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Dr Jason Von Meding

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Dealing with disaster

Dr Jason von Meding's recent research has focused on the barriers that non-government organisations (NGOs) face in disaster recovery and the reduction in overall project success that arises from lack of competency in essential areas.

Dr Jason von Meding 

As the world faces more frequent and devastating disasters, it is apparent that the many organisations involved in disaster response need to be well prepared for post-disaster reconstruction with competence in disaster management, strategic management and project management. Jason's research addresses the competencies NGOs require in order to develop and implement strategies to address these barriers, and the tools that effectively model competency and predict success for the organisations involved in disaster response and recovery. The aim of the research is to define best practice for NGOs, particularly relating to staff capabilities and create the tools to effectively implement change.

Jason came to the University of Newcastle in 2013 after a number of years teaching and tutoring at Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he also undertook his undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. He currently holds the position within the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment of Head of Discipline (Construction Management) and Senior Lecturer within the School of Architecture and Built Environment. He has published over 50 academic articles and secured over $1.3 million in research funding in his career to date.

Following his move to Australia, Jason established the Disaster and Development Research Group within the University, and now fosters collaborative group activities and supervises postgraduate students in disaster and hazard related areas. In 2014, he led successful bids within this group for Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Office for Learning and Teaching project funding. Jason also founded and continues to coordinate CIB W120 Disasters and the Built Environment, a global collective of his research peers.

With funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jason established the Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network under the aegis of the Disaster and Development Research Group. A collaboration between the University of Newcastle, Beijing Normal University (China) and Ming Chuan University (Chinese Taipei), REACT aims to facilitate lasting collaboration in the area of disaster resilience including initiating a regional resilience education movement and enabling network partners to strategically lead wider initiatives that protect society from shocks to physical, socio-cultural, politico-economic and natural systems. The Network also aims to develop research collaboration expertise to seek future funding at national and international level, as well as producing interdisciplinary research publications and resilience education initiatives.

Jason engages in humanitarian consultancy for organisations such as Osman Consulting, for whom he heads up Academic Collaborations and Knowledge Transfer. He is regularly invited to speak at international events and conducts disaster management training and organises conferences around the world, including the 'Built Environment DRR Research Forum, to be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015, and the 5th International Building Resilience Conference to be held at the University of Newcastle in July 2015.

In recognition of his work since arriving at the University, Jason was awarded a Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Research Award in 2014.

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Jason von Meding is Head of Discipline (Construction Management) and Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research interests include disaster resilience, BIM, strategic management and international construction. He collaborates with a range of industrial and humanitarian partners, and has cultivated a growing international reputation as an emerging researcher in his field. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, acts as a reviewer for various international publications and has been invited to participate in various scientific committees related to his areas of expertise. In his career to date, he has successfully secured over a million dollars in external research funding and has proven leadership capabilities in both program administration and as part of a research unit.

Since his appointment at the University of Newcastle, he has established the Disaster and Development Research Group, recruited a team of RHD students to the group and founded the Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network, with funding from DFAT. He is coordinator of CIB W120 Disasters and the Built Environment, a collective of his research peers, and engages in external humanitarian consultancy.

Research Expertise
Jason has conducted extensive research endeavors in a range of areas including disaster resilience, strategic management and international construction, collaborating with a range of industrial and humanitarian partners. He is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, acts as a reviewer for various international publications and has been invited to participate in scientific committees related to his areas of expertise. Jason has successfully secured over a million dollars in the UK in external research funding and is experienced in the composition of successful research proposals.

Teaching Expertise
Jason has been teaching and tutoring in a university environment since 2006, and before UofN he was on faculty at Queen's University Belfast in the UK. He has experience in the delivery of content including research methods, construction and project management, disaster resilience, post-disaster reconstruction and organisational behaviour and strategy.

Administrative Expertise
Jason has demonstrated leadership capabilities in both programme administration and as part of a research unit. He previously led the research team in Construction Management at Queen's University Belfast before his appointment at University of Newcastle, and was heavily involved in the administration of the Masters programme in Construction and Project Management at QUB. At UoN, Jason is course coordinator for ARBE6604 Professional Practice in Post-Disaster Management, ARBE4302 Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment and ARBE4121B Research in the Built Environment B.

