People

Dr Riza Yosia Sunindijo

Director of Postgraduate Research
Construction Management and Property, Construction Project Management

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

Room: 
3008
Building: 
Red Centre West Wing
Kensington
Phone: 
293854399
Bio: 

Dr Riza Yosia Sunindijo is the Director of Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Built Environment. Previously he worked as a project engineer, project manager, and sustainability champion for 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. His papers are published in international journals and conferences. He has also received recognition and awards because of his teaching and research performance. 

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 psyhological, 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?
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.
 
Topic 3 - Organisational Learning
 
Not much research has been done to recommend strategies and methods to develop some of the qualities of effective leaders idenfitied in the previous topic. Although some strategies and methods have been proposed, their effectiveness has not been objectively assessed based on a set of indicators. Furthermore, learning is generally associated with the acquisition of knowledge through instructions and training in a classroom setting. From this perspective, knowledge is also often seen as a commodity that can be transferred into the mind of learners via some kind of electronic technology. A countervailing view considers that learning takes place in the social world, among and through others. Can our learning strategies be modified to accommodate this view?
Grants: 

2019

  • New Colombo Plan/UNSW Ambassador: International construction study trip to Indonesia - $52,000

2018

  • Faculty learning and teaching grant: Feasible delivery of research seminar for HDR candidates - $3,000
  • 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
  • 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
  • UNSW-Indonesia seed fund: A procurement system selection framework for post-disaster reconstruction - $10,000

2016

  • ARC Linkage: Innovative procurement theories to optimise education per cost of school - $391,000 (over 3 years)

2014

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

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

Teaching & Supervision: 

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)
Engagement: 

Membership

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

Health and safety in the construction industry, mental health in construction, human resource management in construction

Include the following documents when contacting me for supervision request:

  • Research proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • English test result for international applicants
Supervising: 

Riza has supervised the following research projects:

Current

  • Developing a best practice model to effectively involve stakeholders in school design
  • Risk and resilience of kampung in Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Addressing Indigenous unemployment and disadvantage through Indigenous social procurement
  • Procurement system to improve health and safety in the construction industry in Ghana

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
Publications:
Books

Zou PXW; Sunindijo RY, 2015, Strategic safety management in construction, 10.1002/9781118839362

Journal articles

Shirleyana S; Hawken S; Sunindijo RY, 2018, 'City of Kampung: risk and resilience in the urban communities of Surabaya, Indonesia', International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, vol. 36, pp. 543-568, 10.1108/IJBPA-02-2018-0025

Furci J; Sunindijo RY, 2018, 'Impacts of the WHS Act 2011 on safety management in small and medium construction companies', International Journal of Construction Management, 10.1080/15623599.2018.1484844

Sunidijo RY; Kamardeen I, 2018, 'Psychological challenges confronting graduate construction students in Australia', International Journal of Construction Education and Research, pp. 1-16, 10.1080/15578771.2018.1431741

Kamardeen I; Sunindijo RY, 2018, 'Stressors Impacting the Performance of Graduate Construction Students: Comparison of Domestic and International Students', Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, vol. 144, 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000392

Holden S; Sunindijo RY, 2018, 'Technology, long work hours, and stress worsen work-life balance in the construction industry', International Journal of Integrated Engineering, vol. 10, pp. 13-18

Oo B; Sunindijo R; Lestari F, 2018, 'Users’ Long-Term Satisfaction with Post-Disaster Permanent Housing Programs: A Conceptual Model', International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology, vol. 9

Sunindijo RY; Zou PXW; Dainty ARJ, 2017, 'Managerial Skills for Managing Construction Safety', Civil Engineering Dimension, vol. 19, pp. 63-72, 10.9744/ced.19.2.63-72

Kamardeen I; Sunindijo RY, 2017, 'Personal Characteristics Moderate Work Stress in Construction Professionals', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, vol. 143, 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001386

Sunindijo RY; Kamardeen I, 2017, 'Work Stress Is a Threat to Gender Diversity in the Construction Industry', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, vol. 143, 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001387

Sunindijo RY, 2016, 'Teaching First-year Construction Management Students: Lessons Learned from Student Satisfaction Surveys', International Journal of Construction Education and Research, vol. 12, pp. 243-254, 10.1080/15578771.2015.1121937

Sunindijo RY, 2015, 'Project manager skills for improving project performance', International Journal of Business Performance Management, vol. 16, pp. 67-83, 10.1504/IJBPM.2015.066041

Sunindijo RY, 2015, 'Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Improving Safety in Small Construction Organisations', Civil Engineering Dimension, vol. 17, pp. 117-125, 10.9744/ced.17.3.117-125

