Researcher

Associate Professor Riza Yosia Sunindijo

My Expertise

  • Health and safety in construction
  • Human resource management in construction, e.g., emotional intelligence, leadership and organisational culture
  • Indonesian contexts: construction industry, disaster management, higher education

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Biography

Dr Riza Yosia Sunindijo is the Director of Postgraduate Research and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Built Environment. Previously he worked as a project engineer, project manager, and sustainability champion in multi-national construction and project management organisations. He joined UNSW in 2009 as a sessional staff before becoming a full-time academic in 2013.

He is drawn to construction due to the dynamic nature of the...view more

Dr Riza Yosia Sunindijo is the Director of Postgraduate Research and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Built Environment. Previously he worked as a project engineer, project manager, and sustainability champion in multi-national construction and project management organisations. He joined UNSW in 2009 as a sessional staff before becoming a full-time academic in 2013.

He is drawn to construction due to the dynamic nature of the discipline where various stakeholders collaborate to achieve common project objectives. He also appreciates the contributions of the discipline to develop a nation and provide critical infrastructure that enhances the wellbeing of people.

He is particularly passionate in the areas of health and safety, and human resource management within the discipline, where he has focussed his research efforts for a number of years. He is also interested in research in disaster management and construction management in the context of Indonesia. His papers are published in international journals and conferences. He has also received recognition and awards for his teaching and research performance. 


My Grants

2020

  • New Colombo Plan/UNSW Ambassador: International construction study trip to Indonesia - $37,400

2019

  • New Colombo Plan/UNSW Ambassador: International construction study trip to Indonesia - $52,000
  • International Research Collaboration with Universitas Indonesia: Industry 4.0: A New Approach for Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Management - $60,000 (with Dr Mohammad Mojtahedi)

2018

  • Faculty learning and teaching grant: Feasible delivery of research seminar for HDR candidates - $3,000 (with Prof Robert Freestone and Dr Paola Favaro)
  • New Colombo Plan/UNSW Ambassador: International construction study trip to Indonesia - $20,000

2017

  • Faculty research grant: Hospital safety index: Evaluating hospital disaster preparedness in Indonesia - $9,000 (with Dr Bee Oo)
  • Inspired learning initiative: High-rise building construction digital uplifting - $10,000
  • UNSW-Indonesia seed fund: The development of safety culture framework for infrastructure projects in Indonesia - $10,000 (with Prof Martin Loosemore)
  • UNSW-Indonesia seed fund: A procurement system selection framework for post-disaster reconstruction - $10,000 (with Dr Bee Oo)

2016

  • ARC Linkage: Innovative procurement theories to optimise education per cost of school - $391,000

2014

  • Early career researcher faculty research grant: Improving health and safety in small construction organisations in Australia: Strategies and challenges - $12,000

My Qualifications

PhD (UNSW), M.Eng. (Asian Institute of Technology), M.T. (Petra Christian University), B.Eng. (Petra Christian University), MAIB, ICIOB


My Awards

Research supervisor award from Arc Postgraduate Council, UNSW, 2019

Merit paper award for a paper entitled 'Job Stress Characteristics of Chinese Engineering Design Professionals: A Case Study of Suzhou' - 24th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, 2019 (co-authored by Shang Zhang and Shane Galvin)

Australian Institute of Building (AIB) F E Crowle Award for Teaching Excellence, 2019

Best paper award for a paper entitled 'People-centred Perspective on Resilience: A Story of Urban Kampung in Surabaya, Indonesia' - 12th Conference of International Forum on Urbanism, 2019 (co-authored by Shirleyana, Scott Hawken, and David Sanderson)

Built Environment Award for Teaching Excellence, 2016

Built Environment Staff Excellence Award, Research Excellence - Lecturer, 2016

Built Environment Staff Excellence Award, Research Excellence - Lecturer, 2014

Australian Institute of Building (AIB) NSW Chapter President's Research Award, 2013

CATEI High Achiever, S1/2013

Best paper award - Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Conference, 2011

UIPA Scholarship, University of New South Wales, 2009-12


My Research Activities

Riza is particularly interested in the following research topics:
 