Other Responsibilities: • International Student Recruitment in Asia • School Marketing Committee Member • PhD/Masters Confirmation and Upgrade Chair and Committee Member Positions • Research Ethics Application Reviewer

Collaborations
Jason has established links with various humanitarian sector agencies through field research in South-East Asia, and is meanwhile actively collaborating with several international research networks and organisations: i-Rec, University of Montreal ANDROID, EU resilience network UNISDR, Geneva Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, USA CIB W120 Disasters and the Built Environment In addition, his research in BIM has enabled the creation of links within the UK construction industry with several commercial partners.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Disaster Construction Management), Queens University of Belfast - Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)(Architecture), Queens University of Belfast - Ireland
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Queens University of Belfast - Ireland

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Construction Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Post-Disaster Reconstruction
  • Project Management
  • Resilience
  • Risk Governance
  • Systems

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
040604 Natural Hazards 30
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 40
150312 Organisational Planning and Management 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 -  Member Disaster Resilience Conference 2015 Organising Committee
Australia
1/11/2013 -  Guest Editor Special Issue of the International Journal of Architecture Research (IJAR)
Australia
1/11/2013 -  Co-ordinator CIB W120 (Working Commission on Disasters and the Built Environment)
Australia
1/11/2011 - 1/03/2013 Member Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2013 Organising Committee
Viet Nam
1/07/2010 - 1/04/2013 Lecturer Queen's University Belfast
School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering
United Kingdom

Awards

Distinction

Year Award
2014 Literati Award Winner 2014: Built Environment Project and Asset Management
Unknown

Research Award

Year Award
2014 Pro Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Performance
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Invitations

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2014 Building Resilience through Building Information Modeling
Organisation: University of Auckland
2014 Building Resilience through Building Information Modeling
Organisation: University of Auckland
2013 Disaster and Development Research
Organisation: Ministry of Construction Description: Delivered seminars on disaster management research in Vietnamese institutions (National University of Civil Engineering, Ministry of Construction, Disaster Management Centre, Hanoi Architectural University, Ho Chi Minh City Architectural University, Banking University), November 2013.
2011 Critical Success Factors for Construction Quality in Brunei Darussalam
Organisation: National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi Description: Delivery of special seminars on construction project management at NUCE, November 2011.
2011 Emergency Management in Developed vs Developing Countries
Organisation: Architecture Sans Frontières – UK Description: Delivery of seminar at Architecture Sans Frontieres Summer School.
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Publications

