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Dr Jamie MacKee

Senior Lecturer

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

Our future in the past

Dr Jamie Mackee's research has focused on the resilience of cultural heritage and how our historic built environment might be less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Dr Jamie MacKee 

Over the past decades, Australia has been subject to a number of significant 'disasters', including tropical cyclones Tracy (1974), Larry (2006) and Yasi (2011); the Sydney Hail Storm (1999) and the Pasha Bulker Storm (2007) and April storm (2015); the Nyngan (1990), Charleville (1990) and Queensland (2010–11) floods; the Ash Wednesday (1983) and Black Sunday (2009) fires; the Great Easter Drought (2002–06); and, the Newcastle (1989) and Ellalong (1994) earthquakes.

Disasters such as these 'are a feature of the Australian climate and landscape' and continue to pose economic, social and environmental challenges to the nation. Two factors that are believed to enhance the risk of natural disasters are climate change and urbanisation. Responses to the potential threat posed by severe weather events have focussed on their impact on the natural environment. However, as identified in the Garnaut Climate Change Review, cultural values, including Cultural Built Heritage (CBH), are also likely to be affected by the increased risk.

The threat that such events pose to CBH is generally limited to individual sites and landscapes. Because of the localised nature of CBH, risk of damage to, or loss of, non-renewable CBH resources may be mitigated through early identification of potential impact and targeted strategies for adaptation and conservation.

Dr Mackee's most recent research has focused on the way in which risk of climate change impacts can be assessed to better protect our cultural heritage.  This has resulted in the develiopment of a Cultural Heritage Risk Index (CHRI) that allows stakeholders involved in the management, protection and conservation of cultural heritage to assess risk and plan and manage interventions to mitigate against any potential impacts.  The results of this are being published in a forthcoming journal paper.

Dr Mackee's broader interest in "old buildings' stems from his eight years teaching in a University and living in Sri Lanka, while his teaching and research work on disasters arises from his work during the Asian Tsunami in Sri Lanka sponsored by the University of Newcastle in 2005.

He has two books specifically on cultural heriatge and one recent book and book chapter on cultural heriatge conservation theory fusing the concepts of Buddhism and Systems theory proposing an alternative to the traditional Eurocentric ideals of conservation theory for dealing with the rich and very unique heritage of the Asian region.

Dr Mackee is a co-leader of the School of Architecture and Built Environment's Disaster Research Group and a member of the that group's DFAT funded Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network led by colleague Dr. Jason von Meding.  He is also organisor and Chair for the 5th International Building Resilience Conference to be held at the University of Newcastle in July 2015.

Dr Mackee is the Assistant Dean (International) in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

Dr Jamie MacKee

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Career Summary

Biography

Jamie has over ten years experience in academia, and professional education at University level in Australia and a further eight years in a developing country. His approach to research and teaching is based on innovation, critical thinking, problem analysis providing viable, sustainable and creative solutions and student centred learning. He has been received an award for his doctoral research, achieved international recognition with invitations to referee on journals and participate on editorial advisory boards and established a reputation within the discipline with membership on State Government advisory committee. He has recently taken on a leadership role as Head of Discipline. In academia in Australia and abroad Jamie has been associated with teaching and curriculum development for Architects, Construction Managers and Quantity Surveyors. In a number of roles he has been involved with leading edge educational programs in Architecture and Construction Management using Problem Based Learning. Architectural consultancy and project supervision experience covers an extensive range of work in Australia and overseas focusing on the design, documentation, refurbishment and site supervision of a range of buildings from individual houses to International resort complexes, shopping centres, market complexes, residential complexes, industrial and commercial buildings. Jamie has worked and studied for a number years in Sri Lanka and Singapore. He has been involved in architectural consultancy in Sri Lanka that makes him familiar with tropical and sub-tropical climatic conditions and appropriate architectural responses. A recent major project in which Jamie was involved was a Tsunami project in Sri Lanka. This was a large hospital building designed, documented and tendered within a very short time frame of two months to meet the demands of post-tsunami rebuilding. The University of Newcastle sponsored Jamie to work in Sri Lanka on this project. Finally in 2009 Jamie was appointed as Head of Discipline for Construction Management. In this period he has managed and obtained new accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK). He has also developed a unique online portal for managing continual accreditations and been proactive in addressing problems with in the program, such as a lack of tutorial staff and managing curriculum changes in response to external examiners comments.

