Dr Jason Von Meding

Dr Jason Von Meding

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Moving people from the margins to prevent disaster

Dr Jason von Meding’s recent research focuses on the social, political, economic and environmental injustice that causes people, across global societies but particularly in the developing world, to be marginalised and forced into greater risk of being impacted by disasters.

Having accumulated a decade of research experience in the field of disaster science, Jason takes a critical approach to disaster scholarship and argues for an acceptance of disasters as social constructs rather than natural events. He follows in the intellectual vein of pioneers in the field such as Ben Wisner and Anthony Oliver-Smith and works alongside contemporaries at the radical end of resilience and disaster risk reduction literature.

“What I hope that we are trying to do in my field is connecting the dots between historical and systemic conditions that have led to vulnerability and to risk. We are not doing this successfully yet, because what we are seeing is an increased creation of new risk.”

Disasters are not natural

Jason uses his work to “draw attention to the fact that disasters can be combatted by looking at some of the reasons why people are vulnerable.” He aims “to make sure that people stop focusing on the earthquake or the flood or the tsunami as the cause of what they might think of as a ‘natural’ disaster.” 


“Disasters happen because of the decisions that we make, or because of decisions that were made in the past as societies were constructed, as people were pushed to the margins of society and forced to live in very prone conditions.

Jason believes strongly in the need to explore new communication methods in order to reach a broader audience. His feature length documentary DEVIATE is currently in production and brings together many of his core intellectual arguments about disasters through story.

He says that he is encouraged to “find a lot of people who are looking for creative ways to reach others with knowledge,” in his field. He was inspired to make the movie in order to communicate about “issues that are related to disasters in a language that they can understand.”

Helping organisations to respond to disasters with sensitivity

Jason is working with Save the Children to explore urban flooding impacts on schools in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Thailand. He has leveraged existing regional research networks to bring together a strong consortium for the funded project.

Jason says ,“ I think that it is critical that universities build stronger links with NGOs like Save the Children. We can bring that richness of different perspectives and different cultures together.”

The research investigated 9 schools in the region, collecting data from over 90 interviews and 50 focus groups. The results will be used to guide agencies and practitioners in the region working on comprehensive school safety, particularly in reducing disaster risk.

It is imperative that researchers come together and collaborate across disciplines to protect children and protect facilities, and to ensure continuity in education,” he continues. “The results of the project can really support ongoing work to make schools safe.”

Relationships leading to action on disaster risk in Asia-Pacific and beyond


With funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jason has spearheaded the establishment of a resilience education network across South-East Asia and the Far East, with planned expansion into Latin America.

His portfolio of projects in this area is driven by a vision to create lasting collaboration in the area of disaster resilience between leading providers of higher education and to enable network partners to strategically lead wider initiatives that protect society from shocks to physical, socio-cultural, politico-economic and natural systems.

He also relishes teaching into the Masters of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development at UON and supervising around a dozen PhD candidates at any time. His research and advocacy efforts across multiple dimensions of disaster research are contributing to an exciting and dynamic culture in the Disaster and Development research group.

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Jason von Meding is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia and leads the Disaster and Development Research Group in the School of Architecture & Built Environment. His research focuses on the social, political, economic and environmental injustice that causes people, across global societies but particularly in the developing world, to be marginalised and forced into greater risk of being impacted by disasters. Having accumulated a decade of research experience in disaster science, Jason takes a critical approach to the field and continues to argue that disasters are socially constructed rather than natural events.


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
  • Climate Change
  • Construction Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Natural Hazards
  • 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
1/07/2010 - 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
2017 Pro-Vice Chancellor's ECR Research and Innovation Excellence Award
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
2015 Award for mid-career research excellence
The University of Newcastle - School of Architecture and Built Environment
2014 Pro Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Performance
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2014 IDRC Panel on Disaster Risk Governance

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2016 Water, cities and disasters
2015 UON 50th Anniversary Webinar on future of construction

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2016 Simulations in Disaster Education
2014 Instructor at ANDROID Disaster Resilience Summer School
2014 Building Information Modelling and Disaster Resilience
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.
2012 Emergency Management in Developed vs Developing Countries
Organisation: Architecture Sans Frontières – UK Description: Delivery of seminar at Architecture Sans Frontieres Summer School.
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.
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Von Meding JK, Brewer G, Forino G, 'Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Integration in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities', Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, World Scientific Press & Imperial College Press, London (2017)
Co-authors Graham Brewer

