Miss Laura Simon

Miss Laura Simon

Casual Academic

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Career Summary


Laura is currently a Ph.D. candidate in building from the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

Her specialization is Public and Private Partnership (PPPs) tendering phase for social infrastructure projects (hospitals, prisons, schools...) in Australia. The tendering phase being long, complex and expensive for both public and private partners, there is room for improvement on the matter.

After reviewing all the research done to date in the area, she identified success factors and root issues of these long and complex tendering phases. The next step of her project will be to interview experts from public and private entities in order to validate and improve her understanding.

Her previous position as a bid manager in a facility management / BPO company gave her the experience of project management and teamwork in a fast-paced environment.


  • Masters Degree, University of Paris - France


  • procurement
  • public private partnerships
  • social infrastructure
  • tendering


  • French (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 30
120299 Building not elsewhere classified 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
10/10/2012 - 31/12/2014 Business analyst

- Support to sales and project management for the various SPS entities (19 countries).
- Responses to tender - Design of technical solutions adapted to the needs of each customer.
- Internal audits of the production processes, the functioning of the mailrooms at our customers.
- Transverse and international projects: audits, harmonization of processes.
- Management control.

swiss post solutions
1/1/2013 - 12/12/2015 Bid manager

Coordination of all responses to tenders and customer requests for Swiss Post Solutions France &


swiss post solutions


Code Course Role Duration
ARBE2303 Health and Safety in the Built Environment
The University of Newcastle
This course examines the potential hazards and safety strategies of the construction workplace. Elements of risk analysis, control of risk, reflection on results and application of health and safety legislation are explored in the context of the built environment.
Tutoring and marking 29/7/2019 - 31/12/2020
ARBE 3300 Constuction business management
School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
This course presents a contemporary perspective of the theoretical scope and practical skills required to manage a firm operating in the construction industry. It examines various management concepts and techniques associated with operational and strategic activities, developing the student's ability to critically evaluate their appropriateness for use in a variety of situations.
Tutoring and marking 17/2/2019 - 31/12/2020
ARBE 3305 Infrastructure development
School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Infrastructure Development introduces students to processes used for the planning, development and management of infrastructure projects. It draws on the knowledge and skills which students have developed in soil mechanics, quantity measurement, estimating, risk management, tendering, project planning and construction methods to enable them to learn about the regulatory, environmental, socio-economic and community considerations associated with infrastructure projects.
Tutoring - Marking - Creation of content for the course 30/7/2018 - 31/12/2020


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

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Simon L, Jefferies M, Davis P, Newaz MT, 'Developing a theoretical success factor framework for the tendering phase of social infrastructure PPPs', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, 20 613-627 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/15623599.2020.1720343
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Peter Davis, Marcus Jefferies, Tanvi Newaz
2018 Deep S, Simon L, Asim M, Rahimzadeh A, Al-Hamdani S, 'An analytical study of critical factors affecting contractor efficiency in construction projects in Indian scenario', ORGANIZATION TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION, 10 1794-1802 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.2478/otmcj-2018-0010
Co-authors Shumankdeep Uon
2012 Lemieux A-A, Lamouri S, Pellerin R, Simon L, 'A Lean-based Analysis Framework Oriented Towards the Upstream Supply Chain for the Luxury Industry', Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal, 13 14-24 (2012)
DOI 10.1080/16258312.2012.11517303

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Simon L, Davis P, Jefferies M, 'Investigating the tender phase of social infrastructure PPPs in Australia: development of a research design', CIB World Building Congress 2019 Constructing Smart Cities, Hong Kong, China (2019) [E1]
Co-authors Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2019 Davis P, Simon L, Sher W, Tang P, Newaz MT, 'Key solutions for construction and demolition (C&D) waste management in NSW, Australia', 43rd AUBEA: Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference Proceedings, Noosa, QLD (2019) [E1]
Co-authors Tanvi Newaz, Willy Sher, Peter Davis, Patrick Tang
2018 Simon L, Davis P, Jefferies M, Jefferies M, 'Developing a Success Factor Framework for the Tendering Phase of Social Infrastructure PPPs', IRNOP 2018 'A skilled hand and a cultivated mind', Melbourne, Vic (2018) [E1]
Co-authors Tanvi Newaz, Peter Davis, Marcus Jefferies

Miss Laura Simon


Casual Academic
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Casual Academic
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email laura.simon@newcastle.edu.au