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


Journal article (22 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Bosher L, Johnson C, Von Meding JK, 'Reducing disaster risk in cities: moving towards a new set of skills', Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering, 99-99 (2015)
DOI 10.1680/cein.2015.168.3.97
2015 Cook L, Von Meding JK, 'Measuring Ecological Health in Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction', Environmental Science and Policy, xx-xx (2015)
2014 von Meding J, Oyedele L, Bruen J, 'Linking Organisational Competency to Project Success in Post-Disaster Reconstruction', Open House International, 39 9-18 (2014) [C1]
2014 Konanahalli A, Oyedele L, Spillane J, Coates R, Von Meding JK, Ebohon J, 'Cross-Cultural Intelligence (CQ): It's Impact on British Expatriates Adjustment in International Construction Projects', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 7 423-448 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/IJMPB-10-2012-0062
2013 Yilmaz DG, Von Meding J, Erk GK, 'Post-Earthquake Damage Assessment Process and Problems in Turkey - A Case Study in Van Province', DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OF STRUCTURES X, PTS 1 AND 2, 569-570 310-318 (2013)
DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.569-570.310
2013 Bruen J, Hadjri K, Von Meding J, 'Design Drivers for Affordable and Sustainable housing in Developing Countries', The Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 7 1220-1228 (2013) [C2]
2013 Spillane J, Oyedele L, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, Jaiyeob B, Tijani I, 'Critical factors affecting management of site operatives and personnel in confined construction site', International Journal of Information Technology Project Management, 4 92-108 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.4018/jitpm.2013040106
2013 Brewer 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]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2013 Von 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-authors Jamie Mackee, Thayaparan Gajendran
2013 Yilmaz D, Von Meding JK, Kirkmaz Erk G, 'A Theoretical Approach to the Design of a Survey Instrument in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Defining Indicators for a Human-Based Study in Rural Built-Environment', International Journal of Architectural Research, 7 40-56 (2013) [C1]
2013 Bruen J, Von Meding JK, Hadjri K, 'An Analysis of an International NGOs Design Decision Making in Post-Disaster Developing Country Context: A Sri Lanka Case Study', International Journal of Architectural Research, 7 130-145 (2013) [C1]
2013 Oyedele L, Regan M, Von Meding JK, Ahmed A, Ebohan J, Elnokaly A, 'Reducing Waste to Landfill in the UK: Identifying Impediments and Critical Solutions', Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Dev, 10 131-142 (2013) [C1]
2013 Von Meding JK, McAllister K, Oyedele L, Kelly K, 'A Framework for Stakeholder Management and Corporate Culture', Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 3 21-41 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/BEPAM-07-2012-0042
Citations Scopus - 1
2012 Von Meding JK, 'Emergency Management in Developed Countries: An Investigation of Hazard Risk, Vulnerability and Government Response in the UK and USA', Journal of Disaster Advances, 5 921-927 (2012) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 2
2012 Konanahalli A, Oyedele L, Coates R, Von Meding JK, Spillane J, 'International Projects and Cross-cultural Adjustment of British Expatriates in Middle-East: A qualitative investigation of influencing factors', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 12 31-54 (2012) [C1]
2012 Spillane J, Oyedele L, Von Meding JK, 'An empirical analysis of factors impacting health and safety management in confined construction site', Journal of Engineering Design and Technology, 10 397-420 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2012 Von Meding JK, Oyedele L, Cleland D, McGrath R, Bruen J, 'A Competence-Based Post-Disaster Reconstruction Process', The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, 2 51-66 (2012) [C1]
2011 Spillane J, Oyedele L, Hande E, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, Jaiyeob B, Tijani I, 'Mediation within Irish Construction Industry: Identifying Success Factors for Appropriate Competencies and Processes', Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution, 3 142-150 (2011) [C1]
2011 Spillane J, Oyedele L, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, Jaiyeob B, Tijani I, 'Confined site construction: A qualitative investigation of critical issues affecting management of health and safety', Journal of Civil Engineering & Construction Tech., 2 138-146 (2011) [C1]
2011 Spillane J, Oyedele L, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, Jaiyeob B, Tijani I, 'Challenges of UK/Irish contractors regarding material management and logistics in confined construction site', International Journal of Construction Supply Chain, 1 25-42 (2011) [C1]
2011 Von Meding JK, Oyedele L, Cleland D, 'Mapping NGO Competency to Reduce Human Vulnerability in Post-disaster Communities: Comparing Strategies in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh', International Journal of the Humanities, 8 119-138 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2009 Von Meding JK, Oyedele L, Cleland D, 'Developing NGO competencies in post-disaster reconstruction: a theoretical framework', Journal of Disaster Advances, 2 36-45 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 7
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Conference (33 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Jamie Mackee, Helen Giggins, Graham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran
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 Helen Giggins, Thayaparan Gajendran, Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer
2014 Luu TDC, Von Meding J, Kanjanabootra S, Luu CH, 'Flood mitigation through hydropower dam management in Vietnam', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E3]

Vietnam is vulnerable to multiple hazards, particularly in the central region. Flood damage statistics show that this part of the country is impacted by both unfavourable terrain,... [more]

Vietnam is vulnerable to multiple hazards, particularly in the central region. Flood damage statistics show that this part of the country is impacted by both unfavourable terrain, and human interference leading to environmental damage. Such damage is often a result of poorly planned and managed forestry and hydropower plants. This paper examines the key vulnerabilities present in Vietnam while investigating the key problems in the development of hydropower in Vietnam; environmental impacts, design and construction of dams and the operation of dams.

Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
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, Thayaparan Gajendran, Helen Giggins, Graham Brewer
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, Thayaparan Gajendran, Helen Giggins, Graham Brewer
2014 Luu TDC, Von Meding J, Kanjanabootra S, Luu CH, 'Flood mitigation through hydropower dam management in Vietnam', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

Vietnam is vulnerable to multiple hazards, particularly in the central region. Flood damage statistics show that this part of the country is impacted by both unfavourable terrain,... [more]

Vietnam is vulnerable to multiple hazards, particularly in the central region. Flood damage statistics show that this part of the country is impacted by both unfavourable terrain, and human interference leading to environmental damage. Such damage is often a result of poorly planned and managed forestry and hydropower plants. This paper examines the key vulnerabilities present in Vietnam while investigating the key problems in the development of hydropower in Vietnam; environmental impacts, design and construction of dams and the operation of dams.

Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
2014 Luu TDC, Von Meding J, Kanjanabootra S, Luu CH, 'Flood mitigation through hydropower dam management in Vietnam', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

Vietnam is vulnerable to multiple hazards, particularly in the central region. Flood damage statistics show that this part of the country is impacted by both unfavourable terrain,... [more]

Vietnam is vulnerable to multiple hazards, particularly in the central region. Flood damage statistics show that this part of the country is impacted by both unfavourable terrain, and human interference leading to environmental damage. Such damage is often a result of poorly planned and managed forestry and hydropower plants. This paper examines the key vulnerabilities present in Vietnam while investigating the key problems in the development of hydropower in Vietnam; environmental impacts, design and construction of dams and the operation of dams.

Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
2014 Spillane JP, Flood M, Oyedele LO, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, 'Urban high-density construction sites and their surrounding community: Issues encountered and strategies adopted by contractors', Proceedings 29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013 (2014) [E1]

Inner city developments are a common feature within many urban environments. Where these construction sites are not managed effectively, they can negatively impact their surroundi... [more]

Inner city developments are a common feature within many urban environments. Where these construction sites are not managed effectively, they can negatively impact their surrounding community. The aim of this paper is to identify and document, in an urban context, the numerous issues encounter and subsequent strategies adopted by on-site contractors and local people, in the mitigation of factors which negatively impact their surrounding community. The objectives in achieving this aim are to identify what effect, if any, an urban construction site has on its surrounding environment, the issues and resulting strategies adopted by contractors on the factors identified, and also what measures are put in place to minimise such disturbances to the local community. In order to meet the requirements, a mixed methodology is adopted culminating in a literature review, case study analysis, contractor and community interviews, concluding in the development of two specific questions for both perspectives in question. The data is assessed using severity indices based on mean testing in the development of key findings. The results indicate that the main forms of disturbance to the local community from an urban development include noise, dust and traffic congestion. With respect to a contractor on-site, the key issues include damaging surrounding buildings, noise control and off-site parking. The resulting strategies identified in the mitigation of such issues include the implementation of noise and dust containment measures and minimising disruption to local infrastructure. It is envisaged that the results of this study will provide contractors operating in such environments, with the required information which can assist in minimising disruption and therefore, avoiding disputes with the local community members. By consulting with and surveying those most affected, this research will illustrate to on-site management, the difficulties faced by those who accommodate such developments within their living environment.

2014 Luu DC, Von Meding JK, 'Hydropower development and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in Vietnam: current practice and shortcomings', Proceedings of 37th WEDC International Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam (2014)
2014 Brewer 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]
DOI 10.1016/S2212-5671(14)00971-X
Co-authors Helen Giggins, Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran
2014 Forino G, von Meding J, Brewer G, Gajendran T, 'Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Policy in Australia', Procedia Economics and Finance (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1016/S2212-5671(14)00965-4
Co-authors Graham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran
2013 Von Meding JK, Campbell M, 'Strategy Formation in Post-Disaster Reconstruction', 6th i-Rec Conference, Ascona, Switzerland (2013) [E3]
2013 Barrett S, Treacy M, O'Reilly B, Spillane J, Lim J, Von Meding JK, et al., 'Early Implementation of BIM into a Cold-Formed Steel Design/ Fabricator and an Architectural/Planning Consultancy', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2013) [E1]
2013 von 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]
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran, Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer
2013 Von Meding JK, McVeigh A, Amiri Z, Burke C, 'Engaging the commercial construction industry in a post-disaster context', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2013) [E1]
2013 Spillane J, Noonan M, Oyedele L, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, 'Meeting the Requirements of the CDM Regulations: Identification of Critical Success Factors of Small to Medium Sized Contractors¿ Compliance in the UK Construction Industry', RICS COBRA 2013, New Delhi, India (2013) [E3]
2013 Spillane J, Cahill G, Oyedele L, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, 'Supply Chain Management in Confined Site Construction: Strategies to Reduce Delay in the Delivery of Materials to Site', RICS COBRA 2013, New Delhi, India (2013) [E3]
2013 Phan DT, Lim J, Nanukuttan S, Von Meding JK, 'Optimal Design of Cold-Formed Steel Portal Frames Accounting for Building Topology Effect', SBE2013, Hanoi, Vietnam (2013) [E3]
2013 Spillane J, Hanna T, Oyedele L, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, 'Construction Industry Attitudes to Global Environmental Change: A Comparison with the United Kingdom and Japan', SBE2013, Hanoi, Vietnam (2013) [E3]
2013 McGrath R, Von Meding JK, Oyedele L, McAllister K, Spillane J, Bruen J, 'A Community Driven Approach to Reconstruction Management', SBE2013, Hanoi, Vietnam (2013) [E3]
2013 Bruen J, Von Meding JK, Hadjri K, 'An analysis of International NGOs Design Decision Making for Housing Reconstruction in Developing Country Contexts', SBE2013, Hanoi, Vietnam (2013) [E3]
2013 Von Meding JK, Pg Maidi DSN, Spillane J, Bruen J, McGrath R, 'Critical Success Factors of Construction Project Quality in Brunei Darussalam', SBE2013, Hanoi, Vietnam (2013) [E3]
2013 Von Meding JK, Shek YM, Spillane J, Konanahalli A, 'Factors influencing the implementation of site waste management plans on UK projects of all sizes', RICS COBRA 2013. Proceedings of Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference, New Delhi, India (2013) [E1]
2012 Von Meding JK, Kelly K, Oyedele L, Spillane J, 'Stakeholder Management and Corporate Culture in the UK Construction Industry', COBRA 2012, Las Vegas, USA (2012) [E3]
2012 Oyedele L, Regan M, Von Meding JK, Spillane J, Olawale K, Konanahalli A, 'Achieving the UK Government Target of Halving Construction Waste to Landfill by 2012', COBRA 2012, Las Vegas, USA (2012) [E3]
2012 McGrath R, Von Meding J, Oyedele L, Cleland D, 'A community-driven approach to post-disaster reconstruction', Proceedings of the 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society, IDRC Davos 2012 (2012)