Memon SA; Hadikusumo BHW; Sunindijo RY, 2015, 'Using Social Interaction Theory to Promote Successful Relational Contracting between Clients and Contractors in Construction', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 31, pp. 04014095-04014095, 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000344

Zou PXW; Sunindijo RY; Dainty ARJ, 2014, 'A mixed methods research design for bridging the gap between research and practice in construction safety', Safety Science, vol. 70, pp. 316-326, 10.1016/j.ssci.2014.07.005

Votano S; Sunindijo RY, 2014, 'Client safety roles in small and medium construction projects in Australia', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, vol. 140, 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000899

Sunindijo RY; Hadikusumo BHW, 2014, 'Emotional intelligence for managing conflicts in the sociocultural norms of the thai construction industry', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 30, 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000211

Sunindijo RY; Hadikusumo BHW; Phangchunun T, 2014, 'Modelling service quality in the construction industry', International Journal of Business Performance Management, vol. 15, pp. 262-276, 10.1504/IJBPM.2014.063026

Sunindijo RY; Zou PXW, 2013, 'Conceptualizing safety management in construction projects', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, vol. 139, pp. 1144-1153, 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000711

Zou PXW; Sunindijo RY, 2013, 'Skills for managing safety risk, implementing safety task, and developing positive safety climate in construction project', Automation in Construction, vol. 34, pp. 92-100, 10.1016/j.autcon.2012.10.018

Sunindijo RY; Zou PXW, 2013, 'The roles of emotional intelligence, interpersonal skill, and transformational leadership on improving construction safety performance', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, vol. 13, pp. 97-113, 10.5130/ajceb.v13i3.3300

Sunindijo RY; Zou PXW, 2012, 'How project manager’s skills may influence the development of safety climate in construction projects', International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, vol. 4, pp. 286-301, 10.1504/IJPOM.2012.048220

Sunindijo RY, 2012, 'Integrating emotional intelligence, political skill, and transformational leadership in construction', Civil Engineering Dimension, vol. 14, pp. 182-189, http://puslit2.petra.ac.id/ejournal/index.php/civ/article/view/18529

Sunindijo RY; Zou PXW, 2012, 'Political skill for developing construction safety climate', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, vol. 138, pp. 605-612, 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000482

Yosia Sunindijo R; Zou PXW, 2011, 'CHPT construct: essential skills for construction project managers', International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, vol. 3, pp. 139-163, 10.1504/IJPOM.2011.039818

Sunindijo RY; Hadikusumo BHW; Ogunlana S, 2007, 'Emotional intelligence and leadership styles in construction project management', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 23, pp. 166-170, 10.1061/(ASCE)0742-597X(2007)23:4(166)

Conference Papers

Sunindijo RY; Loosemore M; Lestari F; Kusminanti Y; Widanarko B; Febrina C; Amelia F, 2019, 'Comparing safety climate in infrastructure and building projects in Indonesia', in Comparing safety climate in infrastructure and building projects in Indonesia, International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering Structures and Construction Materials (SCESCM 2018), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, presented at International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering Structures and Construction Materials (SCESCM 2018), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 05 - 07 September 2018, 10.1051/matecconf/201925802024

Oo BL; Sunindijo R; Lestari F, 2018, 'Users' long-term satisfaction with post-disaster permanent housing: A case study of 2010 Merapi Eruption, Indonesia', in MATEC Web of Conferences, 10.1051/matecconf/201819202066

Sunindijo RY; Kamardeen I, 2017, 'Antecedents to mental health symptoms in the australian construction industry', in Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM - 33rd Annual Conference 2017, Proceeding, pp. 340-349

Kamardeen I; Sunindijo RY, 2017, 'Attracting and retaining women professionals in construction: A work-stress management perspective', in Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM - 33rd Annual Conference 2017, Proceeding, pp. 400-409

Sunindijo RY, 2016, 'Potential strategies to improving safety in small construction organisations', in Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016, CIB World Building Congress 2016, Tampere, Finland, presented at CIB World Building Congress 2016, Tampere, Finland, 30 May - 03 June 2016, https://www5.shocklogic.com/scripts/jmevent/programme.php?client_Id=FACE&project_Id=WBC16

Kamardeen I; Sunindijo R, 2016, 'Secondary psychological injuries in the Australian construction industry', in Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (ed.), The Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Toronto, Canada, presented at COBRA 2016, Toronto, Canada, 20 - 22 September 2016, http://www.rics.org/au/knowledge/research/conference-papers/reducing-secondary-psychological-injuries-in-the-construction-industry/

