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Dr Melissa Teo
Senior Lecturer in Construction/Project Management
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Built Environment
Discipline *
Building, Other Built Environment and Design
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PhD (University of New South Wales)


Community engagement, Project implementation, Project management, Protest, Stakeholder management

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Main areas of research Melissa Teo was awarded her PhD in 2009 from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her scholarly interest and contribution to date has been to:

  • address issues on sustainability
  • corporate social and ethical responsibilities to the local community affected by a project and their implications for successful project delivery
  • community engagement during the construction phase of projects
  • community engagement in disaster preparedness and response (particularly CALD and LSE communities)
  • understand community resilience in a disaster management context

Her work has a strong focus on social and cultural determinants of project success and how construction firms reconcile the desire to meet project objectives with their social responsibilities to stakeholders affected by a project. Areas of expertise include:

  • construction project management
  • construction management
  • project management
  • stakeholder management
  • community engagement
  • environmental risk perception
  • disaster preparedness and response
  • engaging culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) communities

Awards and recognition

  • 2014: ARCOM Conference – Winner of ARCOM ‘The David Langford Commemorative Award’ for research paper titled “Getting to the heart of community action against construction projects”.
  • 2009: ARCOM Conference – Winner of ARCOM Presidential Award for Best Research Paper titled “A grounded theory of protest movement continuity”.
  • 2009: The Australian institute of Building’s ‘2009 New South Wales Presidents Award for Research’ for PhD titled ” An investigation of the community-based protest movment continuit against construction projects”.
  • 2003 – 2007: International Postgraduate Research Scholarship – University of New South Wales
  • 2003 – 2007: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Foundation Richard Lay Fellowship


  • 2016: $40,000: Logan City Council research grant on “Engaging vulnerable populations in high disaster risk area in disaster preparedness and response”.
  • 2013: $14,800: QUT SEF Learning and Teaching Grant on “The role of academic staff in educating, communicating and enforcing academic integrity: An investigation of current practice”.
  • 2013: US$50,000: Project Management Institute (PMI) grant on “Community engagement strategies during the construction phase of controversial projects”.

Career history

  • 2010 – present: Lecturer – Construction Project Management
  • 2009 – 2010: Senior Research Assistant – ARC project
  • 2003 – 2008: PhD Candidate
  • 2001 – 2003: Senior Development Officer – Building Construction Authority, Singapore
This information has been contributed by Dr Melissa Teo.


Teaching areas

  • stakeholder management
  • professional ethics
  • corporate social responsibility
  • project management
  • managing construction business
  • strategic construction management
  • risk management
  • research methods
  • managing project teams.
This information has been contributed by Dr Melissa Teo.


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Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Internationally refereed conference paper titled "A grounded theory of protest movement continuity" by authors Dr Melissa Teo (QUT) and Professor Martin Loosemore (UNSW) was awarded The 'President's Prize' for Best Research Paper at the 25th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Conference, Nottingham, 7-9 September 2009.


Current supervisions

  • Engaging ethnic minorities in rural water supply project planning in Vietnam
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Ashantha Goonetilleke
  • Surrogate Approach to Assess Social Resilience in Disaster Management
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Ashantha Goonetilleke
  • Factors influencing project team effectiveness to achieve quality of building projects in the KSA
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Robin Drogemuller

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)