UNSW Built Environment offers a comprehensive range of specialised degree programs that few universities can match. Nine undergraduate programs and eight postgraduate programs are available and, as part of the internationally acclaimed faculty, each degree program is regarded as one of Australia's leading university qualifications.

ResearchStart Program

The ResearchStart Program provides a great opportunity for students to gain insight into research practice while developing research skills that will enhance future learning opportunities. The Faculty aims to promote and develop a research culture and to this end, the ResearchStart Program links students to an experienced academic staff member to work on a real-world research project. The program is targeted at 2nd year and above undergraduate students as well as postgraduate coursework students.

Grant amounts

  • undergraduate students $1600
  • postgraduate students $2000 

Below is the list of the 2017 selected projects and supervising academics.

2017 ResearchStart Projects

Staff Name/s Student Career Skills Title of Project
Laurence Kimmel Postgraduate Excel, Library Research Skills, Digital Design Research on regulation for safety and security in public building in Australia
Paul Osmond Postgraduate Quantitative Development of a space syntax database for research and practice
Sarath Kumarasiri Mataraarachchi and David Sanderson Postgraduate Excel, GIS, Library Research Skills, Interview Skills The role of  community cohesion in disaster recovery process – a study based on community resilience to flooding disasters in low income areas in Colombo.
Hoon Han Undergraduate SPSS, Excel, Survey Housing careers of minority ethic immigrants in Australia – Preferences, constraints and typical pathway
Martin Loosemore Undergraduate SPSS, Library Research Skills, Survey Construction project productivity and industrial relations in Australia
Samad Sepasgozar Undergraduate Survey, Interview Skills, 3D Modelling Utilization of Digital Technologies for Property Management
Christine Steinmetz Undergraduate Library Research Skills, Survey, Interview Skills The myth of certainty: Achieving balanced prescription in land use planning in New South Wales

The ResearchStart grants are an initiative of the Office of the Associate Deans, Education & Research. For more information please email

For past winning recipients of the ResearchStart Program, click here.

Page Last Updated: 22 May 2017