It has been said that a major disaster effectively condenses a potential 20 years of rebuilding into a few years of reconstruction, presenting inherent environmental and social, i... [more]

It has been said that a major disaster effectively condenses a potential 20 years of rebuilding into a few years of reconstruction, presenting inherent environmental and social, impacts and risks (DRM, 2011). The rapid response to reconstruction efforts neccessary can compromise the standard of building and the ability to meet immediate needs. Projects not carefully considered at the outset may neglect the opportunity to improve long-term physical and social community structures. Measures must be in place to ensure that, while aiming to meet reconstruction needs as rapidly as possible, pre-disaster building standards are improved and the risk of re-occurring disaster impacts are reduced through both the physical structures and the capacity of the community who inhabit them. While post-disaster reconstruction offers an opportunity to innovate and improve upon existing building practices, new concepts must be balanced against local skills, cultures, and long-term development (Da Silva, 2010). This form of informed response demands a high quantity of up-to-date and relevant information relating to the post-disaster scenario and the local context, ensuring that a communities' long term, as well as immediate resources and capabilities drive reconstruction efforts, as these will in the end be what sustains them. The paper investigates the justification for a community-driven approach to reconstruction in a post-disaster scenario, exploring how it would address the key issues facing those affected and the limitations that restrict its application. It aims to provide guidance for humanitarian reconstruction actors by exploring a strategy that would ensure that communities are empowered by development of their construction capabilities as well as the physical structures that they inhabit.

2011 Spillane JP, Oyedele LO, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, 'Confined site construction: A qualitative review of issues regarding health and safety on-site', Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2011 - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, Bristol, UK (2011) [E1]
2011 Konanahalli A, Oyedele LO, Von Meding JK, Spillane JP, 'Organisational, host country and work factors influencing a British expatriate's adjustment on international architectural engineering and construction projects', Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2011 - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, Bristol, United Kingdom (2011) [E1]
2011 Spillane JP, Oyedele LO, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, Hande E, 'A review of mediation in the Irish construction industry: Critical success factors in competencies and processes', COBRA 2011 - Proceedings of RICS Construction and Property Conference, Salford, United Kingdom (2011) [E1]
2011 Konanahalli A, Oyedele LO, Von Meding JK, Spillane JP, 'UK expatriate's skills and competencies influencing their cross-cultural adjustment on international architectural engineering and construction assignments', COBRA 2011 - Proceedings of RICS Construction and Property Conference, Salford, United Kingdom (2011) [E1]
2010 Spillane JP, O'Oyedele L, Von Meding JK, Konanahalli A, 'Material management within confined construction sites', COBRA 2010 - Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Paris, France (2010) [E1]
2009 Von Meding JK, Oyedele L, Cleland D, Harris V, 'Dynamic competency theory in post-disaster reconstruction', Proceedings of CIB International Conference 'Building Abroad - Procurement of construction and reconstruction projects in the international context', Montreal (2009) [E1]
2008 Von Meding JK, Oyedele L, 'Flooding in New Orleans, USA and Hull City, UK: Comparing Disaster Management Strategies', Proceedings of CIB International Conference in Building Education and Research (BEAR 2008), Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka (2008) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 13
Total funding $3,188,843