Journal article (36 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Cooper V, Forino G, Kanjanabootra S, Von Meding JK, 'Critical Dimensions for the Effective Design and Use of Simulation Exercises for Emergency Management in Higher Education', Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 9 530-549 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/JARHE-11-2016-0086
Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
2017 Salami RO, von Meding JK, Giggins HP, 'Urban settlements' vulnerability to flood risks in African cities: A conceptual framework', Jàmbá : Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.4102/jamba.v9i1.370
Co-authors Helen Giggins
2017 Chang-Richards (Alice) Y, Rapp R, Wilkinson S, von Meding J, Haigh R, 'Disaster recovery project management: A critical service', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 35 783-787 (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.03.003
2017 Luu C, von Meding J, Kanjanabootra S, 'Assessing flood hazard using flood marks and analytic hierarchy process approach: a case study for the 2013 flood event in Quang Nam, Vietnam', Natural Hazards, 1-20 (2017)

© 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature The production of flood hazard assessment maps is an important component of flood risk assessment. This study... [more]

© 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature The production of flood hazard assessment maps is an important component of flood risk assessment. This study analyses flood hazard using flood mark data. The chosen case study is the 2013 flood event in Quang Nam, Vietnam. The impacts of this event included 17 deaths, 230 injuries, 91,739 flooded properties, 11,530 ha of submerged and damaged agricultural land, 85,080 animals killed and widespread damage to roads, canals, dykes and embankments. The flood mark data include flood depth and flood duration. Analytic hierarchy process method is used to assess the criteria and sub-criteria of the flood hazard. The weights of criteria and sub-criteria are generated based on the judgements of decision-makers using this method. This assessment is combined into a single map using weighted linear combination, integrated with GIS to produce a flood hazard map. Previous research has usually not considered flood duration in flood hazard assessment maps. This factor has a rather strong influence on the livelihood of local communities in Quang Nam, with most agricultural land within the floodplain. A more comprehensive flood hazard assessment mapping process, with the additional consideration of flood duration, can make a significant contribution to flood risk management activities in Vietnam.

DOI 10.1007/s11069-017-3083-0
Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
2017 Luu TDC, Von Meding JK, Kanjanabootra S, 'Balancing Costs and Benefits In Vietnam¿s Hydropower Industry: A Strategic Proposal', International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 8 27-39 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/IJDRBE-05-2016-0018
Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
2017 Enshassi A, Chatat T, Von Meding JK, Forino G, 'Factors Influencing Post-disaster Reconstruction Project Management for Housing Provision in the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestinian Territories', International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, (2017)
DOI 10.1007/s13753-017-0155-4
2017 Forino G, von Meding J, Brewer G, van Niekerk D, 'Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk reduction integration: Strategies, Policies, and Plans in three Australian Local Governments', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 24 100-108 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.05.021
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2017 Mojtahedi M, Newton S, Von Meding JK, 'Predicting the resilience of transport infrastructure to a natural disaster using Cox¿s proportional hazards regression model', Natural Hazards, 85 1119-1133 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11069-016-2624-2
2017 Salami RO, Von Meding JK, Giggins, 'Vulnerability of human settlements to flood risk in the core area of Ibadan metropolis, Nigeria', Jàmbá : Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 9 (2017)
DOI 10.4102/jamba.v9i1.371
Co-authors Helen Giggins
2017 Maguire AM, von Meding J, 'If you destroy it, they will come ¿ climate change displacement and the Trump effect', The Conversation, (2017)
Co-authors Amy Maguire
2016 Forino G, MacKee J, von Meding J, 'A proposed assessment index for climate change-related risk for cultural heritage protection in Newcastle (Australia)', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 19 235-248 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2016.09.003
Co-authors Jamie Mackee
2016 Von Meding JK, 'Exposing the profiteers of globalisation, disaster, conflict and detention', Jamba: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 8 (2016)
DOI 10.4102/jamba.v8i1.376
2016 von Meding J, Wong J, Kanjanabootra S, Taheri Tafti M, 'Competence-based system development for post-disaster project management', Disaster Prevention and Management, 25 375-394 (2016) [C1]

© 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose ¿ One of the key elements contributing to successful post-disaster project teams is individual competence. Each project part... [more]

