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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

Code Description Percentage
040604 Natural Hazards 20
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 60
089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2011 - 1/11/2011 Project Officer University of Newcastle
School of Engineering and Built Environments
Australia
1/11/2010 - 1/01/2011 Research Assistant Charles 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Giggins 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]
2007 Brankovic L, Islam MZ, Giggins HP, 'Privacy-preserving data mining', Security, Privacy and Trust in Modern Data Management, Springer, Berlin 151-165 (2007) [B1]
Co-authors Ljiljana Brankovic
2007 Brankovic L, Giggins HP, 'Statistical database security', Security, Privacy and Trust in Modern Data Management, Springer, Berlin 167-181 (2007) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-69861-6_12
Co-authors Ljiljana Brankovic

Conference (20 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Morrison T, Giggins H, foulcher N, 'Preserving Lost Industrial Heritage: Newcastle Australia', Across Space and Time. Papers from the 41st Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Tessa Morrison
2015 Salami R, Von Meding JK, Giggins H, Olotu A, 'Disasters, vulnerability and inadequate housing in Nigeria: A viable strategic framework.', Proceedings ANDROID Residential Doctoral School (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Jason Vonmeding
2014 Giggins 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 i... [more]

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-authors Graham Brewer, Jamie Mackee, Jason Vonmeding, Thayaparan Gajendran
2014 Brewer 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... [more]

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-authors Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran, Jason Vonmeding
2014 Brewer G, Giggins H, von Meding J, Mackee J, Gajendran T, 'Mixed messages: tacit communication emanating from non-human actants in disaster contexts.', 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUILDING RESILIENCE, INCORPORATING THE 3RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ANDROID DISASTER RESILIENCE NETWORK (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1016/S2212-5671.04100971-X
Co-authors Graham Brewer, Jamie Mackee, Jason Vonmeding, Thayaparan Gajendran
2014 Brankovic L, Muir A, Giggins H, 'Teaching Mathematical Reasoning: From Textbooks to Software' (2014)
Co-authors Ljiljana Brankovic
2014 Morrison T, Giggins H, Goddard K, 'Preserving the Cultural Heritage of iconic Newcastle hotels', Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.14575/gl/heritage2014
Co-authors Tessa Morrison
2013 Gajendran 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 (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer, Jamie Mackee
2013 Giggins 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 (2013) [E2]
Co-authors Tessa Morrison
2013 Shih 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 (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher
2013 Morrison T, Giggins H, Foulcher N, 'Timeline Newcastle: Reconstructing Industrial Newcastle - Implementation and Exhibition', Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA London 2013) (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Tessa Morrison
2013 Gajendran 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 (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Jamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer
2012 Morrison T, Giggins HP, Foulcher NC, 'Evolving architectural history and digital intangible heritage', NODEM 2012: Archiving and Visualization of Intangible Heritage (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Tessa Morrison
2012 Giggins HP, Brankovic L, 'VICUS - A noise addition technique for categorical data', Proceedings of the Tenth Australasian Data Mining Conference AusDM' 2012 (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Ljiljana Brankovic
2011 Islam 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) (2011) [E1]
2009 Berretta 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 (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/iccsit.2009.5234460
Co-authors Regina Berretta
2008 Giggins HP, Brankovic L, 'Statistical disclosure control: To trust or not to trust', Proceedings: International Symposium on Computer Science and Its Applications, CSA 2008 (2008) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/csa.2008.12
Co-authors Ljiljana Brankovic
2004 Alfalayleh MMD, Brankovic L, Giggins HP, Islam MZ, 'Towards the graceful tree conjecture: a survey', Proceedings from Fifteenth Australasian Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms (2004) [E1]
Co-authors Ljiljana Brankovic
2003 Giggins HP, Brankovic L, 'Protecting Privacy in Genetic Databases', Proceedings for EMAC 2003 (2003) [E1]
Co-authors Ljiljana Brankovic
2002 Giggins HP, Brankovic L, 'Ethical and Privacy Issues in Genetic Databases', Third Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference (2002) [E1]
Co-authors Ljiljana Brankovic
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Morrison T, Foulcher NC, Giggins HP, Reconstructing Victorian Newcastle (2012) [J1]
Co-authors Tessa Morrison
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Paucity of Ethnicity and Cultural Authenticity in the Built Environment - How does it Affect Recovery in a Post Disaster Setting
PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Determinants of urban settlements' vulnerability to flood risk in Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria
PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Challenges Associated with Implementing BIM-Enabled Code-Checking Systems Within the Design Process
PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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News

Australia-ASEAN Council funding for disaster resiliance

Australia-ASEAN Council funding for Disaster Resilience

January 8, 2016

A team of UON researchers have secured funding of $77,000 in the inaugural round of the Australia-ASEAN Council grant program for their project 'Disaster Resilience Education Capacity Building in South-East Asia'.

Dr Helen Giggins

Position

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

Focus area

Construction Management (Building)

Contact Details

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

Office

Room AG22
Building Architecture
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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