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20152 grants / $1,790,000

Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation (ADERSIM)$1,740,000

Funding body: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Funding body Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Project Team
Scheme CREATE Industry Stream
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

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 body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Doctor Helen Giggins, Dr Vanessa Cooper
Scheme Seed Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401485
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20146 grants / $125,588

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

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team Doctor 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
Scheme Australia-China Council Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400533
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team Doctor 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
Scheme Australia-China Council Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400533
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Asia Outbound Short Term Mobility Grant$21,500

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team
Scheme Asia Outbound Short Term Mobility Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Jason Von Meding
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400976
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Connecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence
Project Team Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Jamie MacKee
Scheme Priming Grants
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401135
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

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 body Connecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence
Project Team Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Jamie MacKee
Scheme Priming Grants
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401135
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20134 grants / $1,200,606

Supply Chain Collaborative BIM System for Minimizing Construction Waste in Design$1,008,640

The UK construction industry generates 32% of landfill wastes (WRAP, 2007). Despite existing research that the best form of waste strategy is minimization which can be best achieved during design stage of a building, there is currently no tool that designers and contractors can use to successfully predict and reduce construction waste at design phase. The aim of this project is to develop an intelligent BIM system using early supply chain involvement to tackle the problem at holistic level, by designing at all the 6 waste spectrums. These include (i) prediction of quantities and identifying sources of waste at design stage, (ii) material re?use and recovery, (iii) material optimisation (iv) off?site construction, (v) waste efficient procurement and, (vi) deconstruction and flexibility. The BIM system uses innovative Data Mining and Knowledge discovery techniques with heuristic?based search optimization. It is about achieving collaborative waste minimization in design and not waste management after it has occurred.

Funding body: Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland

Funding body Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland
Project Team
Scheme Rethinking the build process
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Embedded BIM Systems for Architectural Practice$185,766

The project brings together an architectural design practice, eager to enhance their organisational capacity to lead international collaborative teams through the embedding of smart BIM systems, and an academic team, pushing forward into the barriers of BIM knowledge and possessing valuable expertise with the potential to impact the commercial success of the architectural firm.

Funding body: Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland

Funding body Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland
Project Team
Scheme Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

Linking Organisational Competency to Successful Outcomes in Project-Based Activities$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jason Von Meding
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301264
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

6th International REC Conference Centro, Switzerland 26-30 May 2013.$1,200

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Jason Von Meding
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300792
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $72,649

NGO competence-based framework for delivery of post-disaster reconstruction projects$72,649

With the expected increase in the magnitude and frequency of natural disasters in coming years, more people than ever will be faced with post-disaster reconstruction (PDR) scenarios. Within a complex and turbulent environment it is essential that responding agencies deploy appropriate configurations of competencies to mitigate project barriers that arise. The objectives of this research are a) to examine how theory from disaster management, strategic management and project management can be integrated to develop a theoretical framework for the delivery of PDR projects, b) to investigate current practices of NGOs in delivery of PDR projects, c) to identify appropriate competencies to be deployed by NGOs, including the various configurations that will lead to successful PDR projects and d) to develop a competence-based framework derived from a system dynamics model that will lead to more efficient and effective projects in PDR. Within a mixed-methods approach, the study incorporates 4 case studies in post-tsunami Sri Lanka and 4 case studies in post-cyclone Sidr Bangladesh. Exploratory interviews with expert NGO participants are combined with direct observations, with the resultant data analysed in Decision Explorer. An embedded quantitative element within the case studies allows values to be assigned to a system dynamics model, with mechanisms emerging that contribute to the final theoretical model. The study reveals that NGOs face numerous barriers; organisational, political, economic, ethical, community, professional and environmental. In order to effectively develop and implement strategies to address these barriers, organisations must deploy certain configurations of organisational and operational competencies. These competencies have been categorised into the following clusters: leadership, communication/presentation, creative drive, technical, co-operation, analysis/judgement, organization, adaptation. The theoretical framework and system dynamics model demonstrate how the utilisation of these competencies, deployed in targeted clusters, has the potential to create positive outcomes for beneficiaries as measured by PDR Project Success Indicators (PDRPSIs).