© 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose ¿ One of the key elements contributing to successful post-disaster project teams is individual competence. Each project participant brings his or her own knowledge, experience and ideas to the collective. The kind of chaotic and fragmented environment that is common in post-disaster scenarios presents specific barriers to the success of projects, which can be mitigated by ensuring that staff members possess competencies appropriate for their deployment to particular contexts. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach ¿ The study utilizes a mixed-methods approach, incorporating unstructured interviews to extract key factors of competence, project barriers and strategy, and a subsequent questionnaire survey, designed to quantify the various elements. Interviews were undertaken and analysed using a cognitive mapping procedure, while survey data were processed using SPSS. The data were then utilized in the development of a software prototype using Design Science Research methodology, capable of modelling the deployment of staff under various disaster scenarios. Findings ¿ Analysis of the survey and cognitive mapping data, in conjunction with relevant established frameworks, has allowed the classification of relevant competency elements. These elements have subsequently been measured and modelled into the competency-based tool and developed into a working prototype. Originality/value ¿ The developed system offers novel disaster competency assessment criteria. The system contains a variety of real-life scenarios derived from extensive data collection. These multi-hazard scenarios are embedded with knowledge and competency valuation criteria that can facilitate actors to assess their team¿s knowledge based on selective scenarios. In disaster response, time is a critical element, and this tool assists decision makers. It can enable disaster response actors to evaluate and assemble the appropriate personnel to deploy into disaster areas and into specific types of disaster environment.

DOI 10.1108/DPM-07-2015-0164
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
2015 Forino G, von Meding J, Brewer GJ, 'A Conceptual Governance Framework for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Integration', International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 6 372-384 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s13753-015-0076-z
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Graham Brewer
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, 168 99-99 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1680/cien.2015.168.3.99
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
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
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) [C1]
DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.569-570.310
Citations Web of Science - 1
2013 von Meding J, Mackee J, Gajendran T, 'BUILT ENVIRONMENT PERSPECTIVES ON POST-DISASTER RECONSTRUCTION', ARCHNET-IJAR INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH, 7 8-13 (2013)
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran, Jamie Mackee
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 - 2
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]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran, Jamie Mackee
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', ARCHNET: International Journal of Architectural Research, 7 130-145 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
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]
Citations Web of Science - 11
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 - 4Web of Science - 4
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]
DOI 10.5130/AJCEB.v12i3.2628
Citations Scopus - 3
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 - 3Web of Science - 2
2012 Von Meding JK, Oyedele L, Cleland D, McGrath R, Bruen J, 'A Competence-Based Post-Disaster Reconstruction Process: Findings from Sri Lanka', The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, 2 51-66 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.18848/2154-8587/CGP/v02i01/37517
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, Spillane J, Konanahalli A, '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 - 2
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 - 8Web of Science - 11
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Conference (38 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Ajulo OLUWADUNSIN, von Meding J, Tang WC, 'PRIORITIZING TRANSFORMATION: POLITICAL, SOCIAL OR TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION ¿ WHICH COMES FIRST?', YORK UNIVERSITY (2017)
Co-authors Patrick Tang
2016 Forino G, Von Meding JK, Brewer G, 'Governance of Climate Change Adaption and Disaster Risk Reduction Integration: Strategies, policies and plans in Australian Local Governments', Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience, Auckland, New Zealand (2016) [E1]
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2016 Bosher L, Chmutina K, Von Meding JK, 'Disaster risk reduction as a professional competency. A review of related training and education provision for built environment practitioners in the UK and Australia', Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience, Auckland, New Zealand (2016) [E1]
2015 Doanh P, Von Meding JK, Kanjanabootra S, Luu C, 'Theoretical Framework for Dam Safety Risk Assessment for Vietnam', Sydney, Australia (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
2015 Luu C, von Meding J, Kanjanabootra S, Pham D, 'Resettlement in Vietnam's Hydro Power Industry: Policies and Social Impact Assessment', The University of Technology Sydney (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
2015 Luu T, Von Meding JK, Kanjanabootra S, Pham D, 'A proposed flood risk assessment method for Central Vietnam', Proceedings ANDROID Residential Doctoral School: 5th International Conference on Building Resilience, Newcastle, Australia (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra
2015 Forino G, Von Meding JK, Brewer G, 'A Hybrid Governance Framework for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Australia', Proceedings ANDROID Residential Doctoral School: 5th International Conference on Building Resilience, Newcastle, NSW (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2015 Salami R, Von Meding JK, Giggins H, Olotu A, 'Disasters, vulnerability and inadequate housing in Nigeria: A viable strategic framework.', Proceedings ANDROID Residential Doctoral School, Newcastle, N.S.W. (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Helen Giggins
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, Graham Brewer, Jamie Mackee
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, Helen Giggins, Thayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer
2014 Brewer G, Giggins H, von Meding J, Mackee J, Gajendran T, 'Mixed messages: tacit communication emanating from non-human actants in disaster contexts.', 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUILDING RESILIENCE, INCORPORATING THE 3RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ANDROID DISASTER RESILIENCE NETWORK, Univ Colombo, ENGLAND (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1016/S2212-5671.04100971-X
Co-authors Graham Brewer, Jamie Mackee, Helen Giggins, Thayaparan Gajendran
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 Forino G, von Meding J, Brewer G, Gajendran T, 'Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policy in Australia', 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUILDING RESILIENCE, INCORPORATING THE 3RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ANDROID DISASTER RESILIENCE NETWORK, Univ Colombo, ENGLAND (2014)
DOI 10.1016/S2212-567104100965-4
Citations Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Graham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran
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.