Research Expertise
Jamie MacKee is a Senior Lecturer in Construction Management and his main areas of research are Architectural Conservation of the Cultural Built Heritage of Asia, Environmental management systems and construction management education. He has published numerous refereed Journal and Conference papers relating to these areas, especially environmental management systems. His work in Strategic Environmental Assessment has been widely disseminated to stakeholders in the Asian region. He has completed a Research Masters Degree at the National University of Singapore that focused on the community impact evaluation of cultural built heritage in Singapore. He is currently a Chief Investigator on an ECR Project that is investigating the impact of global agencies such as UNESCO on the conservation of Cultural Built Heritage in Asia. Jamie has been involved in Tsunami relief designing and tendering a AUD$1million hospital facility and Community Maternity Clinic in Sri Lanka. He is a reviewer for several international Journals including Building Research and Information and Construction Management and Economics.

Teaching Expertise
I have been a Course Coordinator for 8 courses in the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) degree programme. Three of these courses were introduced in 2006 as part of the program restructure, and I was therefore responsible for their design, development and continuing management/co-ordination. I have also been responsible for the initiation, design and development of a further three courses intended for a 2011 start as part of the current amendment to our program for accreditation purposes. I have been responsible for a number of sustained and effective innovations that have supported the development of our online delivery harnessing the Internet and Web2.0 technologies (refer to section 1.3 below). As an undergraduate research supervisor I have supervised approximately 45 Honours undergraduates, with 15 achieving Hons 1 and 12 Hons 2a. At the time of writing this application I am supervising/co-supervising 12 honours students, two PhD students, one masters student, another masters ready to commence and one Masters completion. I have consistently applied scholarly principles and practices to both the development and delivery of my teaching, basing it upon sound pedagogical research and subjecting it to scrutiny in various forums. This has resulted in a series of peer-reviewed papers in 1 journal, 2 conferences and one book chapter since my last promotion and discussed in the Research section of this promotion application. Convening and Coordination of Courses I am responsible for the co-ordination of three courses across three years, first year, third year and fourth year. These are three disparate courses two of which are delivered to a mixed cohort of Construction Management and Architectural students. In my role as course co-ordinator I have predominantly been involved in the design and the redesign of individual courses, though all three of the courses that I currently teach arose out of the restructure of the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) degree programme, in which I participated. These courses have evolved since their commencement in 2006. I have spent time considering the curricula and appropriate material. For example in ARBE2101 Construction Ecology 2 the original brief was to deal with sustainability issues. The challenge was to find an approach that satisfied two different types of students each with diverse objectives. The final solution was to work to my strengths in evaluation and cultural heritage. The resultant course focuses on decision making for sustainable outcomes in the built environment including the conservation of cultural built heritage. The course deals with evaluation and assessment methodologies with a focus on the application of the Green Building Councils Greenstar Rating system on the advice of members of our Industry Advisory Panel. In my courses there are significant numbers of distance learners. To support and mentor their progress I have pioneered the use of online tutors. This has been successful in my first year course where I have engaged a graduate of our program who works for a construction company in Newcastle. This person was responsible for monitoring and supporting the online groups for their oral presentations and group report. He developed a good relationship with the students. Being a former distance learner and working in industry he quickly gained the respect of our predominately working distance students. Planning and Development of Courses/programs In my role as Head of Discipline I am currently leading/managing, designing and developing a major amendment/redesign of the Bachelor of Construction Management program to align with new accreditation priorities. As part of this process I have directly designed and developed three new courses and lead the amendments to a further ten courses.