Funding body: Department of Education and Learning

Funding body Department of Education and Learning
Project Team
Scheme Higher Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed33
Current7

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.6
PhD2.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Masters Resilience-Enabling Technologies: The Role of Strength-Based Participation in Developing Appropriate Technology.
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Developing a Strategic Flood Mitigation Collaborative Framework for Vietnam
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Slow-onset Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Mitigation Policy in Australia
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Towards Developing Viable Strategic Framework to Combat Inadequate Housing: A Case of Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Light-weight steel structures for disaster relief
Civil Engineering, Queen's University Belfast
Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD A Community Driven Approach to Reconstruction Management in a Post-Disaster Scenario
Architecture and Building, Queen's University Belfast
Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD Design of improved low-cost sustainable housing to meet housing shortages in developing countries: A decision making framework
Architecture and Building, Queen's University Belfast
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Rural Transformation In Eastern Turkey: An Investigation of dwellers’ adaptation to state-built post-earthquake permanent housing projects
Architecture and Building, Queen's University Belfast
Principal Supervisor
2012 Masters Competency-Based Modelling and Human Resource Development in the Chinese Construction Industry
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters NGO Management of Post-disaster Migration and Resettlement
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters Barriers Affecting the Adoption of Sustainable Construction in Post-Disaster Reconstruction
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters Construction Industry Attitudes towards Environmental Challenges: A Global Comparison
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters Resilience of buildings in areas of seismic risk in Turkey
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters The Significance of the Recession on Organisational Culture and its Impact on People and Project Success
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters NAMA- A Grey Cloud or Silver Lining for the Irish and Northern Irish Construction Industries
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters Critical drivers of strategy formation in post-disaster reconstruction
Building Construction Managmnt, Unknown
Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters The Impact of Disaster Response Actors on Vulnerability Reduction and Building Community Resilience
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainable Renewable Energy Solutions in Disaster Relief & Recovery
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Quantifying the Benefits to Construction Firms of Implementing SWMP on Projects of Any Size
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters The Management of Professional PM Development through the Integration of Competency Modelling
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Critical Project Management Activities That Add Value to Projects
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Corporate Culture and Stakeholder Management in the UK Construction Industry
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Energy Efficiency Training and Practice in Northern Ireland Construction Firms
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Adding Value to Organisations through Project Manager Core Competency
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Disaster Preparedness Through Educational Facility Design
Arch & Urban Environment, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Mechanisms for Organisational Learning within the UK Construction Industry
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Post-disaster Migration and Resettlement: A Strategic Framework for NGO Support
Arch & Urban Environment, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters The Financial Incentives of the Involvement of Construction Companies in Post-Disaster Reconstruction
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Sustainable Procurement in UK Councils: Commonalities in Individual Council Approaches
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters The Impact of Humanitarian Aid Agencies Post-Disaster Activities in Japan and Pakistan on Community Resilience
Arch & Urban Environment, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters Critical Success Factors and Barriers to Construction Quality in Brunei Darussalam
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters Strategies implemented by construction firms in Northern Ireland to achieve Competitive Advantage during recession
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters Adaptation among Northern Irish Construction Firms during the Recession
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters The Application of Construction Industry Knowledge in Post-Disaster Reconstruction
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters Critical Project Risk Factors for Contractors
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters Surviving the Recession: Delivering Cost Savings in Facilities Management
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters Factors Influencing Learning and Change within Jordanian Construction Firms
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters Mechanisms for Organisational Learning within the Partnering Construction Industry (UK) and the Implementation of Change
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters Investigating the Delay of Construction Projects in Brunei Darussalam
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
2010 Masters Effective Human Resource Development and its Relationship with Capacity Building in Northern Ireland Construction Consultancies
Building Construction Managmnt, Queen's University Belfast
Sole Supervisor
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News

Funding success for Construction Management Researchers

Funding Success for Construction Management Researchers

August 13, 2014

A research team from Construction Management, led by Dr Jason von Meding, have successfully secured funding of $38,250 from the Australia China Council to establish the REACT Network.

Dr Jason Von Meding

Position

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

Contact Details

Email jason.vonmeding@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6481
Fax (02) 4921 XXXX

Office

Room AG-04
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