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construction, project and design management
adoption of technologies
Building Information Modelling/Digital Engineering
off site manufacturing
construction robotics
sustainable development
affordable housing
mental health in the built environment workforces

1997 …2024

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Personal profile

Research Interests

Construction and Design Management
Building Information Modelling
Sustainable Urban Development
Mental Health and Safety in Construction Industry

Research Profile

Professor London is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at Torrens University and is responsible for development and implementation of the University research and innovation strategy, performance and compliance.

For nearly two decades Professor London has pioneered various initiatives throughout her career in a range of senior executive positions and also has served in leadership roles in industry and professional bodies. She was the Dean of the Research Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia and, before that, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of Learning and Teaching with the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University. She also held a Discipline Leader role in Construction Management at Deakin University, where she was the first female appointed Chair in Construction Management in Australia. Notably, at this time, she was also the first academic and first female to Chair the prestigious Australasian Chartered Institute of Building Board. 

Professor London’s qualifications, training and industry experience are in architecture, construction and project management, design management and asset management. She graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) in 1985, a Bachelor of Architecture in 1987, and was registered as an Architect in NSW in 1990. She was awarded a Master of Building Research from the University of Newcastle in 1997 and a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2005. She was invited by Routledge to transform and publish her doctoral thesis in the distinguished Spons Research Series in the Built Environment as the only sole authored research book by an Australian academic. Professor London has extensive industry connections and, prior to entering academia full-time, worked as an architect in construction project and design management and in capital works asset management. She was instrumental in leading the NT government’s asset management strategy implementation.

Professor London is an international leader in research in supply chain theory and collaborative practice with applications to technology adoption, sustainable urban development, housing affordability, robotics and construction informatics. Professor London has an excellent research track record; early in her career, she was a Node Director for the CRC Construction Innovation. She has more recently been successfully awarded two Discovery projects, two Linkage projects and three LIEF grants as well as a DSRT national grant and two state grants. She has supervised 17 PhD students since 2006. She has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded 25 externally funded research grants.

She has also had an extensive teaching career leading the design and development of numerous innovative academic programs. She led the development of the first online Masters of Construction Management program (Aus).

She held a Ministerial appointment on the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council and was a Board Member of NSW Architects Registration Board. She was the first academic appointed to ARC College of Experts HCA Panel representing the Building FOR Code. She is the Board Chair of the Sustainable Infrastructure Institute of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of NSW Royal Society of Science. She has recently been invited to represent Australia on an International Standards Organisation Committee to draft a new International Standard in her field of research. She is a CEDA Trustee. She is a Fellow Chartered Institute of Building and a Royal Society Fellow NSW.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Construction Management, PhD, Construction supply chain procurement modelling, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Building Construction Management, Master, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

Architecture, Bachelor, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Science, Bachelor, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 1 Jan 1984


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