Administrative Expertise
In 2008 I was invited to become Student Academic Conduct Officer (SACO) for the School of Architecture and the Built Environment. This appointment continued until I took over as Head of Discipline: Building. During this time I implemented a standardised approach to the processes for reporting and prosecuting academic misconduct throughout the School. To support this I introduced a series of basic proformas that made the process more transparent and streamlined. This resulted in a quicker turn-around in cases. I also processed 19 cases of suspected academic misconduct, 17 of which were upheld. I also participated in various events, sharing experiences and offering observations/advice to other SACOs. In 2009 I was invited to be acting Head of Discipline, Building while the Head of Discipline was on SSP. This became permanent in 2010 due management restructuring in the School. As Head of the largest Discipline in the Faculty I have initiated and implemented a number of very significant activities and reforms. The first major activity was to design, develop and implement an online portal for managing the accreditation by professional bodies. This is a site that operates through Blackboard and becomes a repository/database for all the material that was previously put together every three or five years in paper form. This new site has the advantage of allowing external examiners and visiting panels to examine our programme and associated material prior to a visit which then makes the visits quite focused and streamlined. The next major activity that I undertook personally was to plan, organise and lead the disciplines first accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK) (RICS) with and outstanding outcome. The RICS is a major global professional institution with over 200,000 members worldwide. This was done in parallel to the development of the online accreditation portal discussed above. The online portal was a key component of the successful accreditation by the RICS. The management of this accreditation is ongoing as the RICS assess our course annually due to their interests in partnerships with the accredited institution. I must also manage this partnership. Currently I am leading another new accreditation with the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS). There is a national shortage of Building Surveyors this accreditation is addressing a national need. As part of this new accreditation I am developing and managing a number of significant reforms. These include major amendments to improve the program and three new courses that will make the Construction Management program at Newcastle unique in Australia and align with AIBS requirements. During my first weeks as acting as Head of Discipline I acted quickly to address a need for teaching support due to our increase in numbers. I advertised for expressions of interest in tutoring and with the satisfactory response created an online register of tutorial staff that is managed through Blackboard. All staff accesses this portal when searching for teaching support staff. Since my appointment as Head of Discipline I have strengthened ties with our Industry Advisory Panel (IAP), introduced measures for greater engagement, and initiated a number of reforms that include review of membership and invitation to senior industry personal, two have accepted. Due to my efforts the IAP have had a direct involvement in providing advice on the current amendments to the programme for accreditation as discussed above. 2009- Head of Discipline (Building) 2008-09 Student Academic Conduct Officer 2005-07 University's Blackboard User Group 2003 School Postgraduate Director (Responsible for Building Discipline).

Collaborations
1. Conservation of the Cultural Built Heritage in Asia: In particular the use of Systems theory as the foundation of an Asian approach to conservation. 2. Disaster Management: Focusing on resilience of the built environment in the wake of disasters. Impacts of Disasters on built heritage, developing resilience in built heritage in the wake of a disaster. 3. Construction Management Education: Innotative approaches to assessment, problem-based learning and on-line teaching.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Science (Building), National University of Singapore
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Arch Conserv of Mon&Sites, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Bachelor of Design Studies, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), University of Queensland

Keywords

  • Asian Cultures and Philosophy
  • Disaster Management
  • Disaster Management Theory
  • Environmental Management
  • Evaluation for Sustainability
  • Heritage
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Heritage Conservation Theory
  • Resilience
  • Sustainability

Languages

  • Sinhalese (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
040604Natural Hazards25
120102Architectural Heritage and Conservation40
120299Building not elsewhere classified35

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/07/2014 - Chair, Organising Committee5th International Building Resilience Conference
Australia
1/06/2014 - Assistant Dean (International)University of Newcastle
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Australia
1/01/2012 - Construction Discipline Faculty Board RepresentativeUniversity of Newcastle
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Australia
1/01/2011 - AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Australia
1/08/2009 - 1/05/2014Head of Discipline (Construction Management)University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
1/01/2009 - Editorial Board - International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built EnvironmentInternational Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Australia
1/01/2004 - 1/12/2010Academic University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2003 - 1/12/2003Discipline Representative Faculty Ethics CommitteeUniversity of Newcastle
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Australia
1/01/2003 - 1/12/2003School Research Director (Construction Management)University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
1/08/2000 - 1/12/2003AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Department of Building
Australia
1/07/1998 - 1/07/2000Research ScholarNational University of Singapore
Singapore
1/01/1991 - 1/07/1998LecturerUniversity of Moratuwa
Department of Building Economics
Sri Lanka

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Member - Australian Institute of BuildingAustralian Institute of Building
Australia

Awards

Research Award

YearAward
2010Best Paper Award
Unknown
2008Excellent Building Postgraduate
Unknown

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
20083rd International Symposium on Architecture and Culture in Suvarnabhumi 2008 (ISACS)
Organisation: Faculty of Architecture, Khon Kaen University Description: This invitation is based on the international reputation of my work in Cultural Built Heritage and the issues surrounding its conservation. Specifically my work on resilience of Cultural Built Heritage in the face of catastrophic events.

