

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Associate Professor Graham Brewer

construction management

Dr Graham Brewer’s research is characterised by his interest in three key areas relating to innovation: innovation by individual firms; innovation across projec

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Graham J Brewer is an Associate Professor in Construction Management at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he was first appointed at the end of 1999. He is currently Director: Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research. Between 2010-2013 he was Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment, and was previously Head of Discipline, Building. During this time he has undertaken various administrative roles at School, Faculty, and University level, and is currently a member of Academic Senate. Graham Brewer graduated with his Doctorate in 2008. This work embodied the characteristics of his research, which fall broadly into three categories: Innovation by individual firms. This work has taken three forms: firstly, enabling the individual firm to benchmark itself against sector-leading enterprises in terms of technology and capability; secondly, identifying strengths and weaknesses in its capability profile, and lastly; performance testing of project portal applications for fit with enterprise objectives. The first two were commercialised by the Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation (CRC-CI) and the third was undertaken as commissioned consultancy work. Innovation across project teams. The key output in this regard was a series of four Best Practice guides and a fifth companion volume published as e-books by the CRC-CI. This work attracted the attention of "Constructing Excellence" in the UK, who negotiated with the CRC-CI for inclusion of its metrics in their own benchmarking mechanism. Sociological influences on Innovation. In the wake of completing the previous two bodies of research it was apparent that there was a gulf between the stated preferences and intentions of enterprise leaders in relation to ICT and their subsequent actions. This spawned Dr Brewer's doctoral research, which looked at the attitudes and behaviours of ICT decision-makers in the AEC sector, revealing a raft of boundedly rational influences on decision-making, resulting in the first comprehensive map of the ICT decision domain. his dissertation subsequently received three research awards: Australian Institute of Building NSW President’s Award for Excellence in Research; The Chartered Institute of Building Australasia Excellent Building Postgraduate (Research) Award (PhD), and; Post Graduate Research Award: School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle. The previous three areas of excellence in research have led him to be sought out by industry leaders in order to advise on issues related to the advent of disruptive technologies such as building information modelling. Over the last two years he has undertaken commissioned research for the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board and others in relation to disruptive innovation. As an educator the quality of Graham Brewer's teaching has been recognised with multiple nominations and awards, culminating in an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2008. Dr Brewer's ongoing community-based commitments include: Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building, its Professional Excellence and University Accreditation Panels;external examiner for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors: Oceania; New South Wales Board of Studies Curriculum Review Panel for the Built Environment (University Sector representative). He has participated in external reviews for multiple university departments and research centres, as well as Cooperative Research Centres.

Research Expertise
Professional Education: Supporting the transition to PBL Integrating and assessing the development of metacognitive skills Learning contracts Developing and assessing teamwork skills On-line delivery of undergraduate programmes ICT in the Construction Industry Benchmarking the use of IT in the construction industry Measuring the Critical Success Factors for the implementation of ICT across project teams Sustainability in the Built Environment: Design for Disassembly Urban Sustainability: ageing in place Innovative funding mechanisms for infrastructure

Teaching Expertise
Subjects including: " Construction Technology " Construction Business Management " Strategic management " Construction Project Planning " Industrial relations " Alternative Dispute Resolution " Public-Private Partnerships " Design for the environment " Life Cycle Assessment Problem-Based Learning " Learning design " Teamwork " Peer assessment " Self-assessment Reflective Practice " Learning design " Reflective self-assessment " Reflective writing Blended Delivery " Learning design " Blackboard Innovative Assessment " Learning contracts

Administrative Expertise
Faculty IT Committee 1999-2001 Faculty Marketing Committee 1999-2001 Discipline Marketing Coordinator 2001-2005 " 3 x marketing campaigns(8 Ball, Mass mail out, and Tasmania mail out) Discipline Scholarship Coordinator 2000-2003 " 2 x UNISS sponsors (Lahey, JML) " WT Partnership 3rd year scholarship Faculty Marketing Committee 2005-2007 Blackboard User Group Member 2002-2004 Faculty Appeals Committee 2005-2007 Faculty Curriculum Teaching and Learning Committee 2005-2006 Deputy Director, Centre for Infrastructure and Property 2003-2005 Convenor AUBEA2004 Conference Newcastle Conference Ambassador Student Academic Conduct Officer 2007 --

Collaborations
Dr Graham Brewer's research is largely characterised by leadership of, or participation in collaborative research teams. During the life of the Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation (CRC-CI) he led two projects worth nearly $300,000, investigating issues associated with the uptake of ICT in the construction sector, and a further four projects worth over $160,000 also connected with the sociology of ICT uptake and knowledge management. Concurrently he led two taskforces funded by the Construction Industry Institute of Australia (CIIA), yet again investigating the softer issues associated with new technology in the sector. Graham Brewer was a Chief Investigator in a multidisciplinary team on a successful ARC Linkage Grant ($220,000) that utilised his sociological methodology expertise to investigate attitudes and behaviours in consumer spaces, with a view to quantifying the benefits of sustainable retail environments. He has also received upwards of $50,000 to develop a multimedia teaching module in collaboration with the members of his Discipline group.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Certificate in Further Education, Jordanhill College of Education, Scotland
  • Master of Science (Engineering, Design of Build), University of Paisley - Scotland

Keywords

  • Attitudes, behavious and project team culture
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Construction business management
  • Construction technology
  • Innovation
  • Post-disaster recovery and resilience
  • Project Procurement & Governance
  • Project planning
  • Sustainable design and building

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120299Building not elsewhere classified85
090599Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified10
099999Engineering not elsewhere classified5

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
1/01/2011 - 30/11/2011Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1996 - 1/11/1999Deputy Head of SchoolJames Watt College of Further and Higher Education
School of Construction
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Membership - Chartered Institute of BuildingChartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Australia

Awards

Recognition

YearAward
1995University Court medal
University of Paisley
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Brewer GJ, Innovation and Attitude in the Construction Industry: Understanding ICT Decision-Making in Individual Firms and Temporary Project Organisations, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 346 (2009) [A1]
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Developing ICT Agility for Subcontractors in Project Teams, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 41 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Client Leadership of ICT Integration in Project Teams, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 38 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Head Contractors Driving ICT in Project Teams, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 25 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Consultants Adding Value Through ICT in Project Teams, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 45 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Critical Success Factors for ICT Integration in the Australian Construction Industry, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 20 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Zakaria SAS, Brewer G, Gajendran T, 'Decision Making of Industrialized Building System: A Supply Chain Perspective on the Influence of Behavioral Economic Factors', IAENG Transactions on Engineering Technologies: Special Volume of the World Congress on Engineering 2012, Springer, Amsterdam 767-779 (2013) [B1]
DOI10.1007/978-94-007-6190-2_58Author URL
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran

