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Dr Helen Giggins

Lecturer

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

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Giggins is currently working as Lecturer in the Discipline of Construction Management in the School of Architecture and Built Environment. Helen received her PhD from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2009. Her thesis titled ‘Security of Genetic Databases’ was nominated for the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia (CORE) Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation in 2009. Her current research interests are diverse, ranging across disaster management and recovery, use of ITC in education and architectural history. Her previous research interests include privacy preserving data publishing, privacy preserving data mining, trust management and graph theory applications.

Research Expertise
Helen has a diverse research expertise, having completed her PhD in the area of statistical database security, but now working in the field of construction management.

Administrative Expertise
Helen is currently the Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building). She is also currently on Academic Senate in an elected position for the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

Collaborations
Helen is currently involved in several research collaborations, and grants. These include: A $10,000 internal Teaching and Learning grant titled "Development of an integrated system to provide students with 'verbal' feedback". Helen is Team Leader on this grant. A University of Newcastle Linkage Pilot Research Grant titled "Mapping research priorities for disaster preparedness and recovery: Improving built environment resilience through construction industry collaboration". Helen is involved in the Timeline Newcastle project which seeks to recreate the architectural history of Newcastle using an iPad application.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Architectural History
  • Construction Management
  • Data Mining
  • Disaster Management
  • Disaster Management and Recovery
  • Graph Theory Applications
  • Privacy Preserving Data Publishing
  • Project Planning
  • Work-Integrated Learning

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120103Architectural History and Theory20
089999Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified20
120299Building not elsewhere classified60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
7/11/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
1/07/2009 - 30/06/2010LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/02/2011 - 1/11/2011Project OfficerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Engineering and Built Environments
Australia
1/11/2010 - 1/01/2011Research AssistantCharles Sturt University
School of Computing and Mathematics
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Publications

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


Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Giggins HP, Gu N, 'Web 2.0 opportunities for professional placement', Work Ready: E-Portfolios to Support Professional Placements, Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney, NSW 123-136 (2012) [B2]
Co-authorsNing Gu
2007Brankovic L, Islam MZ, Giggins HP, 'Privacy-preserving data mining', Security, Privacy and Trust in Modern Data Management, Springer, Berlin 151-165 (2007) [B1]
Co-authorsLjiljana Brankovic
2007Brankovic L, Giggins HP, 'Statistical database security', Security, Privacy and Trust in Modern Data Management, Springer, Berlin 167-181 (2007) [B1]
DOI10.1007/978-3-540-69861-6_12
Co-authorsLjiljana Brankovic