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2014BIT's 2nd Annual World Congress of EneryWise-2014 (WEW-2014), September 16-19, 2013 in Taiyuan, China
Organisation: BIT Congress Inc. Description: Resulting from my invitation and participation to the 2103 International Conference on Smarter Cities: Planing Smarter Cities towards a better quality of life in the Philippines, I was invited to be a Guest presenter at this annual conference.
20132103 International Conference on Smarter Cities: Planing Smarter Cities towards a better quality of life.
Organisation: University of the Philippines Description: This invitation is based on the international reputation of my work in Cultural Built Heritage and the issues surrounding its conservation. Specifically my work on resilience of Cultural Built Heritage in the face of catastrophic events.
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Publications

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


Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Mackee J, Conserving Cultural Built Heritage in South and Southeast Asia: A Conceptual Framework for the Conservation of Non-Secular Built Heritage Based on the Philosophical and Cultural Experiences of the Region, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 262 (2009) [A1]
2009Mackee J, Evaluation in Urban Conservation: Case Studies on the Application of Evaluation in Conservation Decision-Making for the Inclusion of Cultural Built Heritage in Modern Urban Centres, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 169 (2009) [A1]

Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013MacKee J, 'Developing an alternative paradigm for Asian Heritage conservation: A Buddhist-systemic perspective', Asian Heritage Management: Contexts, Concerns and Prospects, Routledge, Abingdon, Ox 303-324 (2013) [B1]
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2004Sher WD, Sharkey R, Mackee J, 'NURAPID a student-centered development tool for Australian Universities', AUBEA 2004: Higher education shaping the built environment, Centre for Infrastructure and Property, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW 69-81 (2004) [B2]
Co-authorsWilly Sher

Journal article (14 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014MacKee J, Askland HH, Askew L, 'Recovering cultural built heritage after natural disasters. A resilience perspective', International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 5 202-212 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1108/IJDRBE-09-2012-0032
Co-authorsHedda Askland
2014MacKee J, Askland HH, Askew L, 'Recovering cultural built heritage after natural disasters: A resilience perspective', International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 5 202-212 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1108/IJDRBE-09-2012-0032#sthash.4CS1Q23V.dpuf
Co-authorsHedda Askland
2014MacKee J, Askland HH, Askew L, 'Recovering cultural built heritage after natural disasters. A resilience perspective', International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 5 202-212 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1108/IJDRBE-09-2012-0032
Co-authorsHedda Askland
2013Von Meding JK, MacKee J, Gajendran T, 'Editorial: Built Environment Perspectives on Post-Disaster Reconstruction', International Journal of Architectural Research, 7 8-13 (2013) [C3]
Co-authorsJason Vonmeding, Thayaparan Gajendran
2011Dong W, Mackee J, Mak MY, 'Exploratory analysis of the traditional philosophy underpinned urban sustainability model for Chinese cities', Procedia Engineering, 21 838-845 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.proeng.2011.11.2085
Co-authorsMichael Mak
2011Mackee J, 'Restoring non-secular cultural heritage in South and Southeast Asia in the aftermath of a natural disaster: Integrating systems theory and indigenous philosophical and cultural traditions to support sustainable conservation approaches', Historic Environment, 23 48-54 (2011) [C1]
2010Dong W, Lehmann S, Mackee J, 'From cities to districts: Combined analysis on density variation of Chinese cities in different climate zones', The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 6 3-29 (2010) [C1]
2009Mackee J, 'A buddhist-systems paradigm for conserving cultural built heritage: Development of a conceptual framework for conserving non-secular monuments in South and Southeast Asia', The ICFAI University Journal of Architecture, 1 16-35 (2009) [C1]
2004Briffett C, Obbard J, Mackee J, 'Environmental assessment in Malaysia: a means to an end or a new beginning', Impact assessment and Project Appraisal, 22 221-233 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.3152/147154604781765923
CitationsScopus - 10
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-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Tony Williams, Graham Brewer
2003Briffett C, Obbard J, Mackee J, 'Towards SEA for the developing nations of Asia', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 23 171-196 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1016/S0195-9255(02)00100-2
CitationsScopus - 31
2002Briffett C, Mackee J, 'Environmental assessment in Singapore: An enigma wrapped up in a mystery!', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 20 113-125 (2002)