Citations Scopus - 5
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) [E1]
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 Thayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer
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) [E2]

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]
Citations Scopus - 1
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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Other (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Von Meding JK, Forino G, Johnson T, 'Religion is not the only reason Rohingyas are being forced out of Myanmar', : The Conversation (2017)
2017 Von Meding JK, 'In Vietnam poverty and poor development, not just floods, kill the most marginalised', : The Conversation (2017)
2017 Von Meding JK, Chmutina K, Bosher L, Gaillard JC, 'Why natural disasters aren't all that natural', : OpenDemocracy (2017)
2017 Von Meding JK, Luu TDC, 'Vietnam¿s typhoon disaster highlights the plight of its poorest people', : The Conversation (2017)
2017 Von Meding JK, 'While Syria suffers, Iraq, Libya and Vietnam come to mind', : Aurora Magazine (2017)
2017 Von Meding JK, Forino G, Gaillard JC, Chmutina K, 'Grenfell Tower fire exposes the injustice of disasters', : The Conversation (2017)
2017 Maguire A, Von Meding JK, 'Trump-Turnbull call: trading people like pawns undermines the goals of international co-operation', : The Conversation (2017)
Co-authors Amy Maguire
2017 Von Meding JK, 'Agent Orange, exposed: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster', : The Conversation (2017)
2017 Von Meding JK, Shrestha H, Kabir H, Ahmed K, 'Nepal earthquake reconstruction won¿t succeed until the vulnerability of survivors is addressed', The Conversation (2017)
2016 Von Meding JK, Forino G, 'Hurricane Matthew is just the latest unnatural disaster to strike Haiti', : The Conversation (2016)
2016 Von Meding JK, 'DiCaprio¿s documentary calls for a green future, but his vision isn¿t radical enough', : The Conversation (2016)
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Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Howard A, Von Meding J, Blakemore TJ, Heinsch L, Allison J, Cavaliere S, 'Stronger for the Storm : Research Report', NSW State Emergency Service, 85 (2016)
Co-authors Amanda Howard, Tamara Blakemore
2016 Von Meding JK, Cooper V, Kanjanabootra S, Giggins H, Forino G, Allison J, 'Modelling disaster resilience: enhancing student learning through trans-disciplinary simulation of wicked scenarios (RES-SIM)', Office for Learning and Teaching, 39 (2016)
Co-authors Helen Giggins, Sittimont Kanjanabootra
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 19
Total funding $3,585,271

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


20181 grants / $10,000

Overall winner Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Research and Innovation Excellence$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jason Von Meding
Scheme Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Research and Innovation Excellence
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701604
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20174 grants / $287,678

Dungog Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Strategy$119,700

Funding body: NSW Government

Funding body NSW Government
Project Team

Dr Amanda Howard, Dr Tamara Blakemore, Dr Milena Heinsch

Scheme Community Resilience Innovation Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

Critical Factors for Post-Disaster Educational Continuity in Urban Flood Impacts in South and South East Asia$84,202

Funding body: Save the Children

Funding body Save the Children
Project Team Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Ifte Ahmed, Professor Humayun Kabir, Dr Hai Nam, Dr Indrajit Pal
Scheme Tender
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700629
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

Understanding the opportunities and challenges of compliance to safe building codes for disaster resilience in South Asia - the cases of Bangladesh and Nepal$53,776

Funding body: Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)

Funding body Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
Project Team Doctor Ifte Ahmed, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Kim Maund, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Professor Humayun Kabir, Mohammed Faruk, Hari Shrestha, Mr Nagendra Sitaula
Scheme Collaborative Regional Research Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1601255
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Disaster Resilience Education Capacity Building in Latin America$30,000

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Helen Giggins, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Associate Professor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Ifte Ahmed, Mr Ali Papzan, Dr Jeffery Walters, Professor Jose Rubens Morato Leite, Dr Holmes Julian Paez Martinez
Scheme Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1700656
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20162 grants / $105,000

Disaster Resilience Education Capacity Building in South-East Asia$70,000

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Doctor Helen Giggins, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Associate Professor Jamie MacKee, Professor Mario Delos Reyes, Dr Sharifah Syed Zakaria, Dr Indrajit Pal, Professor Hung Pham
Scheme Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) grants program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1501214
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Post Disaster Research and Innovation Project$35,000