Topic 1 - Health and Safety in Construction
 
Despite significant improvement, construction remains as one of the most dangerous industrial sectors worldwide. An integrated effort from all stakeholders is required to further improve health and safety performance in the industry. Some are common issues that should be investigated further:
  • Client roles in health and safety: Clients are in the best position to drive the cultural change needed to bring about safety improvements as they initiate project development and make key decisions concerning budget, project objectives, and performance criteria which can create pressures and constraints on health and safety implementation. Strategies should be proposed so that clients are more proactively involved in health and safety.
  • Health and safety in small and medium construction organisations: Today market leaders have established health and safety management systems, thus their performance is significantly better than the national average. The industry, however, is still dominated by small and medium organisations who are facing difficulties in improving their health and safety performance due to economic pressures. Strategies are needed to address this issue.
  • Safety culture: Improving health and safety requires safety culture development in organisations. Such development requires the integration of the psychological, behavioural, and corporate dimensions of safety culture. Practical methods and strategies to develop and measure safety culture is one of the needs of the industry.
  • Mental health: Due to the stressful work environment, construction personnel are experiencing mental health issues. How can the industry improve the wellbeing of its workers?
  • Learning from other high-risk industries: Some high-risk industries have better health and safety than the construction industry. What can the construction industry learn from them? Can their approach be adopted into the construction industry?
  • Construction health and safety in developing countries: Lack of health and safety awareness, focus on reducing construction costs, lack of health and safety enforcement, and the use of informal workers are some factors that constrain the implementation of health and safety in the construction industries in developing countries. What are strategies that can be adopted to address this situation? 
Topic 2 - Construction Leaders and Human Resource Management
 
Many management and self-development books have proposed numerous qualities needed by the 21st century leaders to be successful in today's dynamic work environment. Some of these qualities are emotional intelligence, political skill, leadership, communication, interpersonal skill, resilience quotient, stress management, motivation, and so on. Further research is needed to study the tangible impacts of those qualities and modern management techniques on performance. The relationships between those qualities are also need to be established to determine any redundancy.
 
Furthermore, the construction industry is a male-dominated industry and is missing the significant contributions from women. What are strategies to attract, retain, and empower women in the construction industry?
 
Topic 3 - Resilience and disaster management
 
Disasters have become more and more frequent nowadays, causing great social, economic, and environmental losses. Improving resilience and effective disaster management are important to minimise the impacts of disasters. Some key research areas include:
  • Post-disaster reconstruction
  • Community resilience
  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Urban resilience
  • Sustainable disaster management

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Health and safety in the construction industry, mental health in construction, human resource management in construction, disaster management and resiliency, and construction-related research in the context of Indonesia. See research activities for details.

Include the following documents when contacting me for supervision request:

  • Research proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • English test result for international applicants
  • Scholarship requirements

Currently supervising

Riza has supervised the following research projects:

Current

  • Empowering women in the Indonesian construction industry (Christina Liem - PhD candidate)
  • Risk and resilience of kampung in Surabaya, Indonesia (Shirleyana - PhD candidate)
  • Addressing Indigenous unemployment and disadvantage through Indigenous social procurement (George Denny-Smith - PhD candidate)
  • Procurement system to improve health and safety in the construction industry in Ghana (Elijah Frimpong Boadu - PhD candidate)

2020

  • Integrated collaborative FM approach for post-occupancy evaluation of higher education facilities (Olatunji Abisuga - PhD supervision completed)

2019

  • Risk and opportunity of using nanomaterials in the Australian construction industry

2018

  • Emotional intelligence of graduates in the Chinese real estate industry
  • Post occupancy evaluation of on-campus accommodation buildings
  • Barriers and success factors of ECI in the local government level

2017

  • Learning experience of international undergraduate students in construction management and property in UNSW
  • Post-occupant satisfaction towards sustainable and conventional buildings in Australia

2016

  • Factors that influence safety motivation in construction organisations
  • Work-life balance trends in a construction firm in Australia

2015

  • Impacts of the WHS Act 2011 on safety management in small and medium construction companies in NSW

2014

  • Partnering in the SMEs in the Australian construction industry
  • Challenges and barriers faced by SMEs to implement safety in the construction industry
  • Effects of resource boom on the Australian construction industry
  • Construction project insurances: Methods of mitigating financial risks and drivers for change

2013

  • The roles of client in construction safety

My Engagement

Membership

  • Member of Australian Institute of Building (MAIB)
  • Incorporated member of the Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB)

My Teaching

Riza is teaching or has taught the following courses:

  • Construction Management Principles (Undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Construction Management and Property (Undergraduate)
  • High-Rise Building Construction (Undergraduate)
  • International Construction Study Trip (Undergraduate)
  • Management of Construction Organisations (Postgraduate)
  • The Principles and Practice of Management (Postgraduate)
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