This paper reviews the status of the environmental assessment (EA) system in Singapore and attempts to evaluate the potential for adoption of strategic environmental assessment (SEA). In Singapore, the colonial legacy of the planning system has resulted in similar processes being adopted to the British planning system and similar resistance to that previously experienced in the UK towards EA. This research indicates that the benefits of EA are not being achieved and that the demise of the natural environment in Singapore is being severely affected as a result. The terminology of SEA is not recognised, although it is claimed that environmental considerations are included in the sophisticated concept planning system that follows a ten-year cycle. Evidence collected suggests that other considerations perceived to be more important relating to economic, technical and social issues far outweigh any emphasis on the environment.

2002Briffett C, Mackee J, 'Environmental Assessment in Singapore: an enigma wrapped up in mystery!', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 20 77-148 (2002) [C1]
2001Mackee J, Obbard J, Briffett C, 'Environmental Assessment in Sri Lanka: Its status and the potential for the introduction of Strategic Environmental Assessment', Journal of Environmental Assessment, Policy and Management, 3 209-240 (2001) [C1]
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Conference (35 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-authorsGraham Brewer, 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-authorsGraham Brewer, Helen Giggins, Thayaparan Gajendran, Jason Vonmeding
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, Jason Vonmeding, Thayaparan Gajendran, Helen Giggins
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, Graham Brewer, Jason Vonmeding, Helen Giggins
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-authorsHelen Giggins, Thayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer, Jason Vonmeding
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-authorsGraham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran, Helen Giggins
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-authorsGraham Brewer, Jason Vonmeding, Thayaparan Gajendran
2013MacKee J, 'Reconceptualising cultural heritage: the adaptive cycle as a means of rebranding the risk and vulnerabilities of cultural built heritage in the face of natural disasters.', International Conference on Building Resilience 2013, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka (2013) [E1]
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, Helen Giggins, Graham Brewer
2012Mackee J, Askland HH, Askew L, 'Maintaining place: Resilience as a means of protecting cultural built heritage in the face of natural disasters, a theoretical overview', RICS COBRA 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsHedda Askland
2011Dong W, Mackee J, Mak MY, 'Establishing the holistic sustainability evaluation framework for Asia-Pacific regions by exploring local practices in China', ACSEE 2011: The Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment Official Conference Proceedings, Osaka (2011) [E2]
Co-authorsMichael Mak
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-authorsThayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer
2011Mackee J, 'Reconceptualising the management of urban regeneration in the Asian region through resilience', COBRA 2011. Proceedings of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Construction and Property Conference, University of Salford, UK (2011) [E1]
2010Shiel JJ, Lehmann S, Mackee J, 'A method for practical zero carbon refurbishments: A residential case study', Solar 2010 Conference Program, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E3]
2010Dong W, Lehmann S, Mackee J, 'COMPARATIVE STUDY ON SUSTAINABILITY OF URBAN INFILL DEVELOPMENT OF SHENZHEN AND WUHAN IN CHINA', PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION (ICSU 2010), Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA (2010) [E1]
Author URL
2010Shiel JJ, Lehmann S, Mackee J, 'Effectiveness of methods to calculate the greenhouse gas emission reduction of residential refurbishments', On the Edge. Conference Papers of the 44th Annual Conference of ANZAScA, Auckland, NZ (2010) [E1]
2010Dong W, Lehmann S, Mackee J, 'Density Variation and Climate Differentiation in China - Comparative Study on Compaction Models for Five Chinese Cities: Harbin, Tianjin, Wuhan, Chongquing and Shenzhen', Gren Fields, Brown Fields, New Fields: Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Urban History, Planning History Conference, Melbourne (2010) [E1]
2010Mackee J, 'Sustaining cultural built heritage in the Asian Region through resilience', Conference Proceeding: International Research Conference on Sustainability in Built Environment, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2010) [E1]
2010Dong W, Lehmann S, Mackee J, 'Comparative study of sustainability of urban infill development of Shenzhen and Wuhan in China', Proceedings of the First International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization (ICSU 2010), Hong Kong (2010) [E1]
2010Dong W, Lehmann S, Mackee J, 'A holistic approach for evaluating sustainable development: Exploring Indigenous approaches in China', Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development: SAUD 2010, The Seventh International Conference of The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region, Amman, Jordan (2010) [E1]