Funding body: NSW State Emergency Services (SES)

Funding body NSW State Emergency Services (SES)
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Milena Heinsch, Doctor Tamara Blakemore
Scheme Post Disaster Research and Innovation Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600505
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20153 grants / $1,829,000

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

Prof Jimmy Huang

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

Building Resilience: Developing a resilience toolkit for employability in built environment graduates$39,000

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team Professor Peter Davis, Associate Professor Willy Sher, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Dennis Rose, Dr Patricia McLaughlin, Professor Anthony Mills
Scheme Seed Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501081
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20144 grants / $80,338

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, Associate Professor 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

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

Dr Jamie Mackee

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 Associate Professor 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, Associate Professor 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

Prof. Lukumon Oyedele

Scheme Rethinking the build process
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

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

Jason von Meding

Scheme Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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

Jason von Meding

Scheme Higher Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed34
Current16

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.7
PhD6.65

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Context Responsive Water Urbanism: Exploring Indigenous Knowledge for Water Resource Management in Bangladesh PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 Masters Disaster Relief Architecture and Urban Planning M Philosophy (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Human Displacement: An International Law, Human Rights and Risk Reduction Nexus PhD (Law), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Building Social Flood Resilience Through Community Preparedness Case of Kan Watershed, Tehran, Iran and Hunter Region, NSW, Australia PhD (Disaster Management), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Resilience-Enabling Technologies: The Role of Strength-Based Participation in Developing Appropriate Technology. PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD An Investigation Into The Land Use Planning and Management Strategies for Mitigating Flooding in Accra PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Boosting the Achievability of Sending Zero Construction Waste to Landfill Through the Integration and Effective Implementation of Technical and Non-technical Minimisation Measures PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Displacement, Dispossession and Vulnerability in Rakhine State, Myanmar PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Integration in the Hunter Valley: A Question of Hybrid Governance? PhD (Disaster Management), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD A System Dynamics Approach to Understanding and Practicing Transformative Adaptation PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Non-Technical Barriers to Implementation of Sendai as Disaster Risk Reduction Framework: Learning from Iran and Australia PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Modelling of Tsunami Run-Up Heights and Inundation and Risk Assessment PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Developing an integrated flood risk assessment framework for Central Vietnam PhD (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
2017 PhD Determinants of Urban Settlements' Vulnerability to Flood Hazard in Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria PhD (Disaster Management), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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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Research Projects

Human Displacement: An International Law, Human Rights and Risk Reduction Nexus 2017 -

The objective of this study is to examine the frameworks of international law and human rights with respect to human displacement and inquire into the potential future role those frameworks might play in reducing the risk of displacement. To meet this objective, the following aims will be pursued:

Examine the fitness for purpose of current frameworks, policies, agreements and institutions of international law and human rights in protecting displaced people;

Analyse the points of intersection of public international law generally, international human rights law, and human displacement;

Analyse the competing interests involved in crafting policies, such as refugee and migration policies, that impact the response to human displacement;

Identify the preventive roles international law and human rights can play in the context of human displacement; and

Define the hierarchy of responsibilities and the relationships among the various actors working on human displacement including national authorities, international organisations and non-governmental organisations based on the current order of international law. 

Grants

Research Advantage Early Career Researcher HDR Candidate Scholarship

Funding body: Research Advantage UON

Funding body Research Advantage UON
Scheme HDR Scholarship

Students

Program Research Title
PhD
Faculty of Business and Law
Human Displacement: An International Law, Human Rights and Risk Reduction Nexus

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Doctor Jason Kyle Von Meding University of Newcastle

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News

Challenging perceptions of disaster through film

July 21, 2017

Dr Jason von Meding, senior lecturer in Disaster Risk Reduction at UON’s School of Architecture and Built Environment has been busy filming DEVIATE: a documentary produced by Thirtyrev which will tell the stories of marginalised people worldwide that are most affected by disasters.

Dr Amanda Howard and Dr Jason von Meding

Cross-faculty collaboration builds stronger communities

March 16, 2017

Teams of researchers across Construction Management and Social Work at UON have come together to team up for interdisciplinary research that’s making an impact on communities locally and globally.

UON innovation and development grants

January 19, 2016

The University of Newcastle (UON) has achieved success in the latest round of Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) funding for innovation and development projects.

Australia-ASEAN Council funding for disaster resiliance

Australia-ASEAN Council funding for Disaster Resilience

January 8, 2016

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

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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