A/Prof Yongjian Ke


My research spans a range of challenges in the delivery of infrastructure projects, including risk allocation, contracting behaviours, social acceptance and social sustainability, among others. I am particularly interested in sustainable infrastructure development and public-private partnerships (PPP) and their potential to drive new investment and collaboration opportunities between Australia and China.

My current work encompasses two funded projects. The first project aims to establish a "social license for infrastructure" framework in Chinese contexts. The second project focuses on studying value co-creation in infrastructure projects. Additionally, I am exploring the topic of social sustainability in PPP projects and examining the potential of procurement as a means of creating social value not only within the scope of the project, but also beyond its initial objectives.

Previously, I have produced highly regarded research on the cultural and contractual differences between infrastructure project management teams in Australia and China, as well as the use of social media to measure community sentiment towards infrastructure project delivery and Chinese investment in Australia. I have received funding from a range of academic and industry organisations, including the Australia-China Relations Institute, the Project Governance Control Symposium and the Project Management Institute.

I am serving as an Editor for the Project Management Journal, the Communications Coordinator of CIB-W122 Public-Private Partnerships, a Guest Professor at Chang′an University in China and a Research Associate at the Australia-China Relations Institute. I hold a PhD in Management Science and Engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering from Tsinghua University in China.

In my role as a postgraduate Project Management program instructor, I advocate for practice-oriented and research-integrated learning methods that emphasises the use of team-based simulated projects to solve real-world industry problems.

As a dedicated supervisor, I am particularly interested in working with students from construction project management backgrounds. I have a proven track record of successfully supervising PhD students. One of my students, during her PhD study, published five journal papers, had another three journal papers under review and won the 2020 Research with Most Potential Award at the 7th Infrastructure Research and Innovation Competition in China. I am currently co-supervising one PhD student and have previously co-supervised two students to completion.


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