Journal article (34 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Williams AP, Ostwald M, Brewer G, Le Goff R, 'Sustainable Retail Spaces: Establishing the Profile of the ¿Green¿ Population', Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extra-Urban Studies, 4 77-90 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Michael Ostwald
2014Gajendran T, Brewer G, Gudergan S, Sankaran S, 'Deconstructing dynamic capabilities: The role of cognitive and organizational routines in the innovation process', Construction Management and Economics, 32 246-261 (2014) [C1]

A better understanding of innovation processes might lead to productivity improvements. By focusing on a specific, economically relevant sector (construction) and on a specific type of firm (small to medium-sized enterprises, SMEs), the dynamic capabilities framework is extended by clarifying the roles of cognitive and organizational routines in organizational innovation processes. Insights generated from an in-depth case study of a medium-sized construction firm reveal that dynamic capabilities might diminish the relevance of an explicit innovation focus, because such capabilities have the potential to trigger emergent, incremental innovations. Accordingly, for construction SMEs, a development, rather than research, mode of innovation appears relatively more critical, as manifested in conscious cognitive routines and functional/integrative organizational routines. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

DOI10.1080/01446193.2013.845306
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsSiggi Gudergan, Thayaparan Gajendran
2014Jefferies M, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Using a case study approach to identify critical success factors for alliance contracting', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 21 465-480 (2014) [C1]

Purpose-There has been a significant increase in the use of relationship contracting in the global construction industry, with strategies such as Partnering, Alliancing and Public-Private Partnerships all used. These approaches were introduced to the Australian construction industry in the 1990s in an attempt to overcome the adversarial nature of traditional contracting methods. The purpose of this paper is to investigate factors that influence the successful implementation of Project Alliancing by means of a case study approach focusing on the procurement of a large water treatment plant. The research findings identify critical success factors (CSFs) both from literature and the case study project.

DOI10.1108/ECAM-01-2012-0007
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Marcus Jefferies
2014Brewer GJ, Brewer GJ, 'Evaluating the Impact of a Reinforcement Location Device on Quality and Productivity during Construction of Reinforced Blockwork Walls', The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, 4 44-51 (2014) [C1]
2014Brewer GJ, Parkinson L, Tucker C, Landorf C, 'Socially sustainable suburbia: Linking neighbourhood characteristics to health outcomes in an ageing population', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, 8 1-18 (2014)
Co-authorsChris Tucker, L Parkinson
2014Williams T, Ostwald M, Brewer G, Le Goff R, 'Sustainable Retail Spaces: Establishing the Profile of the ¿Green¿ Population', Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extra-Urban Studies, 4 77-90 (2014)
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Tony Williams
2014Brewer GJ, Parkinson L, Tucker C, Landorf C, 'Socially sustainable suburbia: Linking neighbourhood characteristics to health outcomes in an ageing population', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, 8 1-18 (2014) [C1]

With populations ageing across the developed world, there is increasing interest in the impact of the urban environment on the capacity of people to age in place. This is a significant issue not only for the quality of life of older people but also for the longer-term sustainability of cities and neighbourhoods. This paper presents findings from a cross-disciplinary pilot research study that addresses the link between health in older Australians and urban sustainability. The paper details a unique neighbourhood assessment method that explores associations between subjective and objective measures of neighbourhood characteristics and health for community dwelling people aged 55 years and over. The results reveal that health is a major pre-occupation for the study group but social interaction and the built environment are major influences on quality of life. It is anticipated that the pilot study will lead to the development of guidelines for the design of sustainable urban environments that respond to the health needs of an increasingly diverse ageing population.

Co-authorsChris Tucker, L Parkinson
2013Gajendran T, Brewer G, Marimuthu M, 'Internationalisation of construction business and E-commerce: Innovation, integration and dynamic capabilities', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 13 1-17 (2013) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2013Brewer G, Gajendran T, Runeson G, 'ICT & innovation: A case of integration in a regional construction firm', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 13 24-36 (2013) [C1]

Construction firms in regional areas face considerable challenges to their competitiveness. Logistics, availability of suitable personnel, unfamiliarity with trading partners, and the tyranny of distance conspire to obstruct profitable engagement beyond their local area. Electronic information and communication technology (ICT) such as web-based project management applications and other forms of collaborative data sharing have the potential to mitigate many of these obstacles, but have yet to gain widespread acceptance, particularly by smaller regional firms who question their cost effectiveness. The attitudes of decision-makers and the impact of their decisions on intra- and inter-firm culture lie at the heart of ICT-mediated innovation. This paper presents a case study of a specialist subcontractor located in regional New South Wales and its involvement in a New Zealand project, whose competitiveness arose from using ICT to integrate its own supply chain. It also provided additional value by triggering collaboration and integration in the broader project team. The case reveals that these outcomes were symptomatic of the organisational culture of the subcontractor, and were achieved through a combination of leadership, collaboration, flexibility and pragmatism, redolent of dynamic capabilities.

CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2013Brewer G, McVeigh A, Von Meding JK, 'An evaluation of the usefulness of actor network theory in understanding the complexities of vulnerability and resilience in post-disaster reconstruction', International Journal of Architectural Research, 7 80-92 (2013) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsJason Vonmeding
2013Brewer G, Gajendran T, Jefferies M, McGeorge D, Rowlinson S, Dainty A, 'Value through innovation in long-term service delivery: Facility management in an Australian PPP', Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 3 74-88 (2013) [C1]

Purpose: Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other innovative procurement mechanisms are frequently used to deliver both an asset and a public service over a protracted period. The value streams to the parties involved can be complex, but generally arise from the satisfactory provision of infrastructure that is fit for purpose throughout its life. This research aims to investigate the effectiveness of the facility management (FM) function in delivering long-term value to both the client and consortium. Design/methodology/approach: This paper describes a case study of a PPP in Australia that delivered social infrastructure in multiple locations to a state government. Drawing upon multiple perspectives from within the consortium, it utilises inductive principles to identify the influences on value generation through innovation by the FM function. Findings: The ability of an Australian FM contractor to provide value within a PPP context has been shown to reflect some of the attributes described in literature. However, the extent of innovation, especially in the design and construction phases, has been limited by organisational history and capability, and relational and contextual issues. Originality/value: This research highlights a flaw in the rhetoric relating to PPP delivery, namely the disconnection between the asset delivery and service delivery phases, which stifles the consortium's capacity to innovate and maximise value. It reveals a set of influences that both resonate with the literature and plausibly explain the suboptimal performance of the FM function within an Australian PPP. By using highly iterative analysis leading to within-case generalisability, it provides a robust basis for wider investigation of the problem. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI10.1108/BEPAM-03-2012-0008
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Marcus Jefferies
2013Askland HH, Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Project organizations as organizational fields: expanding the level of analysis through Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Practice', Engineering Project Organization Journal, 3 116-126 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1080/21573727.2013.768986Author URL
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Hedda Askland
2013Williams AP, Brewer G, Ostwald M, Le Goff R, 'Profiling consumer attitudes to retail spaces: Shopping centres as 'place'', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies, 7 41-52 (2013) [C1]

This paper identifies and describes shoppers' attitudes and behaviours in relation to retail environments. It maps the profiles of shoppers, identifying significant changes, including the growth of mixed development and 'green' retailing. The literature is used to identify and define the attitudes and behaviours that characterise shoppers' interaction with Australian shopping malls. These are then used to inform the design and conduct of research involving eight focus groups of consumers in two tightly defined geographical areas. Each investigation is analysed using appropriate qualitative or quantitative techniques and the results thereafter interpreted and explained. Results show that there are significant differences in shoppers' attitudes to retail experiences and the spaces in which they occur. These vary according to gender, age, level of household income, occupation and level of education. Moreover, these differences are interrelated, rendering their implications for retailers similarly complex. This paper proposes that designs of retail spaces are only economically justifiable if they provide an acceptable mix of experiences for the full range of consumers using them. Understanding the complex interplay between the expectations of the various consumer groups and their consequent requirements is central to decision-making in this regard. This research is part of a larger study, believed to be the first critical analysis of Australian consumer attitudes towards retail spaces in terms of demographic groups. The ideas presented in this study could have wide-reaching possibilities for empirical studies on the socio-cultural role of malls, outside of Australia. © Common Ground, Anthony Philip Williams, Graham Brewer , Michael Ostwald, Raichel Le Goff, All Rights Reserved.

Co-authorsTony Williams, Michael Ostwald
2012Jefferies MC, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Schubert A, Rowlinson S, 'Procurement innovation: Using project alliancing in the provision of Indigenous social housing', Contact Australasia: Innovation in Construction, 21-24 (2012) [C3]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Marcus Jefferies
2012Brewer GJ, Strahorn SM, 'Trust and the project management body of knowledge', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 19 286-305 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
2012Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Attitudes, behaviours and the transmission of cultural traits: Impacts on ICT/BIM use in a project team', Construction Innovation, 12 198-215 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Cultural consciousness and the effective implementation of information and communication technology', Construction Innovation, 12 179-197 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Dainty A, Runeson G, 'A conceptual approach to studying the organisational culture of construction projects', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 12 1-26 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 5
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2012Syed Zakaria SA, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Contextual factors in the decision making of industrialized building system technology', International Journal of Civil, Architectural, Structural and Construction Engineering, 6 34-42 (2012) [C2]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Collaboration in public sector projects: Unearthing the contextual challenges posed in project environments', Engineering Project Organization Journal, 2 112-126 (2012) [C1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2011Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Runeson G, Dainty A, 'Investigating informality in construction: Philosophy, paradigm and practice', The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 11 84-98 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2011Brewer GJ, 'Review - Martin Loosemore and Florence Phua, Responsible corporate strategy in construction and engineering. Doing the right thing?', The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 11 61 (2011) [C3]
2011Brewer GJ, '[Book Review] Responsible corporate strategy in construction and engineering. Doing the right thing?', The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 11 61 (2011) [C3]
2011Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Attitudinal, behavioural, and cultural impacts on e-business use in a project team: A case study', Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 16 637-652 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2009Brewer GJ, Runeson G, 'Innovation and attitude: Mapping the profile of ICT decision-makers in architectural, engineering and construction firms', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 2 599-610 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1108/17538370910991179
2009Brewer GJ, Williams AP, 'Fostering transdisciplinary approaches to design and the environment', Journal of the World Universities Forum, 2 29-38 (2009) [C1]
Co-authorsTony Williams
2009Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Evaluating the impact of transdisciplinary problem-based learning on student attitude to design and the environment', The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 1 55-70 (2009) [C1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2009Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Emerging ICT trends in construction project teams: A Delphi survey', ITcon Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 14 81-97 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2008Landorf CM, Brewer GJ, Sheppard LA, 'The urban environment and sustainable ageing: Critical issues and assessment indicators', Local Environment, 13 497-514 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1080/13549830802259896
CitationsScopus - 5
2008Brewer GJ, Mooney J, 'A best practice policy for recycling and reuse in building', Engineering Sustainability, 161 173-180 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1680/ensu.2008.161.3.17
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2008Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Landorf CM, Williams AP, 'Educating for urban sustainability: A transdisciplinary approach', Engineering Sustainability, 161 185-193 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1680/ensu.2008.161.3.185
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Tony Williams
2007Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Integration of information and communication technology: Influence of the cultural environment', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 14 532-549 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1108/09699980710829003
CitationsScopus - 10
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'IT uptake and integration across a temporary project organisation in the construction industry', Journal of Cases on Information Technology, 8 11-23 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.4018/jcit.2006070102
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2004Williams AP, Mackee J, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Motivation to Engage: Piloting Assessment Techniques to Encourage Student Engagement', The International Journal of Construction Management, 4 27-37 (2004) [C1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Jamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran
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Conference (84 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Giggins H, Von Meding J, Gajendran T, MacKee J, Brewer G, 'The negative impact of media and socio-political influence on disaster reconstruction and resilience', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