Hammersley A; Sunindijo RY, 2015, 'Barriers to improve safety performance in small and medium enterprises in the construction industry in Australia', in Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (ed.), Proceedings RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Sydney, presented at COBRA AUBEA 2015, Sydney, 08 - 10 July 2015, http://www.rics.org/au/knowledge/research/conference-papers/barriers-to-improve-safety-performance-in-small-and-medium-enterprises-in-the-construction-industry-in-australia/

Sunindijo RY, 2015, 'Improving safety among small organisations in the construction industry: Key barriers and improvement strategies', in Procedia Engineering, pp. 109-116, 10.1016/j.proeng.2015.11.017

Sunindijo RY; Zou PXW, 2014, 'An integrated framework for strategic safety management in construction and engineering', in Aulin R; Ek Å (eds.), Proceddings of CIB W099 International Conference Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, pp. 63-74, presented at CIB W099 Conference 2014 on Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety, Lund, Sweden, 02 - 03 June 2014, http://www.lth.se/fileadmin/healthsafety2014/proceedings_-_RA_140703.pdf

Sunindijo RY; Zou PXW, 2013, 'Aligning safety policy development, learning and implementation: From boardroom to site', in Kajewski S; Manley K; Hampson K (eds.), Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, presented at CIB World Congress 2013, Brisbane, Australia, 05 - 09 May 2013

Shi Y; Zhang Z; Zhao J; Sunindijo R, 2013, 'Optimal Quality Decisions for Elderly Service Integrators in Elderly Service Supply Chain', in Kharabsheh RA (ed.), PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ACAD CONFERENCES LTD, Hashemite Univ, Amman, JORDAN, pp. 94-101, presented at International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE), Hashemite Univ, Amman, JORDAN, 04 - 05 March 2013, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000321491800012&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Sunindijo R; Zou P, 2012, 'Developing project skills for managing construction safety: A managerial perspective', in Proceedings of the CIB W099 International Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore, presented at CIB W099 International Conference on Modelling and Building Health and Safety, Singapore, 10 - 11 September 2012

Sunindijo R; Zou P, 2012, 'Managing construction safety using conceptual skill', in Proceedings of the CIB W099 International Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore, presented at CIB W099 International Conference on Modelling and Building Health and Safety, Singapore, 10 - 11 September 2012

McGeorge D; Sunindijo R; Zou PX, 2011, 'Criteria for the development of a safety culture maturity model for the construction industry', in Proceedings of Information Technologies in Safety Management of Large Scale Infrastructure Projects, Information Technologies in Safety Management of Large Scale Infrastructure Projects, Wuhan, Hubei, China, presented at Information Technologies in Safety Management of Large Scale Infrastructure Projects, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 21 - 23 November 2011

Sunindijo RY; Zou PXW, 2011, 'Influence of technical skill on safety task implementation and safety climate development in construction', in Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2011 - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, pp. 269-278

Zou PXW; Sunindijo RY; Dainty A, 2011, 'Review of construction safety research methods: Integrating theory and practice', in Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2011 - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, pp. 953-962

Zou PX; Sunindijo R, 2011, 'Skills for developing safety climate in construction', in Proceedings of Information Technologies in Safety Management of Large Scale Infrastructure Projects, Information Technologies in Safety Management of Large Scale Infrastructure Projects, Wuhan, Hubei, China, presented at Information Technologies in Safety Management of Large Scale Infrastructure Projects, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 21 - 23 November 2011

Sunindijo R; Zou PX, 2011, 'The influence of project personnel's emotional intelligence, interpersonal skill, and transformational leadership on construction safety climate development', in Proceedings of the CIB W099 Conference, CIB W099 Safety and Health in Construction Conference, Washington, D.C., presented at CIB W099 Safety and Health in Construction Conference, Washington, D.C., 24 - 26 August 2011

Zou PXW; Sunindijo RY, 2010, 'Construction safety culture: A revised framework', in CRIOCM 2010 - International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate "Towards Sustainable Development of International Metropolis", pp. 557-567

Sunindijo R; Zou PX, 2009, 'Investigating the Potential Relationships between Project Manager Skills and Project Safety Performance', in Proceedings of the CIB W099 Conference, CIB W099 Conference 2009-Working Together: Planning, Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Industry, Melbourne, Australia, presented at CIB W099 Conference 2009-Working Together: Planning, Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Industry, Melbourne, Australia, 21 - 23 October 2009

Sunindijo RY; Hadikusumo BHW, 2005, 'Benefits of emotional intelligence to project management: A study of leadership and conflict resolution style of project managers in Thailand', in Queensland University of Technology Research Week International Conference, QUT Research Week 2005 - Conference Proceedings