2009Shiel JJ, Lehmann S, Mackee J, 'Reducing greenhouse gases in existing tropical cities', iNTA-SEGA 2009: Conference Programme, Bangkok, Thailand (2009) [E3]
2008Mackee J, 'Sustaining cultural heritage in South and Southeast Asia: integrating Buddhist philosophy systems theory and resilience thinking to support sustainable conservation approaches', Conference Proceedings: BEAR 2008: Building Resilience, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka (2008) [E1]
2007Mackee J, 'An 'Asian' approach to the conservation of non-secular heritage in South and Southeast Asia: The development of a conceptual framework', Asia-Pacific Modernities: History, Theory and Criticism. National PHD Colloquium, Melbourne (2007) [E2]
2007Mackee J, 'Restoring non-secular cultural heritage in South and Southeast Asia in the aftermath of a natural disaster: Integrating system theory and indigenous philosophical and cultural traditions to support sustainable conservation approaches', ICOMOS 2007 Conference Papers, Townsville, QLD (2007) [E2]
2007Mackee J, Hartig KV, 'Foundations for an 'Asian' Approach to Conservation of the Cultural Built Heritage in Asia: A Study of the Cultural and Philosophical Traditions of the Sub-Continent, South and South East Asia', Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2007 Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii (2007) [E1]
2006Mackee J, Hartig KV, 'The Limitations of Western Based Conservation Theory and Policies for Conserving the Cultural Built Heritage in the Sub-Continent, South and South East Asia: A Review of Theory and Philosophical Approaches', 12th IPHS: International Planning History Society Conference Cross National Transfer of Planning Ideas and Local Identity - Book of Abstracts, New Delhi, India (2006) [E3]
2004Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Integrating Reflective Self-Assessment Across the Curriculum', AUBEA, Newcastle NSW (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran, Tony Williams
2004Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Multiple Perspective Assessment to Manage Free Riders in Group Work', AUBEA, Newcastle, NSW (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran, Tony Williams
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-authorsGraham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran, Tony Williams
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-authorsGraham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran
2002Mackee J, Briffett C, 'The Role of Evaluation in Sustaining The Cultural Built Heritage: A Study in the Asian Context', Venice (2002) [E4]
2001Mackee J, Briffett C, 'Evaluation for Sustainable Conservation fo the Cultural Built Heritage: The case of voluntary conservation in Singapore', SUSPLAN 2001 The transformation to Sustainable Planning: Decision-making, models and tools, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. (2001) [E2]
2000MacKee J, Briffett C, 'Evaluating The Sustainability Of The Cultural Built Heritage In The Asian Context: a review and introduction to a study of conservation in Singapore.', Cities and Sustainability: sustaining our cultural heritage, Kandalama, Sri Lanka (2000)
2000MacKee J, Briffett C, 'Planning Nature Conservation Strategies To Meet Sustainable Needs In Cities.', Cities and Sustainability: sustaining our cultural heritage, Kandalama, Sri Lanka (2000)
2000MacKee J, Briffett C, 'Using Community Impact Evaluation to Support Continuing Conservation in Singapore.', Proceedings of The Second International Conference on Quality of Life in Cities, Singapore (2000)
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Report (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Briffett C, Obbard J, MacKee J, 'Final Report for the E.A.R.T.H Project, The Potential for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Asia', School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 61 (2001)
2001Briffett C, MacKee J, Obbard J, 'Philippines Country Report for the E.A.R.T.H Project, The Potential for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Asia', School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 51 (2001)
2001Briffett C, MacKee J, Obbard J, 'Philippines Country Report for the E.A.R.T.H Project, The Potential for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Asia', School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 51 (2001)
2001MacKee J, Briffett C, Obbard J, 'Sri Lanka Country Report for the E.A.R.T.H Project, The Potential for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Asia', School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 46 (2001)
2001Briffett C, Obbard J, MacKee J, 'Malaysian Country Report for the E.A.R.T.H Project, The Potential for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Asia', School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 51 (2001)
2001Briffett C, MacKee J, Obbard J, 'Singapore Country Report for the E.A.R.T.H Project, The Potential for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Asia', School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 51 (2001)
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Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008MacKee J, A Conceptual Framework for the Conservation of Non-Secular Built Heritage in South and Southeast Asia: An alternative paradigm based on the philosophical and cultural experiences of the region., University of Newcastle (2008)
2000MacKee J, A Community Impact Evaluation of Conservation Areas in Singapore., National University of Singapore (2000)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants21
Total funding$289,940