The construction sector has an important role to play in the future creation of a more resilient built environment. The restoration of and design of new community infrastructure in the wake of major disasters can provide opportunities to reduce future threats and hazards in the built environment. However, there are often competing interests involved and these sociopolitical factors may result in a lack of transparency and fairness around decision-making processes. It has been previously documented that reconstruction efforts can be unduly impacted by misguided political and economic pressures to get communities 'back on their feet' quickly. Large scale disasters, particularly where there has been significant loss of life, tend to trigger intense media scrutiny and public expectation for rapid response and recovery. Particularly where there has been a large public fund-raising effort, both victims and donors often feel a stronger sense of attachment to the immediate recovery efforts in effected communities. The resulting media scrutiny and public pressure, real or perceived, on politicians to make quick decisions in relation to the reconstruction of community built infrastructure can lead to knee-jerk announcements regarding reconstruction plans that do not consider the longer-term sustainability and resilience of a community. In non-urban, or regional, communities the impact of poor political decisions can become even more pronounced. This paper will present analysis from semi-structured interviews conducted with stakeholders involved in the reconstruction after the 'Black Saturday' fires that occurred in regional Victoria, Australia, in early 2009.

Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Helen Giggins, Thayaparan Gajendran, Jason Vonmeding
2014Giggins H, Von Meding J, Gajendran T, MacKee J, Brewer G, 'The negative impact of media and socio-political influence on disaster reconstruction and resilience', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

The construction sector has an important role to play in the future creation of a more resilient built environment. The restoration of and design of new community infrastructure in the wake of major disasters can provide opportunities to reduce future threats and hazards in the built environment. However, there are often competing interests involved and these sociopolitical factors may result in a lack of transparency and fairness around decision-making processes. It has been previously documented that reconstruction efforts can be unduly impacted by misguided political and economic pressures to get communities 'back on their feet' quickly. Large scale disasters, particularly where there has been significant loss of life, tend to trigger intense media scrutiny and public expectation for rapid response and recovery. Particularly where there has been a large public fund-raising effort, both victims and donors often feel a stronger sense of attachment to the immediate recovery efforts in effected communities. The resulting media scrutiny and public pressure, real or perceived, on politicians to make quick decisions in relation to the reconstruction of community built infrastructure can lead to knee-jerk announcements regarding reconstruction plans that do not consider the longer-term sustainability and resilience of a community. In non-urban, or regional, communities the impact of poor political decisions can become even more pronounced. This paper will present analysis from semi-structured interviews conducted with stakeholders involved in the reconstruction after the 'Black Saturday' fires that occurred in regional Victoria, Australia, in early 2009.

Co-authorsJason Vonmeding, Helen Giggins, Jamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran
2014Brewer G, Giggins H, Von Meding J, Mackee J, Gajendran T, 'Understanding the role of human and nonhuman actants in post-disaster contexts: A tentative deployment of Actor Network Theory to evaluate its usefulness', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

In the aftermath of disasters attention naturally focuses on the impacts humans experience during rescue, recovery and rebuilding. Resilient outcomes are desirable but by no means guaranteed, and the consequences are usually attributed to the actions of humans. In a novel deployment this research uses an Actor Network Theory (ANT) lens to reanalyse case study data from three disaster theatres. It reveals the impact of nonhuman actants upon human actants, and their consequences for recovery efforts and resilience outcomes. In particular it exposes the potential economic retardation that food aid can inflict on fragile societies; the value of coherent policies and processes for resilient reconstruction in highly structured societies, and; the mixed blessings arising from the presence of TV cameras in disaster theatres. It concludes that using an ANT lens sensitises researchers to the influences that nonhuman actants can exert in dynamic post-disaster contexts, but that the use of purist ANT approach to solving problems within disaster theatres is not a practical proposition.

Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Jason Vonmeding, Helen Giggins, Thayaparan Gajendran
2014Brewer G, Giggins H, Von Meding J, Mackee J, Gajendran T, 'Understanding the role of human and nonhuman actants in post-disaster contexts: A tentative deployment of Actor Network Theory to evaluate its usefulness', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

In the aftermath of disasters attention naturally focuses on the impacts humans experience during rescue, recovery and rebuilding. Resilient outcomes are desirable but by no means guaranteed, and the consequences are usually attributed to the actions of humans. In a novel deployment this research uses an Actor Network Theory (ANT) lens to reanalyse case study data from three disaster theatres. It reveals the impact of nonhuman actants upon human actants, and their consequences for recovery efforts and resilience outcomes. In particular it exposes the potential economic retardation that food aid can inflict on fragile societies; the value of coherent policies and processes for resilient reconstruction in highly structured societies, and; the mixed blessings arising from the presence of TV cameras in disaster theatres. It concludes that using an ANT lens sensitises researchers to the influences that nonhuman actants can exert in dynamic post-disaster contexts, but that the use of purist ANT approach to solving problems within disaster theatres is not a practical proposition.

Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Jason Vonmeding, Thayaparan Gajendran, Helen Giggins
2014Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Conceptualising e-business models for SMEs in the AEC sector: A product and services perspective', International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, Sri Lanka (2014) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2014Strahorn S, Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Experiences of trust in construction project management: The influence of procurement mechanisms', Proceedings 30th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2014 (2014) [E1]

Trust is a key element in the project manager's toolkit, and fostering trust in a project team is often critical to the project's outcome. Literature suggests that relational procurement mechanisms underpinned by "pain-share/gain-share" principles ought to increase levels of trust between project participants as compared to traditionally procured projects, yet little related research exists. Using "trust as a phenomenon" as the philosophical point of departure the intricacies of trust formation and maintenance are explored in these contexts. A framework of trust-related personal attributes, attitudes and behaviours is used to analyse a series of 15 detailed interviews with multiple representatives from construction and client organisations. Preliminary findings identify: participants' desire for trust in projects; widespread absence of strategies for trust building, maintenance and repair; adversarial dispute resolution as the default; poor project team member selection. Widely valued traits in trading partners include open and honest communication; technical competence; fairness; integrity; honesty, and; benevolence. Where disputation has occurred trust repair skills appear to be rare. Positive pre-existing relationships are reported as the antidote for many project ills. Differences in the perception of trust variables associated with procurement context are identified: superficially surprising and counter-intuitive, they reveal pan-procurement principles for trust-based project success.

Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2014Maund K, Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Examining the barriers to successful onsite construction environmental management operations', Proceedings 30th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2014 (2014) [E1]

With the introduction of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and subsequent legislative regulations throughout Australia, effective environmental management across the construction sector should occur. In reality, construction operations continue to have detrimental environmental impacts. Within New South Wales the primary legislation governing development control, for the purpose of ESD, has produced a complex legislative system that its ability to achieve the objectives of environmental protection remains questionable. Large scale development projects may evoke need for associated environmental regulatory controls; however, such rules are generally not applicable to small and medium scale developments. Yet, these types of projects make up a significant amount of the development market and collectively a major contribution to detrimental environmental impacts. Given each construction project is unique, the application of complex regulatory controls may result in notably different levels of environmental protection between developments. Inconsistency may be seen with regulatory interpretation, implementation, monitoring and associated processes of enforcement. Using a systemic lens this research linked the efficacy of regulation, monitoring, and information flow to explain variability in the outcomes of onsite environmental management operations. The paper reports preliminary findings of a two stage qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews with key project stakeholders (e.g. government regulatory officers, construction managers) and case study examination of four medium scale development projects. Using a phenomenological coding approach, preliminary analysis identified a number of themes that impact effective onsite environmental management including: environmental interpretation and assessment, compliance and enforcement, external influences, collaboration and engagement.

Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Kim Maund
2014Gajendran T, Tang P, Brewer G, Hilaire T, 'A pedagogical framework for conceptualising the design and delivery of construction management courses through ¿constructive alignment¿', International Conference on Construction in a Changing World 2014 Proceedings, Sri Lanka (2014) [E1]
Author URL
Co-authorsPatrick Tang, Thayaparan Gajendran
2014Brewer G, Giggins H, von Meding J, Mackee J, Gajendran T, 'Mixed Messages: Tacit Communication Emanating from Non-human Actants in Disaster Contexts', Procedia Economics and Finance (2014) [E1]
DOI10.1016/S2212-5671(14)00971-X
Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Jason Vonmeding, Thayaparan Gajendran, Helen Giggins
2014Bille R, Maund K, Brewer G, Smith S, 'Extending Building Information Models into Game Engines', IE2014 Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interactive Entertainment, Newcaslte, Australia (2014) [E1]
DOI10.1145/2677758.2677764
Co-authorsKim Maund, Shamus Smith
2014Forino G, von Meding J, Brewer G, Gajendran T, 'Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Policy in Australia', Procedia Economics and Finance (2014) [E1]
DOI10.1016/S2212-5671(14)00965-4
Co-authorsJason Vonmeding, Thayaparan Gajendran
2013Gajendran T, Mackee Jamie, Brewer Graham, Giggins Helen', Le Goff Raichel, 'Organising the management of disaster recovery and construction: A built environment perspective', International Conference on Building Resilience: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Jamie Mackee, Helen Giggins
2013Maund K, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'The influence of legislation upon on-site construction environmental management operations: A qualitative analysis', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, University of Auckland (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Kim Maund
2013Hilaire T, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Sustainable residential aged care: The influence of environment on carer work satisfaction and stress', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, Auckland, NZ (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2013von Meding J, Le Goff R, Brewer G, MacKee J, Gajendran T, Crick S, 'Defining a research agenda for slow-onset disaster research in the Hunter Region, NSW', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2013) [E1]
Author URL
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Jason Vonmeding, Jamie Mackee
2013Brewer G, Gajendran T, Hilaire T, 'ICT-mediated project team collaboration and issues of trust: An actor network theory perspective', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, University of Auckland (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2013Jefferies MC, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Public Private Partnerships: The Provision of Healthcare Infrastructure in Australia', Proceedings of the 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, Reading, UK (2013) [E1]
Author URL
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Marcus Jefferies
2013Strahorn S, Brewer Graham, Gajendran T, 'Mechanisms of trust and trust repair in relational contracting: a multiple perspective investigation of Alliance projects', Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society, Brisbane, QLD (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2013Gajendran T, Brewer Graham, Jefferies M, Scott Strahorn, 'An evaluation of philosophical disposition and operational reality of 'alliances': the risk-trust perspective', 2013 RICS Cobra, New Delhi, India (2013) [E1]
Author URL
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies, Thayaparan Gajendran
2013Brewer Graham, Gajendran T, Andrew Dainty, 'Exploitation, exploration and innovation in small-medium sized enterprises', 2013 RICS Cobra, New Delhi, India (2013) [E1]
Author URL
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2013Gajendran T, Mackee J, Brewer G, Giggins HP, Le Goff R, 'The impact of governance: Collision of the social and political dimensions on sustainable post disaster redevelopment', Resilience: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran, Helen Giggins
2012Askland HH, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Project organisations as organisational fields: An exploration of construction projects through Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Practice', Working Paper Proceedings. Engineering Project Organizations Conference, Rheden, The Netherlands (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Hedda Askland
2012Brewer GJ, Jefferies MC, Gajendran T, McGeorge WD, Rowlinson S, Dainty A, 'Value generation and delivery in long-term service concession projects: The role of facility management in value optimisation', Delivering Value to the Community. Proceedings of CIB W070, W092 and TG72 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Marcus Jefferies
2012Manderson AD, Brewer GJ, 'Developing a conceptual framework of BIM integration legal issues - A preliminary investigation', Abstracts. Australasian Universities Building Educators Association. 37th AUBEA International Conference, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
2012Maund KA, Brewer GJ, 'Influences of government regulation on environmental outcomes of on-site construction operations: Developing the conceptual framework', Proceedings. Australasian Universities Building Educators Association. 37th AUBEA International Conference, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsKim Maund
2012Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Le Goff RA, 'Contextualising innovation in construction firms in regional areas', Proceedings of 28th Annual ARCOM conference, Edinburgh, UK (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2012Jefferies MC, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Procuring Indigenous social housing in Australia: A case study of the Project Alliance Approach', RICS COBRA 2012. Proceedings of the Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies, Thayaparan Gajendran
2012Maund KA, Brewer GJ, 'Understanding the influences that generate environmental outcomes of building projects: Developing the theoretical framework', RICS COBRA 2012. Proceedings of the Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsKim Maund
2012Manderson AD, Brewer GJ, Jefferies MC, 'A taxonomy of the legal and contractual issues related to Building Information Modelling integration', RICS COBRA 2012. Proceedings of the Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies
2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Innovating assimilation process: The role of client lead in fostering effective information flows in contruction management supply chains', Conference Proceedings Joint CIB International Symposium of W055, WO65, WO89, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 and TG84: International Congress on Construction Management Research, Montreal, Canada (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2012Gajendran T, Askland HH, Dainty A, Brewer GJ, 'Cognitive interests, epistemological space and aspirational identity: How does identity form part of construction?', Conference Proceedings Joint CIB International Symposium of W055, WO65, WO89, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 and TG84: International Congress on Construction Management Research, Montreal, Canada (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsHedda Askland, Thayaparan Gajendran
2012Syed Zakaria SA, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Behavioural economics perspective in exploring the decision making of industrialised building systems in Malaysia', Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering, London, UK (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2011Gajendran T, Mackee J, Brewer GJ, 'Agile construction supply chains for disaster resilience: A theoretical review', Proceedings International Conference on Building Resilience 2011, Kandalama, Sri Lanka (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran
2011Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Runeson G, Dainty A, 'Research methodologies for studying the informal aspects in construction project organizations', Proceedings of the International Conference on Management and Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment MISBE2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2011Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Building information modelling and the culture of construction project teams: A case study', Proceedings of the International Conference on Management and Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment MISBE2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2011Gajendran T, Marimuthu M, Brewer GJ, Ratnam M, 'The internationalisation of construction business through e-commerce: A theoretical evaluation', Proceedings of the International Construction Business & Management Symposium 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2011Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Runeson G, 'Building information modelling and construction project team integration: A case of theory and practice', Proceedings of the International Construction Business & Management Symposium 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2011Syed Zakaria SA, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Psychology in the decision making of Industrialised Building Systems (IBS): A field of application', Proceedings of the 1st Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences (ACP 2011), Osaka, Japan (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2011Brewer GJ, Askew LE, Williams AP, 'Evaluating change in students' environmental values: The impact of environmental learning in undergraduate design courses', Proceedings of the 36th Australasian University Building Educators Association (AUBEA) Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams
2010Parkinson L, Tucker CC, Brewer GJ, Leigh L, Landorf C, 'Ageing and neighbourhood: Linking indicators of healthy ageing and urban sustainability', 2010 Australian Association of Gerontology Rural Conference. Presentations, Ballina, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsChris Tucker, L Parkinson
2010Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'A case study of the effects of attitude, behaviour, and project team culture on building information model use in a temporary project organisation', CIB W78 2010: 27th International Conference - Applications of IT in the AEC Industry. Program & Proceedings, Cairo, Egypt (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2010Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Use of online communication portals in construction projects: Issues associated to alignment of technology and processes', CIB W78 2010: 27th International Conference - Applications of IT in the AEC Industry. Program & Proceedings, Cairo, Egypt (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2010Tucker CC, Parkinson L, Brewer GJ, Landorf C, 'Ageing and streetscape: Linking indicators of healthy ageing with the design of residential urban space', On the Edge. Conference Papers of the 44th Annual Conference of ANZAScA, Auckland, NZ (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsChris Tucker, L Parkinson
2010Zakaria SZ, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Conceptual framework of psychology decision making on industrialized building systems (IBS) technology', Proceedings of EPPM 2010: Internatinal Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management, Pingtung, Taiwan (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2009Brewer GJ, 'Evaluation of the 'blockaid' reinforcement location device for speed and accuracy in the construction of reinforced blockwork walls', 34th Australasian Universities Building Educators Conference (AUBEA 2009), Barossa Valley, SA (2009) [E1]
