Mr Rafiu Salami

Mr Rafiu Salami

Casual Academic

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Rafiu Olugbenga Salami is presently a casual academic and researcher at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle Australia. He obtained his PhD in Disaster Management in 2017 from the University of Newcastle Australia, he also earned a Master of Technology in Architecture from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. His research interests include built environment disaster risk reduction, urban vulnerability, and city resilience. His PhD thesis entitled "Determinants of urban settlements’ flood vulnerability in African cities: A case of Ibadan Metropolis."

Rafiu Salami is a member of the disaster and development research team at the University of Newcastle, Australia, a group of researchers who involves in the procurement of several research grants and collaborations with the partners in the area of disaster resilience. The secured grants include the Australian-ASEAN Council funding for Disaster Resilience and the Post Disaster Research and Innovation Project – Stronger for the Storm funded by the New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) among others.

Rafiu Salami has been an academic reviewer for Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies and International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction (IJDRR). His ongoing research concentrates on the urban political ecology of flood vulnerability in developing countries.


Qualifications

  • Master of Technology, Federal University of Technology - Akure
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Architecture
  • Building Construction Management
  • Climate Change
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Natural hazards
  • Project Management

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
040604 Natural Hazards 50
120101 Architectural Design 20
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 The AIB New South Wales Chapter Presidents Award for Research 2018.
Australian Institute of Building (AIB) NSW Chapter
2016 The Head of the School (SABE, UoN) Award for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Impact
School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle

Prize

Year Award
2014 The Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment Postgraduate RHD Poster prize.
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Scholarship

Year Award
2013 The University of Newcastle Research Higher Degree Scholarship
The University of Newcastle
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Publications

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


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Helen Giggins, Jason Vonmeding
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) [C1]
DOI 10.4102/jamba.v9i1.371
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Jason Vonmeding, Helen Giggins
2015 Oyedele LO, Jaiyeoba BE, Kadiri KO, Folagbade SO, Tijani IK, Salami RO, 'Critical factors affecting construction quality in Nigeria: evidence from industry professionals', International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development, 6 103-113 (2015)

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. The overall aim of this study is to improve construction quality in Nigeria through the identification of pertinent factors affecting the process. R... [more]

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. The overall aim of this study is to improve construction quality in Nigeria through the identification of pertinent factors affecting the process. Relevant factors were identified from the literature and studied by means of questionnaire survey sent to construction industry professionals that include architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and builders. The importance of each factor was computed for all the professionals via the severity and frequency responses of the factors. Data analysis includes ranking comparison among the professionals using severity, frequency and importance indexes. Percentage rank agreement factor (PRAF) was used to measure agreement of the importance ranking among construction professionals and one sample t-test was conducted to determine the significance of each factor. Finally, correlation analysis was used to measure the degree of correlation among all professionals. The results shows that the five most important factors are ¿poor quality of materials delivered to site¿, ¿low level of skill and labour experience¿, ¿poor inspection and testing¿, ¿poor site installation procedure¿, and ¿lack of quality assurance¿. The one sample t-test shows that 79% of the factors are important in affecting construction quality in Nigeria. There was strong agreement between the architects and the engineers (.71), the architects and the builders (.73), and the engineers and the builders (.75), while the level of agreement between the architects and the quantity surveyors (.43), the engineers and the quantity surveyors (.36), and the builders and the quantity surveyors (.38) is low. Determining the construction industry professionals' viewpoints on factors affecting construction quality is therefore an essential first step towards establishing methods and processes for real improvement of quality in Nigeria and probably most other African countries that are similar in nature.

DOI 10.1080/2093761X.2015.1033662
Citations Scopus - 2

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Olotu AZ, Owi T, Salami RO, 'Building flood disaster resilience of SMEs in urban cities of Nigeria', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Building Resilience, Newcastle, Australia (2015) [E1]
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, Jason Vonmeding

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Salami RO, Determinants of urban settlements' vulnerability to flood hazard in Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria, University of Newcastle, Australia (2017)
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Mr Rafiu Salami

Position

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

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