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20147 grants / $147,088

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

Asia Outbound Short Term Mobility Grant$21,500

This funding is awarded for Studentsof teh School of Architecture and Built Environment to undertake a study tour for the Philippines.
Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding bodyDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team
SchemeAsia Outbound Short Term Mobility Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2016
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Asia Outbound Short Term Mobility Grant$21,500

This grant has been awarded to support Students from the School of Architecture and Built Environment to travel on a study tour to China, Beijing Normal University.
Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding bodyDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team
SchemeAsia Outbound Short Term Mobility Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2016
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Our past in the Future: Measuring and Mapping the impacts of climate change on the historic built environment of Newcastle $13,588

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Jason Von Meding
SchemePilot Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400976
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
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 / $9,624

Kupa-impari or ‘talking to’ communities: Improved design and maintenance protocols to support resilient Indigenous housing$9,624

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Dennis Foley, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Tessa Morrison, Mr Trevor Hilaire
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300988
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20123 grants / $29,394

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

Pilot Linkage: Developing a Model of Collaboration for Intercultural Practice$10,000

Funding body: NSW Architects Registration Board

Funding bodyNSW Architects Registration Board
Project TeamDoctor Neena Mand, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Professor Anthony Williams, Professor Lawrence Nield, Mr Satvir Mand
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200855
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101160
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $14,036

World Heritage Architecture & Archaeological Survey and Development: Pilot study of a Roman City named Bosra $14,036

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamMr Roger Ackland, Doctor Steven Fleming, Doctor Jamie MacKee
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0900006
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20082 grants / $3,016

BEAR 2008, Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka, 10/2/2008 - 15/2/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188549
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

3rd International Symposium on Architecture and Culture in Suvarnabhumi (ISACS), Faculty of Architecture, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen Province, Thialand, 20/10/2008 - 26/10/2008$1,316

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189333
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20071 grants / $6,500

Independent Investigators Project Grant Scheme$6,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20061 grants / $1,500

12th International Planning History Conference - 2006, New Delhi, India, 13/12/2006 - 14/12/2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0187051
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20041 grants / $10,000

Investigation of the work, policies and impact of European based international bodies such as UNESCO and ICOMOS on Sri Lankan conservation$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184663
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $490

Working Together: 28th Australasian Building Educators Association, Geelong, Victoria 9 - 11 July, 2003$490

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183124
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20021 grants / $3,560

A study of the history, policies and current status of conservation concerned with ancient monuments in Sri Lanka$3,560

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182020
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20011 grants / $2,400

SUSPLAN 2001, UK 29 Aug - 1 Sept 2001$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0180991
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19991 grants / $62,332

The E.A.R.T.H Project, The Potential for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Asia$62,332

The project investigated the potential for the implementation of Strategic Environmental Assessment in the Asian region.
Funding body: The National University of Singapore

Funding bodyThe National University of Singapore
Project Team
SchemeNational University of Singapore internal grant scheme
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish2001
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Tectonic Potentials in Native Australian Timbers
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014Key Elements of Sustainability in Iran Architecture
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2014Community Participation in Urban Revitalization Projects in Developing Countries
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2013Methods For Developing Built Environment (Land Use) Plans to Ameliorate the Effects of Natural Disasters (e.g. Tsunami or Earthquake or Bushfire)
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013Regenerating Chinese Cities: A Framework for Sustainable Decision Making based on Chinese Traditional Philosophy
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2011Integrating Indigenous and Modern Heritage Conservation Practice: A Case Study of the Guthis in Nepal
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2008A Model for Passive Cooling Strategies for the Design of Multi-Level Educational Buildings for the Hot Humid Climate of Papua New Guinea
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Jamie MacKee

Position

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

Focus area

Construction Management (Building)

Contact Details

Emailjamie.mackee@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 7451
Fax(02) 4921 6913

Office

RoomA114
BuildingArchitecture
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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