2009Brewer GJ, 'Longitudinal evaluation of the impact of holistic learning on students' attitude to the environment', 34th Australasian Universities Building Educators Conference (AUBEA 2009), Barossa Valley, SA (2009) [E1]
2009Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Beard CR, 'Influences on the adoption of BPM/BIM: An Australian perspective', Managing IT in Construction/Managing Construction for Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on IT in Construction & 1st International Conference on Managing Construction for Tomor, Istanbul, Turkey (2009) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2009Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Cultural analysis for ICT integration: Case study analysis of a construction project', Managing IT in Construction/Managing Construction for Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on IT in Construction & 1st International Conference on Managing Construction for Tomor, Istanbul, Turkey (2009) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2009Landorf CM, Hilaire TJ, Brewer GJ, 'Sustainable residential aged care: The influence of environment on carer work satisfaction and stress levels', SUE-MoT Conference 2009: Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment: Conference Proceedings, Loughborough, UK (2009) [E1]
2008Brewer GJ, Williams AP, Sher WD, Gajendran T, 'Contracting to learn: An evaluation of the effectiveness of learning contracts in sustainability education', AUBEA 2008. Conference Papers, Auckland, New Zealand (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Willy Sher, Thayaparan Gajendran
2008Williams AP, Sher WD, Brewer GJ, 'From distance to online to blended: A programme's journey', EE2008: The International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education Conference Proceedings, Loughborough University, England (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Willy Sher
2008Sher WD, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Williams AP, 'Mixed-mode delivery of construction management degree programs', Conference Proceedings: BEAR 2008: Building Resilience, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Thayaparan Gajendran, Willy Sher
2008Williams AP, Brewer GJ, 'Online implementation of learning contracts: A transdisciplinary approach', Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Learning 2008, Amsterdam (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams
2008Williams AP, Brewer GJ, Gu N, 'A teaching approach to support and develop student ownership of learning in the design curriculum', DesignEd Asia Conference 2007: Sustaining Cultures Through Design Education: Conference Proceedings, Hong Kong (2008) [E2]
Co-authorsNing Gu, Tony Williams
2007Sher WD, Williams AP, Brewer GJ, 'Mixed-mode delivery of a Quantity Surveying degree program', Quantity Surveying International Convention 2007 (QSIC 2007). Proceedings, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007) [E2]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Willy Sher
2007Rundle A, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Implementing Electronic Tendering for Public Works Procurement - A Tasmanian Experience', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems. Proceedings, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2007Brewer GJ, Williams AP, Sher WD, 'Utilising learning contracts to stimulate student ownership of learning', Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Willy Sher
2007Brewer GJ, Jefferies MC, Gajendran T, Williams AP, 'Development and assessment of metacognition in first year undergraduates', Proceedings. 2007 Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies, Tony Williams, Thayaparan Gajendran
2007Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Sher WD, 'Use of a Delphi survey to surface emerging ICT trends in construction project teams: Methodology description and preliminary findings', Proceedings. 2007 Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Willy Sher
2007Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Landorf CM, Williams AP, 'Educating for urban sustainability: A transdisciplinary approach', SUE-MoT Conference 2007, Glasgow, Scotland (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Thayaparan Gajendran
2007Landorf CM, Brewer GJ, Sheppard L, 'Urban sustainability and ageing: Uncovering the critical links between the urban environment and successful ageing in place', SUE-MoT Conference 2007, Glasgow, Scotland (2007) [E1]
2007Brewer GJ, Mooney J, 'Design for disassembled: Support for urban sustainability in Australia', SUE-MoT Conference 2007, Glasgow, Scotland (2007) [E1]
2006Jefferies MC, Brewer GJ, Rowlinson S, Cheung F, Satchell A, 'Project Alliances in the Australian Construction Industry: A Case Study of a Water Treatment Project', Symposium on Sustainability and Value through Construction Procurement - CIB Working Commission 92 Procurement Systems, Salford, UK (2006) [E1]
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Williams AP, 'Thinking About Thinking: Challenging First Year Undergraduates to Reflect', Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Auckland, New Zealand (2006) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Tony Williams
2005Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'The Use of ICT in the Construction Industry: Critical Success Factors and Strategic Relationships In Temporary Project Organisations', CIB W78 22nd Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Dresden, Germany (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2005Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'Construction Project Supply Chains and Their Use of ICT', CIB W78 22nd Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Dresden, Germany (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2005Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Chen SE, 'Project Teams and ICT: Surfacing the Critical Success factors', CIB W78 22nd Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Dresden, Germany (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2005Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Chen SE, 'Integration of Information and Communication Technology: A Cultural Perspective', Proceedings of 2005 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, Penang, Malaysia (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2005Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'Critical Success Factors for ICT Mediated Supply Chains: Implications for Project Managers', Australian Institute of Project Management National Conference, Melbourne (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2005Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Beard CR, 'Barriers to ICT Uptake in Professional Quantity Surveying Organisations: An Australian Perspective', QS National Convention 2005 : sustaining the profession: towards diversification, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2004Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Integrating Reflective Self-Assessment Across the Curriculum', AUBEA, Newcastle NSW (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Jamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran
2004Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Multiple Perspective Assessment to Manage Free Riders in Group Work', AUBEA, Newcastle, NSW (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Thayaparan Gajendran, Jamie Mackee
2004Brewer GJ, Chen SE, Gajendran T, Runeson G, 'Higher Education Shaping the Built Environment', AUBEA, Newcastle, NSW (2004) [E4]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2004Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Chen SE, 'Asset Value Capture: An Overview of the Concepts and Techniques', Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions, Miami Florida, USA (2004) [E2]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2004Gajendran T, Fitzgerald N, Brewer GJ, 'Information & Communication Technology for Construction of Power Generation Infrastructure in Regional Australia', World of Construction Project Management, Toronto, Canada (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2003Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Chen SE, 'Investigating Critical Success Factors for Information and Communication Technology Mediated Supply Chains', Postgraduate Conference, Melbourne, Victoria (2003) [E2]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2003Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'A Case Study Approach to Investigating Participant Engagement with Information and Communication Technology-Mediated Supply Chains', Postgraduate Construction Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia (2003) [E2]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2003Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, McCann J, Chen SE, 'Creating a Benchmarking Service to Measure ICT Uptake for Australian Construction Industry', Construction IT Bridging the Distance, Waiheke Island, New Zealand (2003) [E1]
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2003Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Motivation to Engage: Piloting Techniques to Encourage Student Engagement with Unusual Learning Activities', AUBEA 2003: Working Together, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia (2003) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Jamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran
2003Mackee J, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Online delivery of a subject in a problem based learning environment: A case study on the introduction of a subject website for an undergraduate construction management degree program', AUBEA 2003: Working Together, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia (2003) [E1]
Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran
2001Brewer GJ, Chen SE, 'Experience, Empowerment and Evidence in Assessment - A model in practice', Proceedings, Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yepoon, QLD (2001) [E2]
2001Brewer GJ, Martins RH, Kolomy RA, Chen SE, 'Assessment and Learning: Connecting Theory and Practice', Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian University Building Educators Association, Adelaide, SA (2001) [E1]
2000Bulmer T, Brewer GJ, 'Improving the uptake of Information Technology in the industry', Encouraging Innovation In The Construction Industry, Brisbane (2000) [E2]
2000Brewer GJ, Jefferies MC, Chen SE, 'The transitional experience to PBL: A case of early intervention', Trends in Construction Management Education and Research, Fremantle (2000) [E1]
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies
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2014Bille R, Smith S, Maund K, Brewer G, 'Exploring building information modelling (BIM) to game engine conversion', University of Newcastle, Applied Informatics Research Group, 27 (2014) [R1]
Co-authorsKim Maund, Shamus Smith
2012Brewer Graham, Gajendran T, Raichel Le Goff, 'Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Tasmania foresight report', Tasmanian Construction and Building Training Board, 12 (2012)
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
2012Brewer John Graham, Gajendran T, Raichel Le Goff, 'Building Information Modelling (BIM): an Introduction and International Perspectives', Tasmanian Construction and Building Training Board, 47 (2012)
Co-authorsThayaparan Gajendran
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants26
Total funding$1,088,525