Conference (20 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Morrison T, Giggins H, foulcher N, 'Preserving Lost Industrial Heritage: Newcastle Australia', Selected Papers from the 41st Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (Perth, WA, 25-28 March 2013 ), The University of Western Australia (2015)
Co-authorsTessa Morrison
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, Graham Brewer, 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, Jamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer
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-authorsGraham Brewer, Jamie Mackee, Jason Vonmeding, 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-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Jason Vonmeding, Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer
2014Morrison T, Giggins H, Goddard K, 'Preserving the Cultural Heritage of iconic Newcastle hotels', Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Guimaraes, Portugal (2014) [E1]
DOI10.14575/gl/heritage2014
Co-authorsTessa Morrison
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-authorsGraham Brewer, Jamie Mackee, Jason 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-authorsJamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer
2013Giggins H, Morrison T, Foulcher N, 'Bringing Together the Present with the Industrial past: the Newcastle Digitalised Heritage Project', Tourism and the Shifting Values of Cultural Heritage: Visiting Pasts, Developing Futures, Taipei city (2013) [E2]
Co-authorsTessa Morrison
2013Shih SY, Sher W, Giggins HP, 'Assessment of the Building Code of Australia to Inform the Development of BIM-enabled Code checking Systems', Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society, Brisbane, QLD (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsWilly Sher
2013Morrison T, Giggins H, Foulcher N, 'Timeline Newcastle: Reconstructing Industrial Newcastle - Implementation and Exhibition', Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA London 2013), London (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsTessa Morrison
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-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer, Jamie Mackee
2012Morrison T, Giggins HP, Foulcher NC, 'Evolving architectural history and digital intangible heritage', NODEM 2012: Archiving and Visualization of Intangible Heritage, Hong Kong (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsTessa Morrison
2012Giggins HP, Brankovic L, 'VICUS - A noise addition technique for categorical data', Proceedings of the Tenth Australasian Data Mining Conference AusDM' 2012, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsLjiljana Brankovic
2011Islam MZ, Giggins HP, 'Knowledge discovery through SysFor - a systematically developed forest of multiple decision trees', Proceedings of the Ninth Australasian Data Mining Conference (AusDM'11), Ballarat, VIC (2011) [E1]
2009Berretta RE, Giggins HP, 'Online support material for computer science honours program using Blackboard', Proceedings 2009 2nd IEEE International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology, Beijing, China (2009) [E1]
DOI10.1109/iccsit.2009.5234460
Co-authorsRegina Berretta
2008Giggins HP, Brankovic L, 'Statistical disclosure control: To trust or not to trust', Proceedings: International Symposium on Computer Science and Its Applications, CSA 2008, Hobart, TAS (2008) [E1]
DOI10.1109/csa.2008.12
Co-authorsLjiljana Brankovic
2004Alfalayleh MMD, Brankovic L, Giggins HP, Islam MZ, 'Towards the graceful tree conjecture: a survey', Proceedings from Fifteenth Australasian Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms, Ballina NSW, Aust (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsLjiljana Brankovic
2003Giggins HP, Brankovic L, 'Protecting Privacy in Genetic Databases', Proceedings for EMAC 2003, Sydney (2003) [E1]
Co-authorsLjiljana Brankovic
2002Giggins HP, Brankovic L, 'Ethical and Privacy Issues in Genetic Databases', Third Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference, Sydney (2002) [E1]
Co-authorsLjiljana Brankovic
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Morrison T, Foulcher NC, Giggins HP, Reconstructing Victorian Newcastle, Newcastle Museum (2012) [J1]
Co-authorsTessa Morrison
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$145,634

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20151 grants / $50,000

Modelling disaster resilience: enhancing student learning through trans-disciplinary simulation of wicked scenarios (RES-SIM)$50,000

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding bodyOffice for Learning and Teaching
Project TeamDoctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Doctor Helen Giggins, Dr Vanessa Cooper
SchemeSeed Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1401485
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20143 grants / $78,000

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

Heritage 2013, Guimaraes, Portugal, 22-25 July 2014$1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Helen Giggins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400440
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20131 grants / $1,200

Visiting Pasts, Developing Future International Conference, Taipei, Taiwan. 5 - 9 April 2013$1,200

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Helen Giggins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300350
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20123 grants / $15,234

Mapping research priorities for disaster preparedness and recovery: Improving built environment resilience through construction industry collaboration$9,394

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Helen Giggins, Professor Michael Ostwald
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101160
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

New Staff Grant 2012$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Helen Giggins
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200984
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

10th Australasian Data Mining Conference, 2012, Sydney, 5 - 7 December 2012$840

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Helen Giggins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1201126
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20091 grants / $1,200

The 2009 International Conference on Education, Information Technology Applications (EITA 2009), Beijing, China, 8-11 August 2009$1,200

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Helen Giggins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190407
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013Challenges Associated with Implementing BIM-Enabled Code-Checking Systems Within the Design Process
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013Towards Developing Viable Strategic Framework to Combat Inadequate Housing: A Case of Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Helen Giggins

Position

Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Construction Management (Building)

Contact Details

Emailhelen.giggins@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6424
Fax (02) 4921 6913

Office

RoomAG22
BuildingArchitecture
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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