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20147 grants / $379,825

Developing a 4-dimensional interdisciplinary learning environment for construction industry professionals$250,000

Identifying the pedagogical and technical requirements, and the subsequent development of a virtual site visit environment.
Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding bodyOffice for Learning and Teaching
Project Team
SchemeInnovation and Development Program
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2016
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network$38,250

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding bodyDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project TeamDoctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Helen Giggins, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Professor Qian Ye, Professor Zhangang Han, Associate Professor Yanli Lue, Associate Professor Wan-yu Shih, Associate Professor Jie-Ying Wu, Associate Professor Wen-Yen Lin
SchemeAustralia-China Council Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400533
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network$38,250

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding bodyDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project TeamDoctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Helen Giggins, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Professor Qian Ye, Professor Zhangang Han, Associate Professor Yanli Lue, Associate Professor Wan-yu Shih, Associate Professor Jie-Ying Wu, Associate Professor Wen-Yen Lin
SchemeAustralia-China Council Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400533
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Review of social impacts of a reduction of public housing numbers in Bolton Point estate$22,000

Conduct of a multiple perspective investigation of social and related impacts of a project conducted under the Housing Affordability Fund initiative in the suburb of Bolton Point, including authoring a report and presenting findings to Department of Housing.
Funding body: NSW Department of Housing

Funding bodyNSW Department of Housing
Project Team
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Innovation and industry capabilities: uptake and integration of ICT/BIM across the Tasmanian AEC sector -- PHASE 2$17,325

Surveying the Tasmanian AEC sector to develop suitable innovation capability training
Funding body: Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board

Funding bodyTasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board
Project Team
SchemeAdditional research project support
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2015
GNo
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

Scoping study for developing Building information Model (BIM) library for designing flood resilient buildings$7,000

Funding body: Connecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence

Funding bodyConnecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Jamie MacKee
SchemePriming Grants
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401135
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Scoping study for developing Building information Model (BIM) library for designing flood resilient buildings$7,000

Funding body: Connecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence

Funding bodyConnecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Jamie MacKee
SchemePriming Grants
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401135
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20131 grants / $40,000

Innovation and industry capabilities: uptake and integration of ICT/BIM across the tasmanian AEC sector$40,000

Funding body: Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board

Funding bodyTasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301167
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20124 grants / $49,700

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemeEmerging Research Leaders Program
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200577
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Building Information Modelling: briefing report series$15,000

Research, collation and presentation of BIM state-of-art in international and national contexts, together with a Tasmanian BIM foresight report.
Funding body: Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board

Funding bodyTasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board
Project Team
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

Understanding vulnerabilities in post disaster reconstruction: profiling the risks impacting built environment supply chain resilience$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Associate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200348
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Competitiveness in a regional construction industry: developing innovation and competitive advantage in the Tasmanian Architectural, Engineering and Construction sector$9,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer, Professor Anthony Williams
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101173
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $47,500

Attitudes and Behaviours in Consumer Spaces: Quantifying the Benefits of a Sustainable Retail Environment$47,500

Funding body: Lend Lease Investment Management Pty Limited

Funding bodyLend Lease Investment Management Pty Limited
Project TeamProfessor Michael Ostwald, Professor Anthony Williams, Associate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0900162
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20091 grants / $135,000

Attitudes and Behaviours in Consumer Spaces: Quantifying the Benefits of a Sustainable Retail Environment$135,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Michael Ostwald, Professor Anthony Williams, Associate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189757
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20082 grants / $67,500

Multimedia modules for construction management$50,000

Funding body: Australian Construction Industry Redundancy Trust

Funding bodyAustralian Construction Industry Redundancy Trust
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189765
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Ageing and neighbourhood: Linking indicators of healthy ageing and urban sustainability$17,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Mr Chris Tucker, Associate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189050
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20072 grants / $4,500

SUE-moT Conference 2007: International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment, Glasgow, Scotland, 27/6/2007 - 29/6/2007$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187734
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Emerging ICT trends in construction project teams.$2,000

Funding body: Chartered Institute of Building Australasia

Funding bodyChartered Institute of Building Australasia
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187208
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20061 grants / $1,000

Australasian Association for Engineering Education 2006 conference-Creativity , Challenge, Change: Partnerships in Engineering Education, Auckland University of Technology, NZ, 10/12/2006 -13/12/2006$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0187030
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20051 grants / $2,400

22nd CIB W78 Conference: IT in Construction, 18-21 July 2004$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185391
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $35,000

Asset value capture: innovative funding for infrastructure$35,000

Identification of the best practice solutions for infrastructure including exactions, planning gain and land taxation based upon capital gains arising from planning decisions.
Funding body: Property Council of Australia

Funding bodyProperty Council of Australia
Project Team
SchemeComissioned Research
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNo
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20024 grants / $317,600

Critical Success Factors for ICT Mediated Supply Chains$225,984

Funding body: CRC for Construction Innovation

Funding bodyCRC for Construction Innovation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeResearch Proposal
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182910
Type Of FundingCRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category4CRC
UONY

Project Team Integration: Communication, Coordination and Decision Support$40,616

This project focuses on the potential of information and communication technology to integrate construction project teams and consists of two complementary components: scoping studies & internet-based construction project management
Funding body: CRC for Construction Innovation

Funding bodyCRC for Construction Innovation
Project Team
SchemeCollaborative Research Centres
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2003
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

Delivering improved knowledge management and innovation diffusion$40,000

Identification of current and emerging ideas and issues relating to the knowledge advantage that individuals, organisations and communities gain from using knowledge for competitive advantage.
Funding body: CRC for Construction Innovation

Funding bodyCRC for Construction Innovation
Project Team
SchemeResearch Proposal
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2004
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

Benchmarking in the Australian Construction Industry: scoping study$11,000

Funding bodyUnknown
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2003
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20001 grants / $8,500

Encouraging the uptake of IT in the construction industry$8,500

Identification of strategies for IT introduction and integration in construction firms
Funding body: Construction Industry Institute Australia

Funding bodyConstruction Industry Institute Australia
Project Team
SchemeSeed Funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2001
GNo
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Implications of Building Information Modelling for Business Culture in Small and Medium Sized Building and Construction Enterprises
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2015Towards a Conceptual Framework for the Resettlement of Populations From Hazard Prone Urban Locations
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014The Influence of Trust in the Management of Complex Construction Projects
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2014Slow-onset Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Mitigation Policy in Australia
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2012Investigation into an Integrated Construction Supply Chain Ecosystem Management Model
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2010Sustainable residential aged care: The influence of environment on carer work satisfaction and stress
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Modification of Standardised Construction Contracts for the Adoption of Building Information Modelling: Analysing the Case of the NSW Government GC21 Construction Contract
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2014Decision-making of Technology Adoption: The Case for Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) in The Malaysian Construction Industry
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2011The Education of Virtual Teamwork Skills in Construction Management, Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying Programs in Australian Universities
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2006Implementing Building Product Models: Perspectives from an Australian Construction Project
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor Graham Brewer

Position

Associate Professor
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Construction Management (Building)

Contact Details

Emailgraham.brewer@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5794
Fax(02) 4921 6913

Office

RoomBSC204
BuildingBSC Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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